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Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen

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Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen

Michael Vey and his band of electric friends, the Electroclan, have escaped the Elgen compound but find that the powerful group is still after them. Michael’s powers grow in this sequel to MICHAEL VEY: THE PRISONER OF CELL 25, along with his leadership skills, as they face everything from explosions and electrically-charged rats to missing family members and life-threatening rescues.

"Those new to Richard Paul Evans’ series may want to read the first book to get up to speed on the electric powers and language, but it’s not entirely necessary in order to enjoy this fast-paced, taut thriller."

When the adventure begins, Michael, his girlfriend Taylor, several electric friends and a couple of non-powered ones are attempting to hide in their small Idaho town. They are trying to regroup and study data that one electric teen downloaded from the Elgen’s mainframe so they can return and rescue Michael’s captured mom. Then Jack’s house is burned down, Elgen guards are waiting at Ostin’s, and Taylor’s family is in danger. They try McKenna’s family when a mysterious cell phone is given to Michael. It can only be turned on by electric people, and a voice tells him he wants to help.

However, the Electroclan has learned to trust no one and formulates their own plan. A high-speed car chase with an explosion is just one of the dangers they encounter, but they are able to get to Peru with help from the mysterious man on the phone.

In the meantime, Hatch is organizing his new army led by several electric kids who idolize him. One is Tara, Taylor’s evil twin. They still have Michael’s mother and are building a race of electricity-creating superrats, retraining Elgen guards from all over the world for Hatch’s world domination plan.

Unthwarted by the jungle they find, Michael and the Electroclan make their way into the Elgen compound for the rescue. They are recaptured, and the scenes with the rats will keep readers turning pages quickly to find out how they escape. But one member of the Electroclan must stay and face Hatch to let the others escape, and Michael steps in. Hatch has let his issues with Michael become very personal and devises a particularly horrible torture and death for him. But everyone has underestimated Michael’s powers, both electric and otherwise.

Those new to Richard Paul Evans’ series may want to read the first book to get up to speed on the electric powers and language, but it’s not entirely necessary in order to enjoy this fast-paced, taut thriller. The members of the Electroclan are vivid characters with strengths and weaknesses, and seem like everyday teens --- except for their powers. There are several techno-spy-type series in stores now; this will appeal to those fans but also to many teens looking for good science fiction featuring heroes their own age. The surprises build in every chapter, and readers will eagerly await the next installment of this super-charged series.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on September 8, 2012

Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen
by Richard Paul Evans