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Michael Vey 7: The Final Spark

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Michael Vey 7: The Final Spark

MICHAEL VEY: The Final Sparkisthe seventh and final novel in the bestselling series, Michael Vey, written by Richard Paul Evans. After Michael supposedly sacrifices himself to destroy the island Hades, the Electroclan is left to survive on their own. With a set of new characters, their fight for survival still has a glimmer of hope. Much of the islands are destroyed and in ruins; the natives live in chaos. Hatch’s plans, although setback, are still in motion as he continues to manipulate the world into his control.

"A satisfying ending to an amazing series full of thrilling storytelling and action...following Michael’s journey was a rollercoaster ride of thrill, intensity, love, loss, defiance and triumph."

What surprised me the most was the fact that most of the novel was not from Michael’s point of view. Evans allowed us to take a look at the lives of the civilians from the islands and how they fought back against evil. It was a relief from the constant “I’m getting more electric” tone that Michael brought with each book. It kept my interest with snappy dialogue and intense battle sequences.

However, there is a huge cast of characters, some of which I could not keep track of. Throughout the whole series, there were rarely any impacting casualties --- nothing to play with the reader’s emotions too heavily. It keeps a lighter mood and the main characters seem almost invincible. As the last novel in a series based around Michael Vey, this book, although revolving around him, only featured Michael as a plot device. The main protagonist did not receive a final struggle or battle as he did in the last book. This seemed like a mixture of a spin-off and the resolution of the series.

It seemed disconnected from the last book, because the Electroclan plays a small role. None of Taylor’s dreams of prophecy were ever brought up and the Voice didn’t play a major role either. I would have enjoyed a plot twist, but most of the book was predictable. Michael’s presence was a bit of a stretch too far, after the explosion of lightning in the last book. It crossed the line of science fiction and pure make believe. The epilogue was cheesy and cliché but I enjoyed reading the interactions between Ostin and Jack’s characters --- how two people from two completely different backgrounds could be so similar.

Overall, MICHAEL VEY: The Final Spark had its upsides and its downsides. It was a satisfying ending to an amazing series full of thrilling storytelling and action. After reading all 7 books, following Michael’s journey was a rollercoaster ride of thrill, intensity, love, loss, defiance and triumph.

Reviewed by Jeremy H., Teen Board Member on November 2, 2017

Michael Vey 7: The Final Spark
(Michael Vey #7)
by Richard Paul Evans