Evans, Richard Paul.
MICHAEL VEY : THE PRISONER OF CELL 25
New York : Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, 2011
Ninth grade can be brutal, especially if you
are an undersized boy dealing with Tourette’s syndrome.
Add bullies, disingenuous authority figures, a geeky
best friend, a loving but financially strapped parent,
and you have a relatable protagonist who just happens to
have an amazing superpower. Michael Vey can zap people
with electricity. With his mother’s help, he has been
able to keep his “mutation” a secret until the eventful
day when popular cheerleader, Taylor, witnesses him
defending himself against three tormentors. This event
sets into action a chain of discoveries, deceit, and
destruction that brings together an unlikely group of
young people who must work together to save themselves
and others. Throughout these adventures, the scientific
explanation for Michael’s powers emerges: sixteen years
ago, seventeen babies were inadvertently given special
abilities. Now, evil powerbrokers want to use these
young people to cause international mayhem and gain
wealth through extortion. Short chapters with intriguing
titles, excellent writing, and engaging characters make
this action-packed story a compulsively entertaining
read. The tale progresses with altering points of view.
Michael tells his story in first-person and Taylor’s
tale is narrated in third-person. This first book of a
planned series has a satisfying conclusion but leaves
the reader determined to discover what the next book,
Rise of the Electroclan, has in store for our young hero
and his friends. (Booktalk by Julie Bolin for 2014 Louisiana
Readers’ Choice nominee)
Fourteen-year-old Michael Vey
has a dangerous power, and the bullies at his school just
pushed him into revealing it. When Michael tries to
defend himself by using his ability to control electrical
currents, he draws the attention of the evil Dr. Hatch and
a team of scientists who have been hunting Michael for
years. In an attempt to control Michael, the bad
guys kidnap Michael’s mother, whisking her off to their
secret compound in California. Taking along his
friends Ostin and Taylor, Michael sets off on a quest to
save his mom, free all the kids in the compound, and find
out once and for all why he has these strange,
|SUBJECTS: Teenagers -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Electricity -- Fiction.
Prisoners -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.