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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Book #1)
by Richard Paul Evans
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 13-17
PUBLISHER: Mercury Ink
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 336
GENRE{S}: Science Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SERIES: Michael Vey
SEQUEL: Michael Vey: The Rise of the Elgen (Book #2)
ISBN: 1451656505
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Book #1)—Book Review

To nearly everyone at his small high school in Idaho, Michael Vey is just a slightly nerdy fourteen-year-old kid with a case of Tourette's Syndrome that makes him blink and swallow too much. But Michael is about as far from everyday ordinary as you can get--in fact, he is electric. When Michael and his best friends, science-geek Ostin and cheerleader Taylor, make an accidental discovery, they realize that there are other kids out there with similar powers and that someone is hunting them. After Michael's mother is kidnapped, he will have only himself, his special powers, and his friends to rely on to fight the hunters, free his mother, and save the other kids like him.
The Scoop
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Book #1)—Book Review
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Michael Vey is the first title in an action-packed new series about a group of kids who were exposed to a mysterious dose of radiation at birth, and as a result have strange electrical-based powers. Michael begins the story as an undersized, somewhat meek boy who is the target of school bullies. As the story evolves, he learns to accept and embrace his powers and develops into a principled leader. The organization that is hunting the "Glows" (as they are referred to) buys their loyalty with elaborate gifts and brainwashing. As proof of their sincerity, the leader of the organization asks the teens to use their powers in ways that will certainly hurt and possibly kill. Michael shows great courage in refusing to join the organization in spite of the fact that his mother's life hangs in the balance, and leads a group of kids in rebellion. Michael suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, which is presented in a matter of fact way. There is a nice social mixup, as the school underdogs, the popular cheerleader, and the misunderstood bullies all end up joining forces. There is violence, as is expected in an action thriller, but it's primarily the Glows using their electrical powers--shocking, zapping etc. People end up unconscious, but there is no death or blood. There are references to the organization using electrical powers to bring down airplanes, but it's never described. All told, this will be a fun book for teens or older tweens who enjoy a smart thriller.
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