In The Rise of the Elgen, fifteen-year-old Michael is back with his super-electric friends in the exciting follow-up to The Prisoner of Cell 25. He is on a quest to save his mother, and bring down the evil Mr. Hatch in the process. The clan itself experiences some difficulties as two boys both crush on the same girl. Eventually, their animosity towards each other gives way to a mutual respect, with both agreeing to put the safety of the group first. Michael experiences growing pains as a leader, but is buoyed by his friends' support and gains confidence as the story proceeds. Mr. Hatch rules by intimidation, with his greatest threat being that of sending a victim through a chute to be fed to throngs of electrified rats. Michael and his friends learn that bravery cannot exist without fear, as well as the importance of believing in their cause.Teamwork is key to the Electroclan, as each member has different skills--brains are highly-valued, and smart planning is central to their success. Sensitive readers may want to be forewarned that two bulls are killed (one is fed to the rats and the other is electrocuted charging a fence). The story ends with a large cliffhanger, which will definitely leave fans wanting more.