Review: “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans
Description from Goodreads:
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Every now and then, you come across a book you can’t put down. “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” is one of those books. It’s the first of a seven book series (yes, seven) centering on Michael Vey and the electric children.
Michael Vey isn’t your typical hero. He’s a fifteen year old with tourette’s who, unfortunately, finds himself being bullied constantly. His best friend, Ostin (pronounced Austin), lives a couple doors down in his apartment complex. He’s the only friend Michael has, and one of the only people to know about his power. Until he becomes friends with Taylor.
Becoming friends with Taylor changes everything. The people that have been looking for them, teenagers with special powers brought upon during an accident at the hospital they were born in, finally find them. They succeed in bringing Taylor back, but Michael manages to escape, although they bring in a loved one for insurance – knowing he’ll come looking for them. Making sure to avoid spoilers, I’ll skip over what happens next.
I adore the fact that Richard Paul Evans decided to go with a hero that was out of the ordinary. Michael doesn’t fully come into his powers until the end and when he does, it’s absolutely fascinating to read. From the powers the teenagers have, to the story of how they obtained them, to the Academy, to Hatch…everything was wonderfully thought out. I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. I just couldn’t put it down.
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