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By Reviewer: Dianne for TeenLitReview
Description: (From the Book Jacket) “My name is Michael Vey and there’s something you don’t know about me; something that scares people more than you would believe. It’s my secret – and it’s part of the story I’m about to tell you.”
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is just your average, ordinary fourteen-year-old. But Michael is anything but ordinary – in fact, he is electric.
When Michael’s best friends, Ostin Liss and cheerleader Taylor Ridley, make an accidental discovery, the three of them learn that there are other kids with similar powers – and that someone, or something is hunting them.
After Michael’s mother is kidnapped, Michael will have to rely on his wits, his unique power, and his friends to combat the hunters, free his mother, and save the others.
Review: Wow, this is a really exciting, fast paced book!
Only seventeen of the fifty-nine babies born at Pasadena General Hospital during the eleven days of testing of a new method of body imaging survived more than two days, but they did not survive unscathed. Each one of them had a physical anomaly which imparted to them a unique characteristic that affected their electrical systems. Michael was able to generate electricity within his body that he could release at will.
Dr. C. James Hatch, who pioneered the imaging procedure, had hushed up any reference to what had happened at Pasadena General and was now searching for the last two survivors that he had not yet apprehended – Michael Vey and Taylor Ridley.
Dr. Hatch fully intended to use these exceptional children to heighten his power for his own nefarious purposes and would go to any lengths to secure their cooperation.
This novel is a classic example of good vs. evil.
Rating: 4 for mild to moderate violence
Positive: Michael shows remarkable courage and restraint in controlling his power, choosing to do the appropriate thing when faced with several bullies. He does, however get pushed beyond his limit when the bullies tried to strip him of his pants.
It is evident that Michael has a deep love and respect for his mother who has taught him strong morals and character. He even manages to befriend the bullies who were tormenting him and comes to understand some of the rationale behind their behavior.
After being captured by Dr. Hatch, Michael refused to commit the atrocities planned by Hatch to garner his loyalty. (Who would you choose to destroy – your mother or your friend?)
This book addresses difficulties that teens face – bullying, difficult decisions, peer pressure, teen crushes, less than ideal home situations – and Michael and his friends must learn to deal with each in turn along with a plethora of other problems. There is much here to initiate discussions about making right choices.
Spiritual Elements: None.
Violence: There was a fair amount of violence, much of it connected with the special abilities of these students. Torture was the word used when students were isolated with the barest of necessities and threatened with electrical shock. One of these special students followed Hatch’s every request and had the ability to virtually suck the life out of the others, causing excruciating headaches. There was little graphic violence. Most of the violence was manifested by playing with the minds of these kids, which could be disturbing to young readers.
Sexual Content: Mild kissing once or twice.
Other: There was mention of an adult drinking beer, and one glass of champagne was served to this group of fifteen year olds to celebrate Taylor’s birthday.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to teens 14 and up mainly because of the emotional turbulence it could cause in younger readers. The maturity level of younger readers should be used as a guide to determine whether a student could handle the tension. There were many opportunities to choose good over evil even though the choices given were agonizing.
Title: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Primary Audience/age group: Middle School and upcoming
Genre: Science Fiction
# Of pages: 325
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
Year of Release: 2011
Part of a Series? Yes, 1 of ? (Book 2 coming in August, 2012)