Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is the first book in a series of 7 by the best-selling author Richard Paul Evans (The Christmas Box, The Carousel). This is also the first release by Glenn Beck’s new publishing company, Mercury Ink. Marketed to the teen/young adult audience, it is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the darker themes that are being offered recently. I admit, though, that it kept my attention, so I would recommend it for 12 and up. Here is the premise of the book (from the author's website):

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey seems like an ordinary 14-year-old–he likes waffles and video games, hates homework and gets bullied at school. But Michael is anything but ordinary.  He was born with special electrical powers.
When Michael’s best friends, Ostin Liss and cheerleader Taylor Ridley, make an accidental discovery, the trio learns that there are other children with electric powers–and that someone, or some thing, is hunting them.
After Michael’s mother is kidnapped, Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers and friends to combat the powerful Elgen and free his mother. 

This story covers a wide range of topics from bullying, peer pressure, high school crushes, etc. on up to moral and ethical issues that will make anyone stop and consider what their own choices would be. For the hero to be a kid who is picked on due to both his size and for having Tourette's makes him more down-to-earth, and also gives you a clearer reason for his strength of character. Much of the action in the earlier part of the book is more along a typical teenage life, and gives the reader an interest in the growth and development of each one and their interactions with one another.

Then, the true action of the story begins when both Taylor and Mrs. Vey are kidnapped by the mysterious Mr. Hatch and the strange teens with them. We are then whisked to a world where manipulation, greed, self-centeredness, and indulgence are considered normal. Having your every desire fulfilled is commonplace...as long as you show Mr Hatch your unfailing loyalty. The punishment for refusing is imprisonment with electrifying results!! Will good overcome evil? This is going to be a series that stretches your mind, your morals, and your ability to wait for the next exciting installment. I am already eager to read Michael Vey: Rise Of The Elgen.

GIVEAWAY: This time I have been provided with TWO copies of Michael Vey: The Prisoner Of Cell 25 to offer as a giveaway. Leave a comment on this blog (or  send me a message if you can't get logged on) and be entered into a random drawing. I will accept all entries posted no later than 5pm (CST) on December 25, 2011. At that time, I will announce who will be getting a slightly delayed Christmas gift. :)

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in hopes of receiving a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Zac said...

I want a copy!! Enter me in the drawing.

Cindy said...

Kristy Harper wants entered also.

Debra Brown said...

This sounds like a book that I would not ordinarily buy but after the review I must give it a try. Another great review from Cindy.