Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
Written by: Richard Paul Evans
Reviewed by: Richard Montes
Recommended audiences: 8th-12th grade
This book follows the adventures of a high school teenager named Michael Vey. Michael goes to a high school in Idaho. He goes to school just like any other kid; except he is usually unnoticed, and gets bullied a lot. Michael’s best friend is named Ostin. Ostin is incredibly smart and loves to go to school; and he loves to eat. Ostin and Michael are all that each other have; they even get beat up together. However, this soon changes when Michael meets Taylor Ridley, the prettiest girl in school. They sat next to each other in Biology class. Michael notices something unique about Taylor, but little did he know that she would have a very similar ability to his own.
Michael has Tourette’s syndrome, which causes him to blink uncontrollably in uncomfortable or nervous situations. But there’s something special about Michael. Ever since he was born, he had the ability to shock people. For this to happen, he would have to either be directly touching them, or have the victim touch a metal object at the same time as Michael. Either way, he was able to, and if he really wanted to, he could hurt people greatly.
One day in biology class, Michael noticed something about Taylor. When Mr. Poulsen, their teacher, was about to punish Taylor, he seemed to just have forgotten what he was doing. Michael knew that Taylor did something. When they finally talked about it, they realized just how similar they were. Taylor had seen a display of Michael’s shock before; he was being bullied when all of a sudden the bullies just fell over in excruciating pain. Taylor just ran away, and Michael was scared to see what would happen. However, soon enough he found out Taylor’s power. She had the ability to reboot a person by scrambling the electrical signals in their brain, causing them to forget what they had been doing just a second ago. She also could read their minds if direct contact was made. But both of them had special powers, and both included the power of electricity. They soon begin to realize that someone or something is hunting them down. With the help of Ostin, the three of them create a club called the Electroclan. The clan is trying to discover why Michael and Taylor have these powers, but would something stop them before they find the answer?
Author’s Website: http://www.richardpaulevans.com/
Description of Book: http://www.richardpaulevans.com/books/michael-vey
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