Monday, March 18, 2013
Michael Vey- The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
It's Monday again, and you know what that means... back to work. But also, Middle Grade Monday! Today I am taking a look at Richard Paul Evans, Michael Vey- The Prisoner of Cell 25.
Michael Vey and his mother move around a lot. That is because Michael has a secret, and electrical secret. From the time he was born he was able to pulse electric surges at people. Right now he is a student at Meridian High School, with a best friend named Ostin and a crush on a cheer leader named Taylor.
He tries to hide his powers, but one day he gets beat up so badly by the school bullies, that he shocks all three of them to the ground. Even worse, Taylor sees the whole thing! Hoping he doesn't have to move again, he confides in Taylor and she promises to keep his secret. If he'll keep hers. Seems she's a bit like Michael.
Together they try to figure out why they are different. But, their search alerts the bad guys, and soon Michael's mom is kidnapped and held hostage. Michael, Taylor and Ostin travel to Pasadena, CA to uncover the truth behind the "electric kids" and find Michael's mom.
This is a fun book. Not just because of the superpowers, but because there is a great plot that winds through the story. I was impressed by Michael's character. He takes a lot of crap from a lot of people, and does a good job controlling himself. He is a likable and relatable guy.
Then there is Taylor. I was so happy with the choices she makes while at the Pasadena school. Michael too. It just goes to show that some people know right from wrong, and don't lust after power. The whole conflict between power and morals is a great theme. The villain, Dr. Hatch, is the epitome of a creep. He woes, flatters and bribes and then goes in for the kill. His character is well written and the reader can't help but cringe as they get to know him.
An imaginative read for ages 8 and older. Plus, the sequel came out last August, 2012- Rise of the Elgen.