Thanks to one of my students, Olivia–who donated the copies–, the second and third installments of the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans have been among the most in demand books in my classroom library. I was fortunate enough to snag Rise of the Elgen (in a combo book with the first–Prisoner of Cell 25) before being home for three snow days and a weekend. Needless to say, I devoured book 2 as quickly as I did book 1.
Michael and his friends have escaped the Elgen facility in California and are headed home to Idaho. But when they get there, they find it is not safe to go home. Houses have been burned and parents have been kidnapped. The Elgen are hunting them down and seem to know their every move. Then a mysterious cell phone connected to an unknown voice offers to help Michael and his friends track down and rescue his mother who is still being held by the Elgen. Meanwhile, Dr. Hatch is leading the Elgen (or at least his faithful children and guards) in an attempt for world power and domination. Will Michael and his friends be able to stop them in time?
Just like the first book, this one is packed with non-stop action. Is it believable? No, but that’s not the point. Michael and the electric children are a new breed of superheroes–or villains–depending on their allegiance. Throughout this installment, all of their powers grow stronger as they practice and use them. The power surge is even more dramatic for Michael, who just might be the strongest of them all.
One of the things I liked most about this book is how all members of the Electroclan must learn to trust each other and work together. It is easier for the electric children to accept Ostin with his superior brain power, but even Jack and Wade have the chance to be heroes on their journey across North and South America. Before their journey is done, those who were most at odds with each other (I’m looking at you Jack and Zeus and Ostin) must learn to respect each other before they bring the whole group down.
Now who is reading book 3? After the surprising ending, I don’t know how long I can wait.