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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

by Richard Paul Evans

Reviewed by John M. Wills Released: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse (336 pages)

." . . my 13-year-old grandson picked it up and began reading the first chapter after I had put it down. He remarked, "Papa, hurry up and finish reading this, I want to see where this story goes." I already know where this is all going: "Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25" is going to be another bestseller for Richard Paul Evans. The book is electric."

Having read much of Richard Paul Evans's work, I knew to expect a wonderful story; however, I admit I was skeptical about reading a novel geared toward children 12 years old and up. My skepticism disappeared quickly as I began reading about the book's protagonist, Michael Vey.

Author Evans has created a character that will entertain both adults and children. I found myself absorbed in the story just several pages in. Michael Vey is, ostensibly, an average teenager, 14 years old, who has the same problems as others in that awkward age group. He finds himself the victim of bullying, mostly due to his facial tics, a result of Tourette's. He doesn't fit in with most kids in school, and the girls avoid him whenever possible.

His only friend, Ostin, the class brain--and therefore a nerd to the school jocks--also endures endless bouts of pranks and teasing. The two likeable adolescents form a bond that enables them to endure the constant gauntlet laid down by their classmates.

At one point in the story an incident occurs in which Michael discovers he has a secret power--he's electric. Although his mother has known this about her son for some time, Michael is just now discovering his abnormal abilities can be used to his advantage.

As the story develops, Mr. Evans creates moral dilemmas that Michael and his friends must face. Questions of ethics and evil versus good become pivotal points and serve to develop a moral comp

5Q 4P M J

Evans, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell-25. Simon Pulse, 2011. 336p. $17.99. 978-1-4516-5650-3.

Ninth grade can be brutal, especially if you are an undersized boy dealing with Tourette's syndrome. Add bullies, disingenuous authority figures, a geeky best friend, a loving but financially strapped parent, and you have a relatable protagonist who just happens to have an amazing superpower. Michael Vey can zap people with electricity. With his mother's help, he has been able to keep his "mutation" a secret until the eventful day when popular cheerleader, Taylor, witnesses him defending himself against three tormentors. This event sets into action a chain of discoveries, deceit, and destruction that brings together an unlikely group of young people who must work together to save themselves and others. Throughout these adventures, the author interweaves a plausible scientific explanation for Michael's powers: sixteen years ago, seventeen babies were inadvertently given special abilities. Now, evil powerbrokers want to use these young people to cause international mayhem and gain wealth through extortion. Short chapters with intriguing titles, excellent writing, and engaging characters make this action-packed story a compulsively entertaining read. The tale progresses with altering points of view. Michael tells his story in first-person and Taylor's tale is narrated in third-person. This first book of a planned series has a satisfying conclusion but leaves the reader determined to discover what the next book, Rise of the Electroclan, has in store for our young hero and his friends. Though contemporary and edgy, this book contains no bad language, sex, or gratuitous violence. This is a book Rick Riordan's fans will want to read.

VOYA, October 2011

"Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25", ""by Richard Paul Evans, is one of those books that you'd better give yourself time to read because once you begin, you won't stop! Michael Vey goes to high school in Idaho where he's keeping a secret. He has strange electric powers and soon discovers there's another girl who has similar powers. When both the girl and his mom are kidnapped, the action accelerates! There are more books planned in this series.

"Newton Book News"

Evans, Richard Paul

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

2011. 336pp. $17.99 hc. Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). 978-1-4516-5650-3. Grade 7 & up

Like Richard Evans' adult novels, this title has a message of hope and love. However, this book also has pure adventure, science fiction, and creepy bad guys. Michael Vey has been hiding a secret all his life: he has a superpower. Sixteen other children born in the same hospital at the same time also exhibit unusual electromagnetic powers. Michael and Taylor are the only ones who haven't been collected by the evil, power hungry men. With some help from others, Michael and Taylor free the prisoners of the twisted Elgin Academy where they are held. The book ends with Michael, Taylor, and their new friends banding together to rescue Michael's mother, setting the scenario for a sequel. Although the book starts out rather slowly, the pace picked up. Readers will be looking forward to the next book in the series. Kyla M Johnson, Librarian, Farmington (New Mexico) High School [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.]

Recommended

Library Media Connection, Jan/Feb 2012

EVANS, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. 336p. S & S/Pulse/Mercury Ink. 2011. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-6183-5; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-5822-4. LC number unavailable.

Gr 5-9-Michael Vey, 14, has problems. Not only does he suffer from Tourette's syndrome, but he also has electricity coursing through his body. He can shock people without rubbing his feet on the carpet; he can jump-start his mother's car by holding the battery connectors and "surging," and he can knock bullies who attack him off their feet. Michael and his mother have moved to Idaho because there was an "incident" in his former town, and now he discovers that the prettiest girl in his new school has powers, too. Taylor can read people's minds. Ostin, Michael's best friend, doesn't have powers, but he is wicked smart and helps them to figure out that there is more to the mystery than the fact that they were born in the same hospital within days of each other. Soon there is a terrifying adventure afoot when they are captured and introduced to others with powers who, under the lead of the sinister Hitch, have kidnapped Michael's mother and have evil plans for the world. The dialogue and interactions among the teens seem more like they belong in the 1950s rather than today, but the fast-paced action and cool powers will probably outweigh any negatives.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

SLJ, November 2011

""Michael Vey" is fantastic. I simply couldn't put it down. I believe "Michael Vey" is every bit as good as "Twilight "or "Harry Potter"."

- Glenn Beck, #1 bestselling author, media personality

"My kind of book-- fast, funny, and strange. Once Michael's astounding powers are revealed, the shocks keep coming chapter after chapter."

- R.L. Stine, #1 bestselling author of Goosebumps

""Michael Vey" is one of the most original thrillers I've come across in years. It's rare that a book can appeal to a young adult just as much as their parents-but Evans has pulled it off."

- Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Evans (The Christmas Box) enters the YA market with this fast-paced... tale of a teenager with superpowers and the conspiracy that created him... Evans delivers a pair of believable lead characters--Taylor has wits and personal integrity, while Michael's Tourette's syndrome, coupled with an emotional jolt from his past, adds dimension."

-"Publishers Weekly", August, 2011

""Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25" by Richard Paul Evans is a fantastic read...because of the realistic writing, the likable characters, and a plot that guarantees non-stop action from almost the first page...Any teen into action, adventure or science fiction will want to make sure "Michael Vey" is on his or her bookshelf."

"- Chicago Examiner.com"

Review

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

by Richard Paul Evans

Reviewed by John M. Wills Released: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse (336 pages)

“. . . my 13-year-old grandson picked it up and began reading the first chapter after I had put it down. He remarked, “Papa, hurry up and finish reading this, I want to see where this story goes.” I already know where this is all going: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is going to be another bestseller for Richard Paul Evans. The book is electric.”

Having read much of Richard Paul Evans’s work, I knew to expect a wonderful story; however, I admit I was skeptical about reading a novel geared toward children 12 years old and up. My skepticism disappeared quickly as I began reading about the book’s protagonist, Michael Vey.

Author Evans has created a character that will entertain both adults and children. I found myself absorbed in the story just several pages in. Michael Vey is, ostensibly, an average teenager, 14 years old, who has the same problems as others in that awkward age group. He finds himself the victim of bullying, mostly due to his facial tics, a result of Tourette’s. He doesn’t fit in with most kids in school, and the girls avoid him whenever possible.

His only friend, Ostin, the class brain—and therefore a nerd to the school jocks—also endures endless bouts of pranks and teasing. The two likeable adolescents form a bond that enables them to endure the constant gauntlet laid down by their classmates.

At one point in the story an incident occurs in which Michael discovers he has a secret power—he’s electric. Although his mother has known this about her son for some time, Michael is just now discovering his abnormal abilities can be used to his advantage.

As the story develops, Mr. Evans creates moral dilemmas that Michael and his friends must face. Questions of ethics and evil versus good become pivotal points and serve to develop a moral compass for the youngsters, both in the story and hopefully for the children reading the book.

There are plenty of thrills and adventure in this well-written novel, one that readers will feel comfortable in having their sons and daughter read. In fact, my 13-year-old grandson picked it up and began reading the first chapter after I had put it down. He remarked, “Papa, hurry up and finish reading this, I want to see where this story goes.”

I already know where this is all going: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is going to be another bestseller for Richard Paul Evans. The book is electric.

Reviewer John M. Wills is the author of Gripped by Fear (TotalRecall Publications), the second novel in the Chicago Warriors Thriller Series. His book, Targeted, won 1st Place in 2011 at the Public Safety Writers Association Convention; he is also a former Chicago Police Officer and retired FBI Agent.

- New York Journal of Books, August 2011

5Q 4P M J

Evans, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell-25. Simon Pulse, 2011. 336p. $17.99. 978-1-4516-5650-3.

Ninth grade can be brutal, especially if you are an undersized boy dealing with Tourette’s syndrome. Add bullies, disingenuous authority figures, a geeky best friend, a loving but financially strapped parent, and you have a relatable protagonist who just happens to have an amazing superpower. Michael Vey can zap people with electricity. With his mother’s help, he has been able to keep his “mutation” a secret until the eventful day when popular cheerleader, Taylor, witnesses him defending himself against three tormentors. This event sets into action a chain of discoveries, deceit, and destruction that brings together an unlikely group of young people who must work together to save themselves and others. Throughout these adventures, the author interweaves a plausible scientific explanation for Michael’s powers: sixteen years ago, seventeen babies were inadvertently given special abilities. Now, evil powerbrokers want to use these young people to cause international mayhem and gain wealth through extortion. Short chapters with intriguing titles, excellent writing, and engaging characters make this action-packed story a compulsively entertaining read. The tale progresses with altering points of view. Michael tells his story in first-person and Taylor’s tale is narrated in third-person. This first book of a planned series has a satisfying conclusion but leaves the reader determined to discover what the next book, Rise of the Electroclan, has in store for our young hero and his friends. Though contemporary and edgy, this book contains no bad language, sex, or gratuitous violence. This is a book Rick Riordan’s fans will want to read.

VOYA, October 2011

Evans, Richard Paul

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

2011. 336pp. $17.99 hc. Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). 978-1-4516-5650-3. Grade 7 & up

Like Richard Evans’ adult novels, this title has a message of hope and love. However, this book also has pure adventure, science fiction, and creepy bad guys. Michael Vey has been hiding a secret all his life: he has a superpower. Sixteen other children born in the same hospital at the same time also exhibit unusual electromagnetic powers. Michael and Taylor are the only ones who haven’t been collected by the evil, power hungry men. With some help from others, Michael and Taylor free the prisoners of the twisted Elgin Academy where they are held. The book ends with Michael, Taylor, and their new friends banding together to rescue Michael’s mother, setting the scenario for a sequel. Although the book starts out rather slowly, the pace picked up. Readers will be looking forward to the next book in the series. Kyla M Johnson, Librarian, Farmington (New Mexico) High School [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.]

Recommended

Library Media Connection, Jan/Feb 2012

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans, is one of those books that you’d better give yourself time to read because once you begin, you won’t stop! Michael Vey goes to high school in Idaho where he’s keeping a secret. He has strange electric powers and soon discovers there’s another girl who has similar powers. When both the girl and his mom are kidnapped, the action accelerates! There are more books planned in this series.

Newton Book News

EVANS, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. 336p. S & S/Pulse/Mercury Ink. 2011. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-6183-5; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-5822-4. LC number unavailable.

Gr 5-9–Michael Vey, 14, has problems. Not only does he suffer from Tourette’s syndrome, but he also has electricity coursing through his body. He can shock people without rubbing his feet on the carpet; he can jump-start his mother’s car by holding the battery connectors and “surging,” and he can knock bullies who attack him off their feet. Michael and his mother have moved to Idaho because there was an “incident” in his former town, and now he discovers that the prettiest girl in his new school has powers, too. Taylor can read people’s minds. Ostin, Michael’s best friend, doesn’t have powers, but he is wicked smart and helps them to figure out that there is more to the mystery than the fact that they were born in the same hospital within days of each other. Soon there is a terrifying adventure afoot when they are captured and introduced to others with powers who, under the lead of the sinister Hitch, have kidnapped Michael’s mother and have evil plans for the world. The dialogue and interactions among the teens seem more like they belong in the 1950s rather than today, but the fast-paced action and cool powers will probably outweigh any negatives.–Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

SLJ, November 2011

"Evans (The Christmas Box) enters the YA market with this fast-paced... tale of a teenager with superpowers and the conspiracy that created him... Evans delivers a pair of believable lead characters--Taylor has wits and personal integrity, while Michael's Tourette's syndrome, coupled with an emotional jolt from his past, adds dimension."

-Publishers Weekly, August, 2011

"My kind of book-- fast, funny, and strange. Once Michael's astounding powers are revealed, the shocks keep coming chapter after chapter."

- R.L. Stine, #1 bestselling author of Goosebumps

"Michael Vey is one of the most original thrillers I've come across in years. It's rare that a book can appeal to a young adult just as much as their parents-but Evans has pulled it off."

- Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Michael Vey is fantastic. I simply couldn't put it down. I believe Michael Vey is every bit as good as Twilight or Harry Potter."

- Glenn Beck, #1 bestselling author, media personality

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is a fantastic read…because of the realistic writing, the likable characters, and a plot that guarantees non-stop action from almost the first page…Any teen into action, adventure or science fiction will want to make sure Michael Vey is on his or her bookshelf.”

– Chicago Examiner.com


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  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 9, 2011
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I didn't know what to expect when I began reading this book. I had read every one of Richard Paul Evan's books for adults and children, but couldn't imagine what a young adult book by him would be like. Once I began reading MICHAEL VEY, I couldn't put it down until I was finished, and then only wanted more! The characters are real; you come to know them and feel for them. At times I was at the edge of my seat not knowing what might come next. The battle between good and evil,ethical questions, acceptance of differences, the strength of friendship,the feelings associated with, and the effects of bullying, peer pressure......it's all in here!!! A fabulous read! Waiting for the next book in the series! I have already bought several books to share with friends and family.
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I loved this book. I pre-ordered it for my Kindle after hearing Glenn Beck talk so highly about it - I totally agree with Mr. Beck. It was excellent. I'm not a teenager, by far, but a 40 year old who loves to read. I thought this book was well paced, kept my interest, was a completely unique subject, and left me wanting to read more. What else could one ask for? I just hope it's made into a movie. If you liked the Twilight series or the Hunger Games series, Michael Vey is for you.
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Wow! I loved Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25! I was fascinated by the imagination of the author Richard Paul Evans. From one chapter to the next, it totally held MY interest. I found this book to have all the ingredients for a great read... humor among the characters but plenty of adventure and chills too! I am hooked on Michael and his friends with their special powers and am glad this is going to be a series. As a grandma I LOVED this book and will be purchasing it for my grandchildren.
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As a parent of two teenage boys and one soon to be teenage daughter, I am concerned with the decline of positive media options available to my family. The story of Michael Vey is very exciting and enjoyable to read, but on a different level the book also teaches and reinforces positive values. It shows that it is okay to love your family and that it is cool to be smart. It encourages personal integrity and the courage to stand up for what you believe. I would recommend this book to parents and their teenagers.
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I was anxious waiting for this book to release because I love this author's other books but this is the first for the younger crowd. Well, Richard Paul Evans does not disappoint. I really enjoyed it, but even better my 12 and 14 year old grandsons are loving it. I can't wait to give it to my other children and their families for Christmas. I really can't wait for the books to come.....what does the future hold for Michael Vey? I consider myself well read, and well rounded enough to enjoy books written for most all audiences. Well done Mr. Evans.
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I thought the book was great! I read it in just 2 days, in the car. My 13 yr. old boy is reading it and loving it too. He is a self proclaimed non reader, but has had no problem jumping into this and enjoying it very much. He's even reading when I'm not prompting him, ahhhh he's reading for enjoyment! I'm thrilled with it and can't wait for book 2!
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It is easy to identify with Michael Vey; bullied and he considers himself a nobody. Michael finds himself, once again, in the principal's office because he was the stuffed upside down in his locker. Even though he is the victim, he gets punished and his tormentors go free. Sure that Vey 'snitched', they attacked once more. Only this time Michael has had enough and he lets lose and his secret is exposed.

Michael Vey, The Prisoner in Cell 25 is an excellent book for youths (and adults). While maintaining excitement, Richard Paul Evans confronts issues of bullying, revenge and morality. When people say this book is a page turner, it is because it really is. Enjoy.
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So far I read all of Richard's books and all of them are really good books. I heard a lot about this story Michael Vey, waiting to read this amazing book. I recommend all of Richard's books to book lovers. Please get to know his writings, the wonderful stories and the lessons you would be able to learn from them.
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