Hunt for Jade Dragon (Michael Vey)

Synopsis:

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—andOstin’s.

But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!


The Phoenix’s Perspective

Every book in the Michael Vey series has been captivating. Hunt for Jade Dragon was no different. Normally, I just find myself sucked into the story so much that I can’t put the book down, but this time, I was so into the book that I didn’t even realize how sucked in I was. It felt like I started the book one day and, when I looked up that evening, I had somehow made it to page 292.  Finding myself through so much of the book so quickly was both thrilling and saddening all at once.  It was great because the storyline was interesting and exciting, but it was unfortunate because I knew that it was coming to an end and I would have to wait about a year before seeing the Electroclan again.

If you’re like me, then I am sure you love “the (underdog) good guy versus the (overpowering) bad guy” motif. So far in the series, this is all we have seen and it has not been disappointing. But, with Hunt for Jade Dragon, Richard Paul Evans does something wonderful – something closer to what real life is truly like.  He blurs the lines a little.  It’s been said that inside every good guy is a bad seed waiting to burst and inside every bad guy is good just dying to come out.  Evans uses this installment to bring that inner battle to light.  Each member of the Electroclan and the Elgen alike need to decide what they really want to fight for and who will help them win that fight.

My only qualm about the book is that I felt like we didn’t learn enough about its namesake. Jade Dragon is the reason behind the mission. She is the reason that the Electroclan goes through these new experiences, learning more about themselves, their powers and the others around them.  She is integral to the storyline and yet she makes an appearance equivalent to feeling 15 minutes of fame.

Overall, it was an awesome read and I am excited to know that there is more to come for this series.


Would I add it to the library?

I am only upset that have to wait another year before the next great installment.

 

Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, psionic powers
ISBN: 9781481424394
Rating:  good

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