Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey)

Synopsis:

I rolled over to my back, struggling for breath. The pain continued to pulse through my body—a heavy throb followed by a sharp, crisp sting.

The man said, “Trust me, there are worse things in this world than Cell 25.”

Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan have escaped from the Elgen Academy in Pasadena and are headed back to Idaho to plan their next move. But what’s waiting for them there will change everything.

After using their wits and powers to narrowly escape an Elgen trap, a mysterious voice leads the Electroclan to the jungles of Peru in search of Michael’s mother. Once there, they discover that Dr. Hatch and the Elgen are far more powerful than anyone realizes; entire countries have begun to fall under their control. Only the Electroclan and an anonymous voice now stand in the way of the Elgen’s plan for global domination.

But is the voice that Michael is following really an ally, or is it just another Elgen trap?


The Phoenix’s Perspective

If this series ever gets turned into movies, this one will be action packed from the first scene to the very last. The first two chapters setup the story for anyone who didn’t read the first book. From then it is high speed chase to electric sparks all over to secret societies to missing people and burned houses.

At its core, the storyline remains the same. Michael wants to rescue his mother from whatever prison she is being held in. All that follows is a result of that one driving force.  Michael and his friends, the Electroclan, are bound together by the knowledge that there are people wanting to hurt them.  Electric or not, they are there to help each other through anything.

Unexpectedly, Michael turns out to be a great leader. Whether he wants to or not, he cannot lie about his feelings. The tics that come with his Tourette’s Syndrome are always telling of his emotions.  However, through all fear and doubt, Michael puts his friends and his mother above his own needs.  He is beginning to live by his mother’s advice: “..if you do the right thing, the universe comes to your aid…”

Throughout the book, the reader is still left with one question – why is Michael the only one whose powers are evolving? Michael seems to be getting stronger and learning how to function with the constant change in his powers while everyone else still seems to be working with the powers they have always had. Yet again, it is just another reason that Michael becomes a great leader for the group.  He takes whatever card he is dealt and works with it.

Though it is thoroughly enjoyable, Rise of the Elgen doesn’t necessarily tie up loose ends. It gives us some information to help us understand book one and the purpose of the Elgen. However, it opens up other questions and the final scene leaves us knowing that there will be another book.

Although listed as Teen Fiction, this series is great for a reader of any age who is looking for an adventure.


Would I add it to the library?

I was pulled into this series reading it aloud to my students because it was the book of the term. I couldn’t wait to read the second book and was yet again pulled in.  Now, I am anxiously awaiting the release The Battle of Ampere on September 17th.

 

Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, psionic powers
ISBN: 9781442475106
Rating:  good

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