Battle of the Ampere (Michael Vey)


Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan have destroyed the largest of the Elgen Starxource plants, but now they’re on the run. The Elgen have teamed up with the Peruvian army to capture them, and only Michael remains free. With his friends due to stand trial for terrorism—a charge that may carry the death penalty—Michael will need all his wits and his abilities if he’s to save them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Dr. Hatch and his loyal Electric Children have seized control of the S. Ampere—the super yacht the Elgen use as their headquarters. With the seven ships of the Elgen fleet now under his control, Hatch heads back to Peru to gather his army and begin his quest for global domination.

Michael must free his friends then find a way to stop Hatch, but Hatch knows Michael and the Electroclan are coming. And he’s ready for them. Can the Electroclan win the battle of the Ampere? Or has Michael’s luck finally run out?

The Phoenix’s Perspective

Did I enjoy this book? Well, let’s just say I read it in about 3 hours.

Unlike some other books, the story does not begin with a summation of the past. It starts right where the second book left off. Now don’t get me wrong, there are explanations as to how the characters came to be where they are.  However, those elements are carefully woven into the story in a way that never makes a reader feel like their watching the recap at the beginning of a new episode of their favorite show.  The reader gets background information as it is needed.

The book begins with the Electroclan being separated – Michael being healed in the jungle by a local tribe and the rest of the group incarcerated by the Peruvian army under charges of terrorism (for what happened at the end of Rise of the Elgen). All of them hoping to save each other without even knowing how to help themselves. Through the help of a friend and a newcomer, the Electroclan reunites.

Once the team reunites, it is time to find and defeat the enemy. But, who is the enemy? Hatch has been the man hatching (forgive the pun) the plans to keep the Electroclan hostage and use their powers for evil.  However, he has always been just the face of the secret group, the Elgen, who has been searching for these kids since the beginning.  For the first time, we begin to wonder how much Dr. Hatch and Elgen see eye to eye.

Hatch has taken the plan that the Elgen gave him and ran with it. The power really went to his head. Unfortunately, all other power hungry men do not have electrically charged children behind them to help light the way (pun intended – lol).  The Electroclan now needs to decide whether to take on the whole beast (Dr. Hatch and the Elgen) or cut the head off (Dr. Hatch) and come back for the rest later.

The Electroclan is faced with many rough spots where they have to decide between the lives of those they love and the greater good. This book continues the legacy of the two before it — showing how much people can achieve when they have motivation and do things for the right reasons. Sure these kids have electric powers, but at the end of the day, they are just kids.  Kids that have decided to stand up for what is right and help those they can even when this will always put them in dangerous situations.  If only there were more people making decisions like this group of kids.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes! Like the 2 other Michael Vey books before it, Battle of the Ampere has action happening from the very beginning to the very end. Also, just like Rise of the Elgen (Book 2), this book ends leaving the reader waiting for another book.


Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, psionic powers
ISBN: 9781442475120
Rating:  good

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