The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey)


To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

This book was definitely a surprise find. My school has a 30 minute reading period every day and, for the 4th term of school, Science chose the book we were to read. I began reading it to my students and found myself reading ahead when they were gone because I wanted to know what happened next.  The book is told is short chapters that make for a quick read.  Each chapter is also given an interesting title that helps pull you in before even reading the first word of the first paragraph.

The book starts off a little slowly.  It gives you a look into the life of a ninth grader who is living with Tourette’s syndrome and gets picked on at every turn.  The story begins to perk up when Michael defends himself against three bullies by “surging.”  That’s when we learn that Michael has mysterious electric powers.  We also find out that Taylor, a very pretty cheerleader, has similar powers when she sees Michael defend himself and confides in him.  Together, the teenagers begin to look into their histories, trying to figure out how they became these “mutants.”  As a result of their investigation, Michael’s mother and Taylor are kidnapped and the action picks up so quickly that before you know it you’ve finished the book and are craving book 2.

The greatest thing about Michael Vey is that it serves as a way to help children develop a moral compass. At the base of the whole story plot, you are asked to question your ethics — good versus evil. The character of Michael helps you to understand that standing up to the evils in your life is the only thing that will make you feel whole, even if you get pushed down a lot throughout the process.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes! I was definitely surprised by Michael Vey. It would not have originally been on my reading list, but I am glad that it made its way on there.  I think everyone, adults and children, could enjoy this story and the lessons it is trying to teach.


Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, psionic powers
ISBN: 9781442468122
Rating:  good

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