Book Review | Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
Author: Richard Paul Evans
At Meridian High School, 14-year-old Michael Vey is kind of a nobody. He’s teased and ridiculed by his classmates, especially bullies Jack and Wade. He also has Tourette’s syndrome, which none of his classmates know anything about, except that it makes him do things sometimes that are not considered normal behavior. Michael is incredibly special, however; he surges with electricity. Michael’s mom and his best friend, Ostin, are the only people who know what Michael can do. When Michael is forced to protect himself against Jack and Wade, he accidentally uses his powers. Popular cheerleader Taylor Ridley witnesses the incident, and goes out of her way to become friends with Michael.
Taylor has a secret of her very own: she has electric powers, too. Michael and Taylor soon discover they are not the only kids in the world with electric abilities. In fact, there is an entire organization that revolves around kids like Michael and Taylor–and they have been looking for Michael and Taylor. Elden Academy has a lot to offer its recruits, but at a very steep price. Taylor is almost sucked in by the expensive gifts that the mysterious Hatch offers. It’s up to Michael, Taylor, and their unlikely allies to take down Elden once and for all.
Richard Paul Evans is best known for his heartwarming Christmas stories such as The Christmas Box and last year’s Promise Me, and with Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 he is branching out into the YA genre. Once I started reading Michael Vey, I was hooked. I read about half of it in one night, nearly falling asleep with the book still in hand. This is the kind of book that I can see appealing to reluctant readers–especially kids suffering from low self-esteem or their own bullies like Jack and Wade. Michael is different, but he doesn’t let Tourette’s, his electric abilities, or his short height stop him from accomplishing his goals.
Michael Vey and Taylor Ridley are terrific role models for young readers; Michael because he refuses to give up even in dire situations, and Taylor because she doesn’t let her popularity get in the way of being kind and accepting of all types of people. I love the chemistry between Michael and Taylor; it’s super sweet and had me smiling the entire time.
I recommend Michael Vey to anyone who loves Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, or the TV shows LOST and Heroes. You definitely won’t regret giving this brand new series a shot.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*