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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

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ISBN:
9781451656503
Pages:
336pp
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Series Vol.#:
01
Available As Kindle Book
Yes
Whispersync for Voice
Yes
Audio Book
Yes
Audio Time:
9 h 18 m
Featured Date
October 03, 2011
Book Group:
Yes
Bookgroup Date
October 03, 2012
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My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

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.

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Diane Hatch
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3.5
Story held my interest 
 
3.5
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3.5
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3.5

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Setting
Micheal Vey and his mom live in Meridian, Idaho. He was born in Pasadena,California and they have had to move often to hide Micheal's secret. Micheal has a condition called tourette syndrome and tries to appear normal, trying not to attract attention so that they don't have to move again.
Characters
Micheal and his friend Ostin are bullied by Jack and Wade causing him to lose control and use his powers. Taylor, a girl Micheal has his eye on, shares her secret with him, that she also has powers. As they try to find out more about themselves on the internet, they are discovered by the evil Dr. Hatch. And the adventure begins!
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
October 31, 2012
Talina Carlon
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0

Michael Vey

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Setting
The setting was in Pasenda, California and Meridian, Idaho. Michael was born in California and all of the electric children except that Michael moved to Idaho because of him shocking people and his family needing to move homes. There was another electric child in California too, that is Taylor. The Elgen could not find these two electric children because they were so far away from the California Elgen Academy. This was a conflict for the Elgen but when Taylor looked up her birth records the Elgen found the last two electric children and captured them and bring them back to the school.
Characters
One of the Main Characters is Michael Vey he is one of the electric children who can shock others. Since he had shocked people when he was young him and his mom needed to move every year or so. He made his mom stressed a lot because of what happens at school. When he got in the fight with Jack, Wade, and Michelle he met Taylor and started to make their own club. Then they ended up boyfriend/girlfriend when they were both at the Elgen Academy. Another character is Zeus he is another electric child who turned to a good side while he was almost going to shock Taylor and Ostin. Michael, Taylor, and Ostin inspired him though not to shock them by reading his mind from the story of his past.
Good Points
The good points of the book are it is well written. The novel has many different viewpoints of characters. He used the characters at the write time when he was telling a certain story. He wrote certain events in a certain time period so lots of events were spread out and some had different styles to represent the different characters.
Bad Points
But some bad points are the book is not very unique; it might sound like he took ideas from other novels. Some chapters went to long and some chapters were too short with detail. The ending didn’t have enough detail and it seems like he squished all the stories together at the end to finish the book. It was written well but some chapters and parts he squeezed together and some he spread out too much.
Plot Summary
Michael Vey, written by Richard Paul Evans. The novel is about an electric boy who was born to shock people with electricity. There are seventeen other electric children like him and they all are gathered at the Elgen Academy. One day Michael got in a fight with some boys named Jack, Wade, and Michelle. Those three boys were the bullies at the school and picked on everyone they could, but they were picking on Michael for a while and he finally gave them a little shock for them to stop. When he did a girl named Taylor saw what had happened and she needed to know how Michael shocked the three teenagers. Another story was when it was Michael’s birthday and they were going to a pizza place, His mom and his best friend Ostin were with him, when they were finished they went out and these people were standing by their car waiting for them to arrive. It was the Elgen Academy. Before they got to the car Ostin needed to go back inside and grab his jacket. A scary looking teenager about Michaels age was doing something with her mind making her mom faint and making Michael get a headache, her name was Nichelle and she was from the Elgen.
Ending
The ending was satisfying but the reader would think the book would go a little bit farther written, but it doesn’t. It did fit the story because it was telling a story to end the book but the author ended the book right in middle of that story he was telling. I got out of this novel myself is that it can teach you life lessons about the internet or what you can find different places in the world. He was trying to say to the audience that when you start doing certain things people can hear about it and it travels around the world.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
October 31, 2012
Gabe Mortensen
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Story held my interest 
 
2.0
Writing style 
 
0.5
Characters 
 
2.0

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

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Setting
The majority of this story takes places in Michael’s school, Meridian High School which is in Idaho. Living in Idaho has its advantages to Michael. The largest of which is his ability to “disappear” while living there. This setting adds to the development of some of the characters. Michael is bullied on a day-to-day basis and this adds to the story. Especially when he learns that another student at his high school possesses the same powers he does. If the story hadn’t been set in Meridian High School, Michael would not have learned to appreciate his power, and he never would have learned that he was not in sole possession of this power.
Characters
Michael Vey, the protagonist in this novel, is a rather boring character. Everything about him screams predictability. The only unique attributes he has are Tourette’s syndrome and the ability to control lightning. Even though controlling lightning isn’t necessarily “normal” the reader could still feel that something like that would happen. The kid that gets bullied almost always develops some skill or ability to make them stronger than the bullies. Michael does this. Now, that would have been ok, but there was no depth to the character. There is nothing about Michael Vey that surprises the reader. Because he was so predictable, the story lost some of its believability. Taylor, Michael’s wannabe girlfriend, is just as transparent as Michael. There is nothing unique about her. She is your stereotypical perfect girl. Everybody thinks she is flawless. This detracts from the believability of the character. Everybody has flaws, and Taylor is not given any. The predictability of both of these characters takes away from the believability and effectiveness of the novel.
Good Points
The best aspect of this book comes from the source of Michael’s powers. Unlike many novels where the protagonist gains their special powers from some kind of magical or supernatural event; Michael Vey has his powers because he was the product of scientific experimentation. This not only adds to the believability of the novel, but it, for the first time, is something the reader probably wasn’t expecting. Without this development, the book would have been flatter than a sheet of paper. The author seized the opportunity to do something a little different for the development of his character.
Bad Points
The quality of the writing in this novel was, for lack of a better word, insulting. This book targets young adults, and it seems like it is written by a twelve-year-old. The dialogue was very “he said, she said, they said.” The story was also lacking in the fact that it didn’t really leave anything up to the reader’s imagination. The author tells you exactly what is happening, where it’s happening, and what the consequences might be. A high-quality story is one that allows the reader to make inferences about characters, events, or future consequences for decisions characters make. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 answers every question, and leaves nothing to the reader’s imagination.
Plot Summary
The book Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is the story of a teenager in high school. At first, he seems rather normal. He is frequently bullied, has a nerdy best friend named Ostin, and has a large crush on the most popular girl at his school, Taylor. The only thing that really seems to set him apart from the other students at his school is his Tourette’s syndrome. However, Michael soon learns that he has the ability to control electricity. When he first learned this, Michael believed that he was the other one with this power. However, he soon learns of another individual with his same ability. Later in the novel, Michael has a loved one kidnapped. He then must team up with past enemies to rescue his loved ones, or let them perish.
Ending
The ending to this story was not satisfying at all. During the entire novel, I was begging to be surprised. I thought that maybe the author would have one final twist to end his novel. However, after finishing the book I came to the disappointing realization that this wouldn’t happen. Although the writer did make the ending fit the story, the reader is left disappointed. After reading this novel, it is clear that the unexpected isn’t something to be feared. Being surprised is sometimes the most gratifying of all emotions. Richard Evans is attempting to show young adults that anybody can be the hero. No matter who you are, where you live, or what you believe in, power can shift into your favor.
Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
October 31, 2012
Brianna Ekker
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25

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Setting
The majority of the story takes place in the little town of Meridian, Idaho. When the story and the events start to get worse and more out of control the story then travels to the sunny city of Pasadena, California. The story takes place in the present day. Through the struggles in Meridian High School and trying to solve his problems, He runs into lots of trouble but he never gives up.
Characters
Two of the most prevalent Characters are Michael Vey and Dr. Hatch. Michael is the main character and the whole story is about him and his challenges. Dr. Hatch is the man who “created” Michael and the other electric kids. These two characters are against each other the whole time but they are good characters to use when doing a contrast. One is evil, one is innocent and young. One hates regular people, one is trying to save them all. The author really makes these characters develop throughout the book by making them fight against each other and making one person’s problems, the other persons’ triumphs.
Good Points
There are some very good points in this book. When Michael is found and Taylor is kidnapped, there are many things that I did not expect to happen. The other kids are stranger than you would expect. When Evans changes back and forth from two different points of views it keeps the story fresh and exciting. The end is the best part of the whole book. It ends in a way that I did not expect.
Bad Points
There are also some bad points in this novel. It is at times very predictable and cheesy. You can see what is happening without even reading the whole story. He copies styles from other stories and he uses the boy to show all the problems.
Plot Summary
Electricity. That is the main concept is Richard Paul Evans’ book, Michael Vey. That is what Michael and his mom have to deal with every day. One mistake could lead to them having to move all over again. When Michael is feeling all alone he finds that he is one of seventeen kids who are just like him. He starts to search for kids like him but soon finds that what he is looking for is not what he truly wants. Kidnapping, Robbery, Shock therapy, Torture are daily occurrences for this young man. Does he survive or will he give into the pain?
Ending
The ending to this story was very satisfying for me. It may have been unexpected and unwanted by some people, but he tied it in to the book and he made it work for what he was doing at the time. I got out of this novel the sense that life is more interesting than I thought. When I finished the book I had a new view of the world. I didn’t go around trying to electrify people but I did appreciate people and their uniqueness more fully. I think that the author was trying to tell his audience not to disregard people because they are different from you. There is no reason that cheerleaders cant date nerds, and bullies can’t change and become your friend.

Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
October 11, 2012
aleesha bohne
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.5

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Setting
the story takes place at a high school with a kid getting beaten up and get put into detention
Characters
the main characters are michael, Taylor, oustin
Good Points
i thoght the whole book was amazing
Bad Points
i loved the whole book there was no bad parts
Plot Summary
that michael gets in a huge fight and figures stuff out that he never thought about and he got the courage to fight for what he believes in
Ending
yes because it got my mind wandering on what heppens next
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
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