Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is a page turner from the start. Yes, as many other books we’ve reviewed here, Cell 25 is a young adult (YA) novel, but the appeal crosses generations. (Either that or I’m like Peter Pan and have never grown up.)
To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. Not the swearing, stuttering kind, but the type that causes twitches and blinking when stressed. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has special powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers a cheerleader named Taylor has similar mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin (whose only special power is being the smartest, nerdiest kid in school), the three set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities. Their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group, The Elgen Academy, who wants to control these special teens—and through them, the world.
The story starts off with a group of adults discussing the fact that they’ve brought in all but two of the children who have the abilities—and they’ve been hunting them for years. Want to guess who the two are?
This first novel in the series is a wonderful setup and introduction. The adventure is tight and nonstop… for ALL age groups, not just the target audience. The characters are fully developed, some likeable, some not-so-much. Sides are clearly set, clearly defined.
Choose: The Electroclan or The Elgen.
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