Saturday, October 8, 2011

Michael Vey : Prisoner of Cell 25 - REVIEW

Can we say PHENOMENAL READ? This book was recommended on Glenn Beck's talk radio show and then our teacher book club chose it for our October adult read - and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this read. Fast, quick, light, but highly interesting and an on-the-edge-of-your-seat, can't-do-anything-else-but-read type of book.

Book Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons...namely because of its storyline which was highly captivating. Richard Paul Evans does a fantastic job of keeping a reader's attention, and this book was no exception.

Michael, the main character, is such an interesting part of this book - he has a disability yet counters that with this amazing talent. Feeling rejected by everyone but his best friend and his mother, he uses those feelings to change his direction. I liked most about him how humble he is, that no one matters more than others and the fact that he surrounded himself with those who felt the same way. And the ones who didn't, he taught compassion to (or at least tried to). And the idea that everyone is different and should be appreciated for those differences really comes out here.

I also LOVED Michael's relationship with his mother - we need more main characters like him to show our young boys what a young man should be.

This book set a great foundation for the rest of the series, which I am definitely looking forward to and I am NOT a series kind of gal.

Richard Paul Evans is a master storyteller and this book sells itself. I am glad that our book club could feature it and we are looking forward to continuing when the rest of the series comes out!

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