Michael Vey appears to be an ordinary fourteen-year-old. He has Tourette’s syndrome, but that is not the only thing that is different. Michael has an electrifying secret. Only his mom and his best friend, Ostin, know about his special ability until he finds out that popular cheerleader, Taylor, has a similar secret. In an attempt to discover how this happened, they unwittingly allow a powerful group to find them.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner Of Cell 25 is the first book in a series of seven by Richard Paul Evans. Co-published by Simon & Schuster and Mercury Ink (TV and radio host Glenn Beck‘s imprint), the book has been praised as a clean adventure story. Richard Paul Evans, author of the bestselling novella The Christmas Box, uses many themes that teens can identify with, yet gives an interesting twist to the story and how situations are handled.
Although I haven’t read teen fiction in awhile, I have perused bookstore and library shelves and was appalled at the darkness and negative content in what I saw. Combined with the majority of other media available, it does not surprise me at the demise of values and the absence of hope in American society. I was prepared for a refreshing twist on teen fiction in Michael Vey because I understand the values of Richard Paul Evans, but I was not prepared for the level of entertainment it provided for me as an adult reader as well. I lost myself in the story and could not wait until the next spare minute I could find to pick the book up again and see what was happening to Michael and the other “glows.” The story was intriguing and suspenseful, and the values were truly refreshing. I appreciated the fact that the hero had a disability instead of embodying perfection since many teens struggle with self-image. The fact that the bully was more than just the bad guy, but also shown as a hurting kid who had some important lessons to learn also struck a chord with me. I highly recommend this book to both young adults and older adults as well. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
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