Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

From goodreads: 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.

 I received this book for Christmas (I had hinted strongly that I wanted it!), and finished it in a day. I loved it! I admire Evans' ability to completely switch writing genres. I've read the majority of his books, and most are inspiring stories involving a bit of romance. So, I was thrilled to discover that he is just as talented writing YA as he is adult fiction! 

Lately I am really appreciative of the books whose main character doesn't fit into the 'norm'. Like Percy Jackson and his struggle with ADHD, Michael Vey is a strong character that happens to have Tourettes. I love the message that it sends to kids--that everyone struggles with something, and that you don't have to be perfect to have a good life!

This book is a little bit X-Men and a little bit I am Number Four with kids discovering powers, and people hunting them down and using them for their powers. It was a tightly written book, and I loved watching the story unfold. There were some really sweet moments and some laugh out loud moments. I found myself agreeing with the lessons Michael learned along the way. One of my favorite quotes was, “I learned that harboring an emotion as powerful as gratitude has a power of its own”. I will definitely be reading the sequel when it comes out in August!

Rating 4
Age 12+
Published: 8.2011 
Content: Some violence

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