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YA Review: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen

24 Jan Posted by in Reviews | Comments
YA Review: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen

Michael Vey- Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul EvansMichael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans
Reviewed by: Jill Williamson
Genre: YA Action/Adventure
Publisher: Mercury Ink and Simon Pulse
Publication Date: 2012

Dr. Hatch is up to no good. The board of directors might have shut down his project with the electric children, but that doesn’t mean he has to obey. He’s created a way to take over the world by controlling the world’s electricity. And no one is going to tell him to stop now.

Michael and his friends return to Idaho, but before they can step foot in their homes, they realize that the Elgen have beat them back. It’s a trap, one they barely manage to escape from. And just when they realize there is nothing to do but run, a mysterious “voice” offers help. With the aid of these mystery allies, Michael and his friends set out to rescue his mother.

This book picks up right where the first one left off. There is a whole chapter of review from book one, which was a little unnecessary but may be helpful to those who didn’t just close book one. The story moves along quite well, though the mystery helpers are a bit convenient, aiding Michael and his friends whenever they get stuck, even paying for them all to travel to the Elgen facility in Peru. Dr. Hatch and his scientists have found a way to create electricity using information he’s taken from the electric children’s DNA. And now he’s built several electric plants around the globe that run on electric rat power.

This was a fun story. Fast-paced and interesting. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending; it seemed like there were ten pages missing. Cliffhangers are the norm in a book two of a trilogy, but I’ve heard rumors of six or seven books in this series. The book has a strong “good versus evil” theme that will be popular, though in the real world, good doesn’t win simply because it’s good. If Evans is going to drag this out for six of seven volumes, the good versus evil thing is going to become a cliché format. It seems to me that Evan should quit while he’s ahead and end this with three books. They’d make a wonderful trilogy, but a long series will be overkill.


Rated PG-13: There’s even more violence in this book than the first. The electric children are tortured with a device that sucks the electric from their bodies and causes immense pain. One character’s house was burned down by Elgen. A depressed electric teen tries to take his life by using his powers to crash the plane that he’s on with Dr. Hatch and the other electric children, so Dr. Hatch orders the guard to shoot the teen. Instead the guard knocks him out. Later, Dr. Hatch sentences the guard to the chute because he disobeyed a direct order. Dr. Hatch and the electric children gather to watch the guard be eaten alive by rats. Dr. Hatch uses physical and psychological abuse to “reeducate” his guards. Each day the lowest achieving guard is fed into the chute where rats eat him alive. The other guards must watch this on televisions screens.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


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