Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2) by Richard Paul Evans
Michael must save his mother—and protect his powers—in the electric sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Michael Vey, from Richard Paul Evans.
Michael was born with special electrical powers—and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a tecno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out.
After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power—and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world
In the second book in the Michael Vey series, the kids continue on to help Michael find his mother who has been taken by the Elgen.
There was not as much adventure in the sequel as the first book. The book is broken up into sections, the first half when Michael and his friends are focus, the middle when Elgen and Co are focus and the last half when they all come together. The reader gets introduced to more of the inside workings of the Elgen corporation, the leaders and the current situation. As they are not agreeing on what to do about Michael and the welfare of the kids after the events from book one.
There is a lot of information given and planning. The majority of it being dialogue to move the plot along and we get to see more of the Elgen kids that have chosen to go on the side of the Elgen.
I received a copy of the audiobook for this review. I really enjoy the narrator Fred Berman because he is able to bring forward the sense of anticipation and especially the comedy from Ostin's character. Who is by far my favorite character in this series. He cracks me up! It's been one of my favorite audiobook listens all year (including book 1)
This series is a great adventure story of a boy determined to rescue his mother. Along the way he makes friends that are willing to fight this corporation along with him.
Amazing characters that you'll enjoy and root for along the way. It's clean, it's funny and I highly recommend it.