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The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling first installment of the action-packed Michael Vey series from author Richard Paul Evans.

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 ...

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Overview

The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling first installment of the action-packed Michael Vey series from author Richard Paul Evans.

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.

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Until now, teenager Michael Vey's only claim to fame (if you can call it that) is that he has Tourette's syndrome. That changes when he discovers that he possesses special electric powers. And, surprisingly, he is not alone: Taylor, a cheerleader classmate, also has this rare ability. Something, however, is not right about this gift. Michael, Taylor, and their friend Ostin know that they have they have to search for its origin. Their investigations lead to a scary conclusion: A diabolical conspiracy want to control them—and through them, the world. A Barnes & Noble bestseller; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Evans (The Christmas Box) enters the YA market with this fast-paced, if predictable tale of a teenager with superpowers and the conspiracy that created him. Years ago, a medical equipment accident killed dozens of newborns and left 17of them with assorted "electrical powers." In present-day Idaho, 14-year-old misfit Michael Vey, who can create electricity and has Tourette's syndrome, is one of the last two living outside of Pasadena. Coincidentally, the other "electric child" is Michael's crush, cute cheerleader, Taylor who is able to mentally "reset" people's brains. When a mysterious organization called Elgen kidnaps Taylor as well as Michael's mother, Michael, his best friend Ostin, and a pair of school bullies venture on a cross-country trip to rescue them. Taylor, meanwhile, learns that Elgen is just as dastardly an organization as she'd feared. Evans delivers a pair of believable lead characters—Taylor has wits and personal integrity, while Michael's Tourette's syndrome, coupled with an emotional jolt from his past, adds dimension—but generic dialogue and lackluster villains result in a by-the-numbers thriller. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

by Richard Paul Evans
Reviewed by John M. Wills | Released: August 9, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse (336 pages)

“. . . my 13-year-old grandson picked it up and began reading the first chapter after I had put it down. He remarked, “Papa, hurry up and finish reading this, I want to see where this story goes.” I already know where this is all going: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is going to be another bestseller for Richard Paul Evans. The book is electric.”

Having read much of Richard Paul Evans’s work, I knew to expect a wonderful story; however, I admit I was skeptical about reading a novel geared toward children 12 years old and up. My skepticism disappeared quickly as I began reading about the book’s protagonist, Michael Vey.

Author Evans has created a character that will entertain both adults and children. I found myself absorbed in the story just several pages in. Michael Vey is, ostensibly, an average teenager, 14 years old, who has the same problems as others in that awkward age group. He finds himself the victim of bullying, mostly due to his facial tics, a result of Tourette’s. He doesn’t fit in with most kids in school, and the girls avoid him whenever possible.

His only friend, Ostin, the class brain—and therefore a nerd to the school jocks—also endures endless bouts of pranks and teasing. The two likeable adolescents form a bond that enables them to endure the constant gauntlet laid down by their classmates.

At one point in the story an incident occurs in which Michael discovers he has a secret power—he’s electric. Although his mother has known this about her son for some time, Michael is just now discovering his abnormal abilities can be used to his advantage.

As the story develops, Mr. Evans creates moral dilemmas that Michael and his friends must face. Questions of ethics and evil versus good become pivotal points and serve to develop a moral compass for the youngsters, both in the story and hopefully for the children reading the book.

There are plenty of thrills and adventure in this well-written novel, one that readers will feel comfortable in having their sons and daughter read. In fact, my 13-year-old grandson picked it up and began reading the first chapter after I had put it down. He remarked, “Papa, hurry up and finish reading this, I want to see where this story goes.”

I already know where this is all going: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is going to be another bestseller for Richard Paul Evans. The book is electric.

Reviewer John M. Wills is the author of Gripped by Fear (TotalRecall Publications), the second novel in the Chicago Warriors Thriller Series. His book, Targeted, won 1st Place in 2011 at the Public Safety Writers Association Convention; he is also a former Chicago Police Officer and retired FBI Agent.

- New York Journal of Books, August 2011

5Q 4P M J

Evans, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell-25. Simon Pulse, 2011. 336p. $17.99. 978-1-4516-5650-3.

Ninth grade can be brutal, especially if you are an undersized boy dealing with Tourette’s syndrome. Add bullies, disingenuous authority figures, a geeky best friend, a loving but financially strapped parent, and you have a relatable protagonist who just happens to have an amazing superpower. Michael Vey can zap people with electricity. With his mother’s help, he has been able to keep his “mutation” a secret until the eventful day when popular cheerleader, Taylor, witnesses him defending himself against three tormentors. This event sets into action a chain of discoveries, deceit, and destruction that brings together an unlikely group of young people who must work together to save themselves and others. Throughout these adventures, the author interweaves a plausible scientific explanation for Michael’s powers: sixteen years ago, seventeen babies were inadvertently given special abilities. Now, evil powerbrokers want to use these young people to cause international mayhem and gain wealth through extortion. Short chapters with intriguing titles, excellent writing, and engaging characters make this action-packed story a compulsively entertaining read. The tale progresses with altering points of view. Michael tells his story in first-person and Taylor’s tale is narrated in third-person. This first book of a planned series has a satisfying conclusion but leaves the reader determined to discover what the next book, Rise of the Electroclan, has in store for our young hero and his friends. Though contemporary and edgy, this book contains no bad language, sex, or gratuitous violence. This is a book Rick Riordan’s fans will want to read.
VOYA, October 2011

Evans, Richard Paul
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
2011. 336pp. $17.99 hc. Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). 978-1-4516-5650-3. Grade 7 & up
Like Richard Evans’ adult novels, this title has a message of hope and love. However, this book also has pure adventure, science fiction, and creepy bad guys. Michael Vey has been hiding a secret all his life: he has a superpower. Sixteen other children born in the same hospital at the same time also exhibit unusual electromagnetic powers. Michael and Taylor are the only ones who haven’t been collected by the evil, power hungry men. With some help from others, Michael and Taylor free the prisoners of the twisted Elgin Academy where they are held. The book ends with Michael, Taylor, and their new friends banding together to rescue Michael’s mother, setting the scenario for a sequel. Although the book starts out rather slowly, the pace picked up. Readers will be looking forward to the next book in the series. Kyla M Johnson, Librarian, Farmington (New Mexico) High School [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.]
Recommended
Library Media Connection, Jan/Feb 2012

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25,by Richard Paul Evans, is one of those books that you’d better give yourself time to read because once you begin, you won’t stop! Michael Vey goes to high school in Idaho where he’s keeping a secret. He has strange electric powers and soon discovers there’s another girl who has similar powers. When both the girl and his mom are kidnapped, the action accelerates! There are more books planned in this series.

Newton Book News

EVANS, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. 336p. S & S/Pulse/Mercury Ink. 2011. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-6183-5; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-5822-4. LC number unavailable.
Gr 5-9–Michael Vey, 14, has problems. Not only does he suffer from Tourette’s syndrome, but he also has electricity coursing through his body. He can shock people without rubbing his feet on the carpet; he can jump-start his mother’s car by holding the battery connectors and “surging,” and he can knock bullies who attack him off their feet. Michael and his mother have moved to Idaho because there was an “incident” in his former town, and now he discovers that the prettiest girl in his new school has powers, too. Taylor can read people’s minds. Ostin, Michael’s best friend, doesn’t have powers, but he is wicked smart and helps them to figure out that there is more to the mystery than the fact that they were born in the same hospital within days of each other. Soon there is a terrifying adventure afoot when they are captured and introduced to others with powers who, under the lead of the sinister Hitch, have kidnapped Michael’s mother and have evil plans for the world. The dialogue and interactions among the teens seem more like they belong in the 1950s rather than today, but the fast-paced action and cool powers will probably outweigh any negatives.–Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
SLJ, November 2011

"Evans (The Christmas Box) enters the YA market with this fast-paced... tale of a teenager with superpowers and the conspiracy that created him... Evans delivers a pair of believable lead characters—Taylor has wits and personal integrity, while Michael's Tourette's syndrome, coupled with an emotional jolt from his past, adds dimension."

-Publishers Weekly, August, 2011

"My kind of book— fast, funny, and strange. Once Michael's astounding powers are revealed, the shocks keep coming chapter after chapter."

- R.L. Stine, #1 bestselling author of Goosebumps

"Michael Vey is one of the most original thrillers I've come across in years. It's rare that a book can appeal to a young adult just as much as their parents-but Evans has pulled it off."

- Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Michael Vey is fantastic. I simply couldn't put it down. I believe Michael Vey is every bit as good as Twilight or Harry Potter."

- Glenn Beck, #1 bestselling author, media personality

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans is a fantastic read…because of the realistic writing, the likable characters, and a plot that guarantees non-stop action from almost the first page…Any teen into action, adventure or science fiction will want to make sure Michael Vey is on his or her bookshelf.”
– Chicago Examiner.com

“Young super hero fans will enjoy this new release...With mystery, suspense, and plenty of thrills – Michael Vey is highly entertaining. With more psychological excitement than action, the intensity builds to a climatic ending with more than a few surprises along the way.”
SciFiChick.com

“A fast paced, entertaining read with an engrossing storyline and well developed characters…I think [Michael Vey] is going to be a fabulous new series by Richard Paul Evans. It’s exciting, full of action, snark, unique powers and has a group of teens who are worth reading about…I definitely recommend picking this one up.”

­Mundie Moms

“Michael Vey is electrifyingly awesome. This new series …will thrill, shock, amaze and entertain male and female readers of all ages…I loved this book and can’t wait for the sequel, RISE OF THE ELGEN, which can’t get here fast enough.”

Teenreads.com

VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Ninth grade can be brutal, especially if you are an undersized boy dealing with Tourette's syndrome. Add bullies, disingenuous authority figures, a geeky best friend, a loving but financially strapped parent, and you have a relatable protagonist who just happens to have an amazing superpower. Michael Vey can zap people with electricity. With his mother's help, he has been able to keep his "mutation" a secret until the eventful day when popular cheerleader, Taylor, witnesses him defending himself against three tormentors. This event sets into action a chain of discoveries, deceit, and destruction that brings together an unlikely group of young people who must work together to save themselves and others. Throughout these adventures, the author interweaves a plausible scientific explanation for Michael's powers: sixteen years ago, seventeen babies were inadvertently given special abilities. Now, evil powerbrokers want to use these young people to cause international mayhem and gain wealth through extortion. Short chapters with intriguing titles, excellent writing, and engaging characters make this action-packed story a compulsively entertaining read. The tale progresses with altering points of view. Michael tells his story in first-person and Taylor's tale is narrated in third-person. This first book of a planned series has a satisfying conclusion but leaves the reader determined to discover what the next book, Rise of the Electroclan, has in store for our young hero and his friends. Though contemporary and edgy, this book contains no bad language, sex, or gratuitous violence. This is a book Rick Riordan's fans will want to read. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Michael Vey, 14, has problems. Not only does he suffer from Tourette's syndrome, but he also has electricity coursing through his body. He can shock people without rubbing his feet on the carpet; he can jump-start his mother's car by holding the battery connectors and "surging," and he can knock bullies who attack him off their feet. Michael and his mother have moved to Idaho because there was an "incident" in his former town, and now he discovers that the prettiest girl in his new school has powers, too. Taylor can read people's minds. Ostin, Michael's best friend, doesn't have powers, but he is wicked smart and helps them to figure out that there is more to the mystery than the fact that they were born in the same hospital within days of each other. Soon there is a terrifying adventure afoot when they are captured and introduced to others with powers who, under the lead of the sinister Hitch, have kidnapped Michael's mother and have evil plans for the world. The dialogue and interactions among the teens seem more like they belong in the 1950s rather than today, but the fast-paced action and cool powers will probably outweigh any negatives.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442468122
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Michael Vey Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,445
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Christmas Box and seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. He is also the winner of the American Mothers Book Award and two first-place Storytelling World Awards. He lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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    1. Hometown:
      Salt Lake City, Utah
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salt Lake City, Utah
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Utah, 1984

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Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25


  • 1

Chopsticks and Spiders

“Have you found the last two?” The voice on the phone was angry and coarse, like the sound of car tires over broken glass.

“Not yet,” the well-dressed man on the other end of the phone replied. “Not yet. But we believe we’re close—and they still don’t know that we’re hunting them.”

“You believe you’re close?”

“They’re two children among a billion—finding them is like finding a lost chopstick in China.”

“Is that what you want me to tell the board?”

“Remind the board that I’ve already found fifteen of the seventeen children. I’ve put out a million-dollar bounty on the last two, we’ve got spiders crawling the Web, and we have a whole team of investigators scanning global records for their whereabouts. It’s just a matter of time before we find them—or they step into one of our traps.”

“Time isn’t on our side,” the voice returned sharply. “Those kids are already too old. You know how difficult they are to turn at this age.”

“I know better than anyone,” the well-dressed man said, tapping his ruby-capped pen on his desk. “But I have my ways. And if they don’t turn, there’s always Cell 25.”

There was a long pause, then the voice on the phone replied darkly, “Yes. There’s always Cell 25.”

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Funny, exciting and very very readable...

    Let me preface this by saying that I am 25 years old and read a LOT, mostly fiction novels and classics. When Michael Vey came into my hands I put it off for a few days, thinking it was focused more towards younger readers. When I started to read it I was surprised by how quickly the story sucked me in. The main character Michael Vey is very relateable and his story is so funny, exciting, and complex that I couldn't put the book down. I would (and have) recommended this book to a wide variety of people, including my younger siblings and friends my age. With such a great plot I'd be shocked if this doesn't get turned into a movie one day.

    Bottom line, you AND your kids are going to love this.

    70 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Excellent!!

    Although I don't normally read teen books or sci/fi type thrillers, I read this book because I was given an advanced reader copy. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. My 12 year old daughter also read it (in 4 days) and she loved it. She couldn't wait to share it on the library blog. I loved the interaction of the teenage characters with each other and I loved how it was pointed out, through the story line, that everyone has different gifts and when we work together we can accomplish great things. I think the thing I most enjoyed, though, is that there is excitement and suspense but no bad language and no sexual content. Those are major pluses in my opinion.

    34 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Not just for young readers!

    Wow! I loved Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25! I was fascinated by the imagination of the author Richard Paul Evans. From one chapter to the next, it totally held MY interest. I found this book to have all the ingredients for a great read... humor among the characters but plenty of adventure and chills too! I am hooked on Michael and his friends with their special powers and am glad this is going to be a series. As a grandma I LOVED this book and will be purchasing it for my grandchildren.

    25 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Electrifying from beginning to end!!

    I started reading Michael Vey out loud to my 3 children (ages 10, 14, and 16) because we couldn't decide who got to read it first. We finished it all in one day (8 1/2 hours later) - we couldn't stop until we finished it. This is one of Richard Paul Evan's top reads! I have all his books, and my children have read them all, but this is the first we read together and couldn't put down!

    This is a great books for all ages - my 10 year old son loved it and so did I (my husband even got in on the last hour or so and enjoyed it too - said it was very captivating)!

    I see the makings of a great movie in the future!

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2011

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    Intriguing

    I have ordered it because of the plot. hope to see this someday as a movie

    12 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

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    High energy fun

    To anyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is just your typical fourteen-year-old outcast. He has Tourette's syndrome which causes him to tick a lot and leads him to be picked on by bullies. What the people of Meridian, Idaho don't know is that Michael has powers that allow him to generate electrical shocks. This power has led his mother to move him frequently when Michael is unable to control the power and accidentally shocks someone. Lately he's been able to keep it under wraps. Other than his best friend Ostin, and his mother, no one knows about this power. That is, until the bullies begin picking on him one day after school. On this particular day he is unable to control the surge and he ends up knocking all three of them unconscious. This is witnessed by Taylor, one of Meridian High's cheerleaders. Michael tries to convince her she was seeing things. He doesn't want his mother to have to move them again. Taylor, however, is unconvinced. She has a power too, and after confiding in Michael, the two of them along with Ostin set out to figure out why the two of them have these powers. What they learn is that there are others like them, and there is a billion dollar corporation behind it. This corporation is searching for them. They want to gather the electric children and use them to take over the world. When Michael's mother and Taylor come up missing, it's up to Michael and Ostin to track them down before it's too late.

    I loved this book. There was a lot of action, mystery and suspense which kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. The misfit characters all feel very real which had me rooting for them the whole way. I was very invested in all of the characters. This book contains two of the most devious villains I've come across in a long time. Every time they were in a scene I found myself both terrified of them and wanting to reach through the pages and snap their necks. I love when a villain gets under my skin like that. The writing is fluid and descriptive, allowing you to feel every jolt and emotion. If you like a good action book, or are a fan of super heroes I highly recommend this one. I can't wait for the next installment.

    (Review based on an Advanced Readers Copy courtesy of the publisher via Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab)

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    :)

    Just one question for you:

    WHY AREN'T YOU READING THIS BOOK? :)

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    A must read for all ages! Fun and exhilarating!

    First of all Richard Paul Evans is one of my favorite authors and he did not disappoint with this young adult book, "Micheal Vey - The Prisoner of Cell 25". I am a grandmother of 3 boys ranging in ages 9 to 16 yrs old and they, as well as their Mother, were as excited as I was about this book. It kept my interest from the first 2 pages and became so thrilling I had to read to the end before I could put it down! Literally I was actually sitting on the edge of my seat! It was intoxicating and stimulating to say the least. Each of the characters are unique and different from the others but yet they fit together very well. I fell in love with each one of them. My 9 yr old grandson is telling everyone he comes in contact with about this book. I will definitely buy it for each of my grandchildren.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

    Positively Supercharged!

    ZAP! Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25, grabbed my attention from the start. The captivating storyline made it extremely difficult to put this book down. Richard Paul Evans has created a story in which the teenage characters deal with trying situations in positive and inspiring ways. They have superhero abilities, love their parents, and are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Refreshing! I highly recommend this book and will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Move over Harry Potter; The Electroclan is coming!

    Are you looking for a high interest wholesome read for your teen this summer? MICHAEL VEY: THE PRISONER OF CELL 25 fits the bill! As a parent of five sons and a former teacher, I am delighted with the content of this book. The eternal struggle of good vs. evil is addressed in a highly imaginative and nail-biting adventure. This book opens the door to numerous discussion topics: peer pressure, right vs. wrong, materialism, bullying, and acceptance of differences. An excellent choice for junior and senior high reading lists! Although I am nearing 60 years old, I, too, will be looking forward to reading the rest of this series and wholeheartedly endorsing it!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    EXCELLENT YA FICTION!

    Look out Harry Potter - here comes Michael Vey! This was an extremely engaging book right from the beginning, but the action continues to build throughout the story until the very end! I read it in a day - didn't want to put it down. My 14 year old daughter read it in 2 days, only because I enforced her bedtime! My 11 year old son is reading it now - he really does not normally enjoy reading, but does not complain about reading THIS book! Looking forward to the next one - and my 14 year old is already looking forward to the movie! Highly recommend this book - there are a couple of "torture" scenes that are probably too intense for anyone younger than 10 or so ... more for the late tweens and young teenagers ...
    and their parents! Loved it! Great life lessons, great morality issues.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Review from an 11 year old fan

    Micheal Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is a wonderful book that will both make you sit on the edge of your seat, and make you lean back and smile. This book is funny, exciting, suspenseful, and will please any reader who has a craving for a feel good, action adventure. Not only is the story line very interesting, but you are also taught important lessons of life, and get to see the story of a boy who loves his mother and his friends. Richard Paul Evans does an excellent job at making you feel for the characters. You find yourself rooting for Micheal, and cheering him on. Though the book ended on a happy note, I was so distraught when I reached the last page. I wanted more to read. I was still curious about what would happen to Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the gang. What a way to kick off the start of a new Young Adult series, that is sure to keep readers talking. I will definitely be anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next book in this truly amazing series.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    I Highly Recommend for all ages 9+ !!

    I had the privilege to read an advance copy of MICHAEL VEY a few weeks ago and I gotta say I loved it! There are just not enough books out there for young adults with a positive message that can captivate the young reader. No longer! MICHAEL VEY is the answer, and I highly recommend any reader buy this book above the age of 9 or so. The kids in this book are real world examples of the good and bad in our children today. And the situations they deal with from bullying to feeling alone will resonate with our young adults today. If you have a young adult reader in the house, or you just want to read an exciting story with a good message, pick up MICHAEL VEY now!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Absolutely Gripping!!!

    This isn't the type of book I normally read, but I do read everything by Richard Paul Evans, so I knew with him writing it that it had to be good. I wasn't disappointed--it was totally gripping! I plan to preorder it for my daughter, also an avid fan, and my grandsons. The only problem I had was that I couldn't sit down and read the entire book in one sitting--alas, work called!
    I've been recommending this book to everyone, and I can't wait for the next in the series to come out! Once again, well done Rick!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    You Will Not Be Disappointed! This Book is a Must Read!!

    I've never been much into science fiction novels or anything that might even be closely considered a "thriller." If I saw the cover of Michael Vey on the shelf in a bookstore, I would never even think about picking it up, much less buying it. But please do not judge this book by its cover if you are not a thrill reader! I'm glad I didn't!

    Reading this book was best decision I could have made. MICHAEL VEY was so captivating and I read it cover to cover in just two days. There was no way I could put the book down because I just couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.

    The story captured me from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go. Each character grabs a hold of you and it's WELL worth the read! I look forward to reading more about Michael Vey!!

    As a teacher I say this book is a MUST-READ for ALL AGES! :) You will not be disappointed!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    Teaches and Reinforces Positive Values

    As a parent of two teenage boys and one soon to be teenage daughter, I am concerned with the decline of positive media options available to my family. The story of Michael Vey is very exciting and enjoyable to read, but on a different level the book also teaches and reinforces positive values. It shows that it is okay to love your family and that it is cool to be smart. It encourages personal integrity and the courage to stand up for what you believe. I would recommend this book to parents and their teenagers

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    I initially bought this book for my niece who was in 4th grade l

    I initially bought this book for my niece who was in 4th grade last
    year. I was a little concerned she might be too young so i had my best
    friend a fourth grade teacher read it to see what she thought. She
    thought the level might be closer to end of fourth grade year but said
    it was really good. So i got another book for myself too. I was
    captured in the first paragraph. My niece read finally read it this
    last spring and promptly asked if there was another. I have already
    bought us both the next book. I think i may be more excited to read it
    than she is!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    I urge everyone with young adults to check this book out!!!

    It is captivating! Action packed and full of human emotions. Young people are going to love it! The characters are real and there is a character for everyone to identify with! Its fast pace will keep you on the edge of your seats! Well done Mr. Evans! My granddaughter states it is the best book she has ever read! I wholeheartedly agree with her! Don't miss out on this adventure!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Michael Vey is the best book I read this year!

    I loved the characters in this book. The action was great, it kept me turning the pages all day. i finished the book in one day. I can't wait for the next one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    !!!!

    This book was surprisingly good!!!! I started out not liking it too much, but then Ostin (Michael's best friend) made me laugh and after that, I was hooked! ;)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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