Sunday, August 19, 2012

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

    The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1) (CD)
    Rating: 7/10 (B)  ENJOYABLE 
    A solid B. Very enjoyable read. It was engrossing and held my attention. I would recommend it, and I'm absolutely open to more from the author. This was a satisfying book.
      The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio/Mercury Ink
    • Publication date: 8/9/2011
    • Format: CD
    • Sales rank: 141,965
    • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
    • Series: Michael Vey Series , #1
    • Read by: Fred Berman

    Michael Vey is a 14-year-old boy who has Tourette Syndrome in a small town in Idaho.  He seems normal enough for a teenager even with the Tourettes, he's bullied but always seems to be the one getting detention and doesn't have many friends - he's seems to be a typical awkward teenager.  Michael pretty much tries to keep to himself and get through the day.  Michael however is very far from normal.  Although he doesn't know how or why Michael can shock people with electricity running through his body.  He has tried hard to keep this hidden from everyone with the exception of his mother and his best friend, Ostin, who is a genius. One day Michael can't take the bullying anymore and he accidentally shocks his bullies in frustration.  This wouldn't be an issue, because who really would believe the bullies if they said Michael shocked them with electricity, they would seem crazy.  The problem is there was a witness, A cheerleader named Taylor.  It turns out that Taylor also has similar electric powers and they soon learn that they are being searched out and collected with other teens that have electric type powers, but their intentions are far from innocent.

    I tend to enjoy Young Adult reads when they are done right and this one definitely was.  I really enjoyed meeting Michael and his friends and getting to know the characters as the story progressed.  There was a bullying theme through the book and it was interesting to see the "Bully's side of the story" in a way.  I am very happy to see that it's actually a series and I will definitely continue reading it.

    As noted above this was an audio book and the narrator did a really good job.  I liked his voice and different inflections for all the characters and he kept me engaged in the story.  Between the story and the narrator I never felt my mind wander to other things as audio books sometimes do for me.

    The only reason that I did not give it an 8/10 rating is because i probably wouldn't re-read it.

    All in all, it was a good solid read.

    The Books in the Michael Vey Series:
    The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)

    1 comment:

    1. Watched a movie called I am Number 4 and it reminded me a lot of this storyline. Some differences but a bunch of similarities too.