English Book Report One On: Michael Vey: Rise of The Elgen

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           This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  It just stands out so well against other teen novels and blows your mind.  The way it’s comprised is just amazing and the attention to detail is also very, very good.  Michael Vey is a kid from Meriden, Idaho who has something very special about him.  He is electric, in other words he can shock people, sometimes not on purpose.  This being the second Book I will briefly run over what happened in the first book in this series for references.  

            At first, only Michael and his mom knew he was electric, well that’s what they thought….  They constantly had to change location from California to Tennessee to Idaho and so on.  Michael thought the main reason for all this moving was to keep from being discovered by regular people, but, his mom knew they were being hunted by a company called the Elgen. 

            The Elgen is the only reason Michael was electric.  When he was born, his mother put him into a beta for a scanner that scans babies for cancer and other illnesses.  The scanner killed over 50 babies and only 17 survived.  The 17 that did survive had electrical powers each with their own special ability.  Michaelwas one of those 17, his powers at the time was just shocking people through touch. 

            He met a cheerleader at his school that also had electric powers and they formed a group of electrical people and people associated with them called “The ElectroClan”.  Michael and the cheerleader, Taylor, found out about the Elgen because their birthdays are within 5 days of each other.  They Googled the Elgen to find more info about how they became to be electrical and discover who the Elgen really where. The Elgen found out they were searching for information and the Elgen ended up capturing Michaels mom leaving the ElectroClan: Michael, Taylor and Michaels nerdy friend Ostin to find Michaels mother. 

            They travel with one of Micheals school bullies who has a car to drive to Pasadena.  They did not end up saving his mom but, they did end up destroying the Pasadena Elgen base in the progress.  They escape with other electric kids that where held there against their will.  There was however, a lot of other kids who were on the Elgens side.  Michael, Taylor and Ostin bring back with them four other kids and the two-childhood bullies Jack and Wade.  The four kids are Ian, who is blind but uses electro location like bats or dolphins see through every material except copper.  Then, there is Abigail, she can make peoples pain go away by touching them. After her, there is McKenna, she can go bright like a glowing ember or get super hot and melt through things.  Finally, there is Zeus who can shoot lightning out of his hands.  Zeus was once loyal to Hatch (The main manager of the Elgen).  That was until hatch disgraced him and told Zeus that he had accidentally shocked his parents in a pool and killed them.

            So now, the kids are out to find Michaels mother and imprison hatch and the other electric children who are loyal to hatch.  Now I’m going to talk about the characterization throughout the book and cover the story along the way. 

            Michael is very self-conscious about his powers and sometimes shows it a lot when he is stressed.  Something else he is very self-conscious about sometimes is his turrets syndrome.  It is not the kind that makes him swear all the time but a kind that makes him blink, gulp or make small sounds and such when he gets nervous or is in a stressful situation.  Everybody freaks out and doesn’t want to be around him when they hear he has turrets but it doesn’t really bother him.

            Michael’s only good friend at the beginning of the first book was Ostin.  Ostin means a lot to Michael because Ostin is the only person besides his mom and the Elgen that knows about his powers.  That means a lot to Michael because it really hurts him to have to hold that caliber of secret in.  The reason he tells Taylor about it is that she witnesses him shocking the bullies Jack, Wade and Mitchell.  After Michael tells her, she tells him about his powers and they form the ElectroClan with Michael, Ostin and Taylor. 

            Michael’s mom is captured at a pizza place where another electrical kid named nichelle saps him of his powers.  It scares Michael because of the circumstances in which is mother was kidnapped.  After all this Michael just takes a break for a few days and lets all of this sink in and by doing so he makes himself emotionally stronger.  When they fail at rescuing his mother later on he doesn’t think a lot about that and instead focuses on other things like staying safe from the Elgen and keeping all his new friends and allies safe at the same time.  Now I will go into the second book and Michael’s characterization during that book.  Michael and his friends get trapped inside of wades house which isn’t so bad, seeing wades parents are always gone and his dads a millionaire. 

            They train with their powers and the ones of them who don’t have powers, physically trained.  Ostin mostly just ate jelly donuts though.  Grace had downloaded the Elgen mainframe computer when they were in the Elgen place in Pasadena.  It was amassed over three Terabytes (3,528,892,416 Bytes) in raw data including text documents and pictures about everything Elgen.  Ostin goes through all the data, finds where Michael is, and his mom is in Peru in a jungle compound that looks like a prison. 

            There was a man that helped them escape the Elgen once.  He will help them get to Peru if they give him Grace so he can keep her information safe from Hatch.  

            Hatch is forced to stop holding all the electric children and let them go including to stop hunting Michael.  He does not like this and neither does the electric children that are loyal to him.  They still want to stay with hatch so they decide to capture Michael, kill him, and keep their “Family” together.  Michael is clueless of this and is still planning to go to Peru, capture hatch, and get his mother.  When they get to Peru, they have a lot of trouble getting in to the compound without Hatch finding out.  They get in and get Michaels mother but Michael is captured while the others make a close escape with some genetically engineered electric cannibal rats.  The group finds out these rats are actually part of a program called “Star Source”.  The Elgens plan is to use the rats to generate power to power the whole world thus letting them control the whole world.  The rats they have in the Peru compound are enough to power tons of major cities in Peru and the compound itself. 

            Ostin comes up with a plan to save Michael and it works.  Michael is saved and they get away just in time before Hatch can get them.  Nevertheless, Hatch sends helicopters through the jungle to search and Michael is found by the Elgen but a tribe of aborigines saves him by shooting the Guards with darts.  The tribe thinks Michael is some sort of god and they worship him and treat him very good.

            The book ends there very abruptly leaving everyone hanging.   Over the entire book Michael is very good at keeping his cool even with the off the wall things that happen to him and the group.  Ostin did not keep his cool in the first book but during this one, the author let him have some courage throughout this book, completely changing the book.

            That’s basically an overview of the whole book in a nutshell without going into all the minute details.  Michael characterization in very random throughout the book with big spurts  every once in a while.


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