Hi All, as promised here’s the review of the book Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans.
Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 is the story of a high school freshman who doesn’t quite fit in. There are several reasons for his not being part of the ‘in crowd’: 1) Michael is small in stature. 2)He has Tourette’s syndrome (a tic disorder). 3) Michael has an affinity for electricity. His attraction for electricity is what gets him into trouble, but it is also this odd ‘superpower’ that saves the day.
The plotline is that Michael is one of seventeen children who developed a superpower related to electricity. As usual, there is an evil villain who is trying to gain control of all of these children to exploit their powers.
The villain captures Michael, his mother, and some of his friends, and tries to force him to do his bidding. Michael is able to escape, save a few of the other children that are like him, and wins the heart of the popular girl in school.
I had been told that this book had good values, but I never know what people mean when they tell me that. When I read it I was pleasantly surprised. There is not one word of profanity in the book, there is no sexual content, and the ‘fight’ scenes are wonderfully light-weight and handled in a manner appropriate for children to read (and possibly emulate).
I have two cautions: 1) In the final battle, the villain’s army shoot guns at the escapees, but no one is hit. And 2) the popular girl becomes the hero’s girlfriend and thanks him for saving her life with what appears to be a brief peck on the lips.
Overall the story is entertaining, clean, and action filled. I would say that it is a ‘safe’ read for ages 10 years and up. I would have no problem with a parent reading this book to their 8- or 9-year-olds.
I would be glad to answer any further questions you might have about this book. I am also open to suggestions for my next book review.
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