Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen

Title: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen

Series: Michael Vey #2

Author: Richard Paul Evans

Genre: Teen Superhero

Rating: Craft—4, Content—3,
Overall—3.7 out of 5 stars

Book Trailer:

An electric teen and his friends set out to rescue his mother from the underworld group seeking them.

Excerpt from “A Hitch,” the prologue of Rise of the Elgen:

“This had better be important,” the man said. It was past two in the morning in the Tyrrhenian Sea and the man on the boat had been awoken for the call.

“There’s been a  . . . hitch,” Hatch said, choosing the word carefully. He leaned back in the leather seat of his private jet. “The transition from our Pasadena facility didn’t go as smoothly as we planned.”

“What kind of ‘hitch’?”

“We had a revolt.”

“A revolt? By who?”

“Michael Vey. And the GPs.”

“Did any of them escape?”

“All of them.”

The Craft: As with the previous novel (Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25), Rise of the Elgen doesn’t have any single quality that stands out, but neither does it make any glaring mistakes either.

The prose is clean and easy to read. The characters are likeable and varied, with some nice dynamics between them. I didn’t care for the first chapter’s recap, and the plot felt predictable for the most part. Yet tension remained strong throughout, and your interest is held to the end.

Overall, this book offers another enjoyable afternoon read.

The Content: Rise of the Elgen, like with book 1, doesn’t offer any grand insights into the world. That said, it continues to develop a strong theme about loyalty while touching on several other important topics: working together, what it truly means to love someone (not romantic), and that there is no such thing as an insignificant gift.

Concerning common topical concerns, there are a couple light romantic threads between characters, supernatural powers have a scientific explanation, and though the violence stronger and a bit more descriptive than in book 1 (especially concerning the Feedings), it is still mostly kept to the over-the-top, comic-book-styled action.

Summary: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen delivers an enjoyable second installment in this series. Recommended especially for those who enjoy superhero stories.

Rating: Craft—4, Content—3, Overall—3.7 out of 5 stars

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