Most of the events of this book take place in South America. It seems largely accurate in it's descriptions of places, but the setting change is so jarring from the first book. Michael Vey doesn't stay in Idaho, or even in America, but takes the fight to the evil ElGen corporation.
Again, Michael's condition is largely ignored throughout the book. Which may be the point. Dr Hatch is again back as the main villian and the ElGen have developed new weapons and tactics in the 13 hours since we left our heroes at the end of the first book.
The setting change, while jarring, does move the book away from the cliches of the first book. The heroes are virtuous to a fault and the bad guys are evil to the hilt.
All in all it remains a typical teen hero fantasy in an unusual setting.
Fred Berman does another oustanding job.
Trouble at the Star Source plant in Peru!
Voices of Michael, Austin, Dr. Hatch and Jack.
It's a nice change. A clean book for teens but really for all ages. I am not a science fiction lover at all and love this series. Richard Paul Evean is really onto something here and a big thanks to Mercury Ink for producing this series.The books make you laugh and cry.So nice to see kid's actually make the decision in life to "do what is right" .
A great read and I can't wait for the remaing 4 books in the series to come out.
It was a fun listen through out the whole book, I've listened to this book three times now, and I still enjoyed listing to it each time!!!
I liked the alternating points of view and the characters. I really liked Michael and Simon and Taylor a lot in the first book, and while I still enjoyed them in this one, I wasn't quite as invested as I was the first time around.
The Rise of Elgen wasn't like any other book that I have read. Parts were a little gory/gross. Don't want to give too much away, but there are some large rats and some nasty stuff happens with them.
The narrator is good. I think he does well with the boy's/men's voices. Like most male narrators, I am not all that impressed with his women's voices but it doesn't take anything away from the book.
Yes. I loved the first book and stayed up late to listen to it. This one wasn't quite that good, but I still listened to the entire book in one day!
While some stuff was resolved in this book, the ending was a cliffhanger. You don't find out who is helping? Michael and his friends and why. The cliffhanger at the end was good, and it made up for some of the slower parts of the book. The alternating points of view also made the book move faster than it might have otherwise. All-in-all a good sequel to the first and I am looking forward to the third book in the series!
No. This book was not as wonderful as the first in the series. It had a little too much gore for my taste. The characters were well developed but when their powers became even greater than they had been in the first book, it made my logical mind wonder how their body, especially Michael's, could survive the extra burden of the power surges. I'll have to say that the narration was amazing. The way the voices would change and the tone would change, made it a really exciting listen.
I think that the descriptions were a little too vivid when the rats were devouring their meal. I guess I would have tried to figure out a way to leave more to the imagination. I also was shocked at the ending and would have liked to have this be the last in the series, but I can see that it won't be.
He knew exactly how to use inflection and accents to distinguish between characters and to convey the mood of the story. Excellent narration!!!
Pretty much. We listened to it while traveling and got through it in two long sittings. I looked forward to the second day.
I loved the first book and the second book is just as good. The story is quick and fun and suspenseful. I laughed out loud more than once. Austin and Max are hysterical. I really enjoyed the book. I hate cliff hanger endings. Hopefully Mr. Evans won't make us wait too long for book 3.
Good, solid story. Moves fast!
He does about 20 different voices, so well, and so seamlessly that you forget its one person doing it!
This is far better than the Twilight. For one they have character developments that are believable and more than just a love story.
This book is a part 2. I recommend reading the other one first.
There are many quirks about this book that are very enjoyable.
Voracious Audiobook fanatic that enjoys a wide variety of books. Some of my favorite genres are- Sci-fi, Espionage, Romance, and Mystery.
Yes- Great for a long trip in the car with kids. This is a great compromise for parents who want to listen as well. Entertaining for the whole family (ages 10+). This might be too much for anyone younger than 10, due to violence.
The first Michael Vey book is great- This series falls in a category that is hard to find. I have younger kids (10-12) and they loved the first 2 books. There is serious action, but nothing more serious than a PG-13 rating. No real language, and nothing sexual in nature. The Rick Riordan novels, or the Ranger's Apprentice series fall somewhere in the same category. Enjoyable action/adventure stories, with some violence.
Continuity is a big deal with Audiobooks. I hope he will continue reading follow-on books. Nothing worse than changing readers during a multi-book series.
Nothing that serious. There is a fair amount of humor in the face of danger, paticularly with one of the main brainiac characters who provides some comic relief.
Be sure to listen to 1st book for frame of reference. This second book isn't as good, but is still enjoyable.
Better than the first. Its now 5 am and I have to go to work exhausted but was worth it. If you start don't expect to stop.