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Rise of the Elgen: Michael Vey, Book 2 | [Richard Paul Evans]

Rise of the Elgen: Michael Vey, Book 2

Michael was born with special electrical powers - and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out. After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru.
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Publisher's Summary

Michael must save his mother - and protect his powers - in the electric sequel to the number-one New York Times best-selling Michael Vey, from Richard Paul Evans.

Michael was born with special electrical powers - and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out.

After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power - and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world.

©2012 Richard Paul Evans (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Lisa South Jordan, Utah, United States 11-21-12
    Lisa South Jordan, Utah, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Evans and Berman continue an excellent story!"
    Where does Rise of the Elgen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Some audiobook narrators are difficult to listen to. Berman's performance brings this story to life. After both reading and hearing the first Vey book, I recommend listening to this over reading it. It's just so fun to hear!


    What other book might you compare Rise of the Elgen to and why?

    Might compare to Harry Potter, or I Am Number Four. Sci-Fi brought closer to home.


    Any additional comments?

    What comes next? Waiting for it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 11-05-12
    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Reading!"
    Any additional comments?

    Fun for the whole family! My preteen children and my teenagers alike loved both Michael Vey books. And yes, even though its a kid's story I have to admit I enjoyed it too. The characters are well developed and the plot is intense with a lot of action. I should mention that the narrator did an excellent job, and was easy to listen to.

    My kids keep asking if the next book in the series has been published. We hope it will be soon!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lynne Jarvis Ozark, MO United States 10-29-12
    Mary Lynne Jarvis Ozark, MO United States 10-29-12
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    "Exciting but less believable"
    Would you listen to Rise of the Elgen again? Why?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He knew exactly how to use inflection and accents to distinguish between characters and to convey the mood of the story. Excellent narration!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much. We listened to it while traveling and got through it in two long sittings. I looked forward to the second day.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie United States 10-01-12
    Stephanie United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great addition to the series. (Possible Spoiler)"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gipper1254 Yucaipa, CA USA 09-20-12
    Gipper1254 Yucaipa, CA USA 09-20-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Outstanding narration!"
    What did you love best about Rise of the Elgen?

    Good, solid story. Moves fast!


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does about 20 different voices, so well, and so seamlessly that you forget its one person doing it!


    Any additional comments?

    Great fun!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Ann Olson Montana 09-19-12
    Lee Ann Olson Montana 09-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The saga continues"
    If you could sum up Rise of the Elgen in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are many quirks about this book that are very enjoyable.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marlous KOOSKIA, ID, United States 09-18-12
    Marlous KOOSKIA, ID, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "WOW!! Love this!!!"
    Would you listen to Rise of the Elgen again? Why?

    Yes I would and will.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of the Elgen?

    The whole thing. Love the excitement, the intrigue, the whole story line.


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    Sally Elkhart, IN, United States 09-17-12
    Sally Elkhart, IN, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    Love listinging to this story. This is a great read for adults and teens.

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    Crystal Robertson, Australia 09-13-12
    Crystal Robertson, Australia 09-13-12 Member Since 2011

    I read and review Young Adult lit!

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    "Better than the first but still room to improve"

    The first Michael Vey book was almost too painful to finish. The interesting premise gave way to a cliché after cliché for a majority of the book. I stuck it out though and I was rewarded with a very satisfying ending.

    I was so impressed and had such high hopes that the story would continue as it had ended that I bought the Rise of the Elgen immediately.

    I was not disappointed with the main story line in book 2. The series definitely skews younger than a lot of YA, so while it was simple I still enjoyed the way Michael and his team interacted, set about and achieved their goals in the story.

    The only problem is the villain and Elgen story line. The egomaniacal Dr Hatch is a caricature of every super villain you’ve very seen/read. He’s one of the painful clichés set up in Book 1 that unfortunately had to carry through.

    Worse still, the book completely flat lines in act 2 when we switch to omniscient narration following Dr Hatch for about five chapters. I almost gave up the book it dragged so painfully reading half as a boring school tour of the Elgen facility and half as a CIA primer on prisoner of war torture (which gave it a very weird vibe.

    As I said the main plot with Michael was pretty simple and the sizeable Elgen diversion felt like it was in there to make up pages.

    The story did fortunately revive but the author sacrifices the impact of a powerful concise ending to drag it out for a bit of a cliff-hanger – a personal peeve of mine.

    Yes, I enjoyed it, yes, I’ll probably read it again (I still wouldn’t’ read Book 1 again where the good doesn’t outweigh he bad) and yes, I’ll read the next book but Rise of the Elgen is far from perfect so it will never become a favourite.

    Fussy readers beware but it’s worth a go.

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    Max Connors Pasco, WA 09-10-12
    Max Connors Pasco, WA 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun listen, hope this is heading somewhere"
    Would you listen to Rise of the Elgen again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Rise of the Elgen to and why?

    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.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to listen to 1st book for frame of reference. This second book isn't as good, but is still enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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