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
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!
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.
What a non-stop, action packed ride! It never stopped, and the ending is so true to real life.
Real life does not tie nice little bows on plot points, nor does it let you know the answers to all your questions. Real life leads you from one deep question to another deep question. It is so nice to read a book that obviously will have a sequal, but also treats you like real life does.
It is also great to read about characters that are real and learning. They make hard choices and put others needs before their own. There are great life lessons that can be learned from this, and my kids will love it. It's already on the kindle and mp3 of my 11 year old daughter. She'll have it done soon.
I love that young adault books are being writen that show true good/evil conflict and good examples of how to deal with it.
Kids around 12 to 15 maybe, but I thought it was a little mean. Not funny like the first one.
The characters did very mean things.
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!
Might compare to Harry Potter, or I Am Number Four. Sci-Fi brought closer to home.
What comes next? Waiting for it!
Yes I would and will.
The whole thing. Love the excitement, the intrigue, the whole story line.
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