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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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    FanB14 08-26-12
    FanB14 08-26-12

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Good Series for Boys"

    Michael and clan pick up where the first left off, on the run to save his mother and stop the Elgen plan from "Hatching". The romance between Michael and Taylor is more in the background, yet other characters are fleshed out more creating new interest.

    This series is a mixture of Firestarter (Stephen King) meets Percy Jackson. Excellent series for boys grades 4-12. Enjoy!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 01-03-14
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of the Elgen to be better than the print version?

    I don't know; I do very little print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I thought the stinky guy was intriguing


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

    keeping it moving along; didn't get sleepy from sitting and reading


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the stinky guy sacrificed himself; also the friendships were moving and how they all stuck together.


    Any additional comments?

    These are really good books. I highly recommend. The premise of the power with the rats was very unique, kind of disgusting and very interesting all at the same time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-03-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Great Story For All Ages"

    Great Story ...check
    Great narration. ..check
    Up all night listening ....check
    Absolutely worth a credit ...check

    I highly recommend this book you will enjoy it.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    kelvin phoenix 12-20-14 Member Since 2013

    I wont go in to the plots too much mainly if it 3 - 5 stars you may want to try it.

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    "Great Young Adult series"
    What made the experience of listening to Rise of the Elgen the most enjoyable?

    The Electro-Clan is learning to help and be a cohesive team will expanding their knowledge of their powers. All this while trying to complete the mission that made them a team.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Fred Berman's voice and his narration. He can bring these characters to life.


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

    Think had me laugh one minute, cry the next, and laughing again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah San Antonio, Tx 12-10-14
    Sarah San Antonio, Tx 12-10-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you try another book from Richard Paul Evans and/or Fred Berman?

    Absolutely. Going to finish out the series.


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

    My favorite moment is Michael's reunion with his mother.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Fred Berman?

    Mr. Berman is a wonderful narrator. With as many different voices and accents that are involved in this particular book, he does a great job and is consistent throughout.


    Do you think Rise of the Elgen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, it already has one, so yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Monts 09-10-14
    R. J. Monts 09-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Huge setting change from the first book"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle R Dallas, TX 10-21-13
    Kyle R Dallas, TX 10-21-13
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    "Written as a kids book but great for adults too."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of the Elgen to be better than the print version?

    Fred Berman does another oustanding job.


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

    Trouble at the Star Source plant in Peru!


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Voices of Michael, Austin, Dr. Hatch and Jack.


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

    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" .


    Any additional comments?

    A great read and I can't wait for the remaing 4 books in the series to come out.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denard Stockbridge, GA, United States 09-09-13
    Denard Stockbridge, GA, United States 09-09-13
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    "good story"
    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha 11-29-12
    Tabitha 11-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Follow Up"
    What did you love best about Rise of the Elgen?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 2 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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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