From best-selling author Richard Paul Evans comes a gripping adventure about an ordinary boy who has extraordinary electrical powers....
In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens but prisons, and they want their freedom....
Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon's hoard? If so, apply within....
For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction....
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston....
Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better)....
Powers are determined by geographic birth locations, and only the rich and powerful are permitted access to prized sites. SC is the first person born in space.
The punishment for....
They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength....
Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable - until a day at the zoo ends with Jason transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike any he's ever seen....
Arthur Curie never expected to wind up in Hell. At least, not because he found an ancient sword in a pawnshop....
Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero....
When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones....
Like most normal people, Ben hadn't the faintest idea there was an Institute of Magic....
Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail....
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm....
Trenton Colman is exceptionally creative, with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain....
Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side....
Brilliant and gifted, Mouse is a mental whiz who fails utterly in his initial attempts to join a superhero team. With his dream ostensibly out of reach....
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.
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!
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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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
A mysterious Voice (via cell phone) comes to the aid of The Electro-clan, yet it proves difficult to tell if that voice is actually a help. The kids head off to Peru to rescue Michael's mother from the clutches of the evil Dr. Hatch who reveals his megalomania and diabolical personality. We also learn more about the world domination conspiracy.
The El-Kids discover how to use their powers in less obvious ways. The supporting characters are given more screen time developing their personalities and fleshing them out. Zeus is most prominent as he throws off the brain washing done by Dr. Hatch and learns to play well with others. It is fun to watch the talents and duels between these X-kids, but it is more interesting to see the "normal" kids use their "normal" talents and abilities in these dire circumstances. We may come to recognize Austin's memory and brain-store of knowledge and trivia and Jack's semper fi bravery and loyalty as powers just as admirable as those of the El-kids.
I do hope future volumes will explain why the indigenous Amazon tribe speaks Mandarin Chinese rather than Quechua or Aymara. Speakers of Mandarin will readily recognize (good pronunciation btw, Fred Berman) common phrases such as
zhàn qǐlái 站起来 stand up
qù 去 go
shuìjiào 睡觉 sleep
bái móguǐ 白魔鬼 white devil
Did Mr. Evans think to fool us, or is there an inherent story-line reason for this? Aside from this, these people have caused the plot twist taking us into the next volume.
This series is rated PG-13 for violence, although none is truly graphic, because our imaginations fill in the details. It's a fine morality tale dealing with many issues such as bullying, seeing people's inner strengths rather than their outward appearance, peer pressure, manipulation, moral courage, friendship and the like.
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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.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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!!!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
It's good so you should really really really really really really get it because it's good
please read the first book!! this is a great series not just a good book!
this is a great series, I am glad I started listening to it. I highly recommend