Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen (Novel)
Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan have escaped from the Elgen Academy in Pasadena and are headed back to Idaho to plan their next move. But what’s waiting for them there will change everything.
After using their wits and powers to narrowly escape an Elgen Trap, a mysterious voice leads the Electroclan to the jungles of Peru in search of Michael’s mother. Once there, they discover that Dr. Hatch and the Elgen are far more powerful than anyone realizes; entire countries have begun to fall under their control. Only the Electroclan and an anonymous voice now stand in the way of the Elgen’s plan for global domination.
But is the voice that Michael is following really an ally, or is it just another Elgen trap?
Engaging and packed with action, “Michael Vey and the Rise of the Elgen” is supposed to be a Young Adult (YA) novel and is the second in the “Michael Vey” series. While the plot is compelling, the story is quite violent and graphic.
The protagonist, Michael Vey, is surrounded by his teenage friends. Much of the book deals with developing the characters and their relationships to one another. Being a mixed group of boys and girls, the story deals with some benign romance (mostly hand holding and flirting). The interaction between a few of the boys is full of empty threats, immature joking, and flaring tempers. In short, the characterization is typical of teen literature.
What I found to be most troubling, however, was the amount of violence contained in the book. There are explosions resulting in human mortality, man-eating rats, a flippant attitude to violent acts, and more. Many of these occurrences were left without consequence, even among the “bad guys.” Several times during the reading I asked myself, “Was that really necessary to developing the plot?” More often than not, the answer was “no.” Considering the violence, we cannot recommend this book to an audience concerned with family values.