Book review: Michael Vey can’t escape trouble in Meridian

September 15, 2013 

  • ‘MICHAEL VEY 3: BATTLE OF THE AMPERE’ by Richard Paul Evans; Simon Pulse / Mercury Ink ($17.99)

  • Richard Paul Evans will be at the Deseret Bookstore at 7147 W. Overland Road in Boise at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, promoting “Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere.” Visit the Book Addicts blog to read Janice Hildreth’s interview with him.

Publisher overview: The hair-raising action continues for Michael Vey in this charged installment of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling series. In the third book of the electrifying series, Michael and his friends must continue to fight the Elgen and try to disrupt their plans to rule the world.

My take: Coming new to the series with this third installment, I was somewhat slow in picking up the story. Unlike most series, Evans assumes readers have read the first two installments and therefore does not give backstory information on the characters or ongoing plot. It took me several chapters to catch up.

The ongoing series is about Michael Vey, a normal nerdy teen — neither popular nor athletic — who has Tourette’s syndrome. He and his single mother have moved around a lot and currently live in Meridian, Idaho. One of the reasons they move around is to keep Michael under the radar because of his special power. He and several of his friends can create and transmit electricity with their bodies.

In this third segment, an evil consortium called the Elgin, bent on world domination, is trying to gain control of Michael and his friends.

Because they have resisted them, the Elgin have kidnapped his mother and are holding her somewhere in the Peruvian jungle.

His quest to rescue his mother is hampered because the Elgin have convinced the government of Peru that Michael and his friends are terrorists, and so they find themselves the target of not only the Elgin, but also the Peruvian government.

The end is not a resolution; it is simply a defeat of imminent danger and promises of more mayhem in upcoming books.

The only detraction I saw was simply a lack of backstory for readers coming to this series for the first time. It is well-written and engaging and, speaking for parents everywhere, thank you for making it clean.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

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