Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Review: Michael Vey: The Rise of Elgen by Richard Paul Evans

Friday, October 26, 2012

Audiobook Review: Michael Vey: The Rise of Elgen by Richard Paul Evans

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink; First Edition edition (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442454148
ISBN-13: 978-1442454149

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I rolled over to my back, struggling for breath. The pain continued to pulse through my body—a heavy throb followed by a sharp, crisp sting.
The man said, “Trust me, there are worse things in this world than Cell 25.”
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?


The book: 
Everybody would love a superpower. Don't deny it; to be able to fly would have it's uses. Teleportation would be awesome. Invisibility would be pretty great. And of course, super-strength would make everything easier. The Michael Vey series is about a group of teenagers who were mutated at birth to have superpowers linked to the electricity running through their bodies. The normal human body runs on electricity, but this group of teens' electricity was amplified a thousandfold. Through this, they each have a different power. One kid can shoot bolts of lightning from his hands. Another can "reboot" a person's mind, confusing them and making them forget what happened in the last few seconds. Of course, this is all pretty cool. This group of teens are being hunted down by the very organization who gave them their powers, Elgen Enterprises. This is a very exciting story line that will keep you turning pages until you run out. Richard Paul Evans really knows how to write a good story. As you're reading this book, you can tell just how well the story is planned out, and how the characters develop. It's a great thing to, as a reader, be able to distinguish different characters as if they were real people that you are actually interacting with. This is a really great book, and an amazing sequel. I'm convinced that with the upcoming books in the series, this series will be among my favorites. 

The audiobook: 
Fred Herman is one of my favorite audiobook narrators. There isn't a whole lot of uniqueness in his voice, but the great thing about his narration are the different voices he uses. He can just as adeptly impersonate and teenage girl as an evil-sounding old guy. He really gets into his voice acting, and for that, he turns a great book into an amazing audiobook. This is definitely worth listening to. 

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