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Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  15,682 Ratings  ·  1,463 Reviews
Michael must save his mother—and protect his powers—in the electric sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 tecno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alli
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink (first published January 1st 2012)
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Colleen Houck
Oh the rats! The RATS! I still shiver just thinking about them. It's such a crazy cool idea for a source of energy that goes terribly wrong! Have to start the next book immediately to see what happens to Michael and his friends. Wow! Love all the energy powers.
Winter Sophia Rose
Mar 28, 2016 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Intense, Gripping, Secrets, Twists & Turns! A Exciting Read! I Loved It!
Kit Kat
I must say I am incredibly glad I saw this on the shelf at a bookstore and decided to read it. The first one was Phenominale and I wish the third one would come out faster. But here's the gist of it. Michael is a very well thought out character who is very out going and brave. The story was a little Cliche but I enjoyed it none the less. It's one of those books you read just to know the good guy would win, get the girl, and save his family. It made me wonder why others gave soooooo much attentio ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok
While the writing is ok - mostly fast-paced and definitely held my interest - this one suffered the frequent "sophomore slump". Yes, I understand this is science fiction. Yes, I've read science fiction before. No, science fiction isn't my favorite genre, but I still finished the book.

If I were being nit-picky, which I really try not to, I could list several things that I felt were thrown in just because the author could. They didn't really add to the plot, nor even the enjoyment of reading. They
Aug 29, 2012 Alisa rated it it was amazing
My two complaints: This book came out on the second day of school... right as I'm trying to get my kids back in school! Even though I had limited time, I squeezed in some time to read this book because I really liked the first book. The second complaint: The cliffhanger that has me waiting another year (and I just heard that this is a 6-book series - Yikes!).

Michael and his friends escape the Elgen, meet an anonymous ally (known as "the Voice") who helps them with one of the escapes and gives th
Michael Vey returns and continues on the adventure begun in The Prisoner of Cell 25 - specifically, the hunt for his missing mother. This hunt, for which he'll need all the Electroclan's help, takes them out of the US and down to the mountains and jungles of Peru, where the Elgen have themselves another diabolical little prison-slash-science lab, not unlike the School from Maximum Ride or the Evolutionaries from Generation Icarus. Their top product? Electrically charged rats, as the book's cover ...more
Aug 19, 2012 John rated it it was amazing

An excellent book. Made for a great family read-a-loud. One thing to note, Richard Paul Evans promoted this series as one that was supposed to be as action-packed as other popular young adult books such as Harry Potter and Hunger Games, but without being as dark and demented. I would say that the first book of the series lived up to that claim, but this second book exposed much more of the villian in this story and was much darker. Some of the death scenes were especially gruesome and might be
Avery (ThePagemaster)
First read: November 11-18, 2012
Re-read: September 12-16, 2016

My feelings for the series, so far, have remained the same; though there is a flaw or two, I can look past that and still enjoy the series. It still makes my heart race faster and my ears hot with every one of Hatch's sermons. And the rats.

Speaking of rats, this book gets a little darker than its predecessor. Since rats have become such a common phobia, with good understanding, they are used as not only the source of the main plot dev
James Worster
Oct 12, 2016 James Worster rated it really liked it
Definitely did enjoy this one. I had read the first book around 2 years ago and enjoyed it. I saw the sequel in the library and decided why not pick it up. Interesting cast of characters in these books. They are definitely mellowed out considering no one curses at all even though they are older teens and their lives are on the line. But, they don't mellow the violence at all. They talk about about feeding people to millions of rats and how its very quick and all that is left is bone in seconds.
Apr 22, 2016 Qt rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. I continue to enjoy the characters, the story, and the action! The bad guy is certainly villainous and I like how the heroes work together and take care of each other. The ending wasn't totally satisfactory to me but I guess that's why there's another book ;-)
Jan 29, 2015 Lazybee rated it liked it
One of the worst mistakes superhero story writers makes is that overpowering their protagonist. R.P.Evans clearly made that mistake in this book. Other than that this was a classic superhero adventure. I can't say I didn't like it. Although it wasn't as awesome as it's predecessor.
Jun 22, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: favs
I liked this book, BUT, please note, don't read this book right before you are going to eat. There are some icky descriptions that totally grossed me out and made me loose my appetite! They did pertain to the story and plot and actually developed it, but it was still really gross and they are throughout the entire book. ewe. With that said, this is a 4 star book for me.

I liked how the characters are developing and how they work together. The plot was also good. It's sorta like a Jame's Bond mov
3 stars

Richard Paul Evans took an interesting turn in the plot of his Michael Vey series in book two: Rise of the Elgen. The next book in the series follows Michael and the Electroclan as they escape the Elgen in book one, and later try to find his mother. While trying to locate her the Elgen keeps on attacking and a mysterious voice seems to be watching them.... Or is he? Will Michael succeed in finding his mother and escaping the Elgen?

Book two in the Michael Vey franchise was a good book. It
Alex Reynolds
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Mar 05, 2017 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun youth adventure about kids with special electric powers. I recommend for tweens and teens as well as adults
Charity Raisor
Feb 14, 2017 Charity Raisor rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. I think the only thing that bothered me was the overuse of the word "walked". Other than that, I loved the storyline, and the plot twists were amazing! Overall, I loved it and can't wait to get my hands on the third one!
Apr 15, 2016 Drew rated it really liked it
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Evan E
Feb 08, 2017 Evan E rated it it was amazing
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Feb 24, 2017 Clay rated it really liked it
Very entertaining book. It's a little bit darker than the first one, but still good
Josh Napper
Josh Napper
Michael Vey 2

While reading Michael vey 2, honestly I expected something more unpredictable. I enjoyed how it begun leading off the first book. His group of electric friends and himself have escaped the Elgen however they realize that the powerful team is still hunting them down. Throughout the book I think it was cool that Michaels powers grew over time as he evolved and became more wise. I enjoyed the setting when they were all in there small town in Idaho and were collecting Intel
Aug 13, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
No way can the second book of a series be as good as the first. But it is. Not just a place holder, but a bona fide page turner. The story continues to develop as do the characters. The Electriclan kids' powers are practiced and develop even further. Michael Vey becomes the accidental leader and, I love this, he is flawed. Not only is he flawed, but he's still a kid and often wants to go back to a simpler time.

Read the first book before this one. Although I think a reader will catch onto the gis
Greatest Ever
Aug 25, 2012 Greatest Ever rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Well, after months and months of obsessively checking the internet Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen was finally released! But did it live up to the hype?

Michael Vey's story seemed rather simple at first: teenage boy has superpowers but it QUICKLY diverged into its own strange, lovable series but I'm not here to review the first book. The second book improved where the first book fell flat.

One of the problems I had with the first book was that the characters felt rather 'thin' and almost paper
Oct 23, 2012 Bob(cassandra) rated it really liked it
Michael Vey: Rise of The Elgen
Richard Paul Evens
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This book was amazing, it is a thriller. It is one of those books that you can’t put down. You are on edge on almost every part. There is some romance and mystery. This book is very action packed. There are fires and lightning bolts flying. It is very excited and very breath taking. This book is about a group of kids with electric powers, and they basically fight an evil guy named Hatch. Now Hatch is trying to basically take
Adil G
Nov 23, 2015 Adil G rated it it was amazing
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Varun Yelamanchi
My experience with Michael Vey rise of the Elgen was great. This book is the second book in the Michael vey series and even though the first one was good this was even better. This book constantly made me want too read more which is what I want in a book.

This book can get pretty intense. It often has points when you feel hopeless for the main characters even though you know that they will arrive in the end. "I rolled over to my back. Struggling for breath. The pain continued to pulse through my
Luke Melroy
Sep 27, 2016 Luke Melroy rated it really liked it
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Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen, by Richard Paul Evans

Imagine having just destroyed a large facility trying to rescue someone, angering a large business in the process. Having nowhere to go or hide. This is Michael and the Electroclan’s situation at the moment.

The main characters of this book are Michael, a boy in high school that can use electric powers to shock people, Ostin, Michael’s best friend and genius, Taylor, a cheerleader and Michael’s girlfriend, she also has electric
Aug 06, 2012 AnnMarie rated it liked it
My eleven year old was devouring this book. I was also reading it but a little slower than she was. Then I read in the paper that although it is geared for ages 12 and up it was recommended that it might be better if it was 16 and up. I confiscated the book from my daughter and said I needed to read it first. She was NOT happy. I just finished it and although there are some pretty ruthless people and moments in this book, I believe I will let her read it.

This book picks up right where the last o
Oct 01, 2012 Darla rated it liked it
(Genre:Teen Fiction/Science Fiction) 3.5 stars. If you read and enjoyed the first book, then you will probably want to read this one as well. This is the second installment in the series and it did not disappoint. Michael is a great teen hero who now leads a small band of electric teenagers (along with 3 "normal" teenagers) on a mission to rescue his mother from the hands of the Elgen and the evil Dr. Hatch. We also get new and better insight into the Elgen coorporation and how Dr. Hatch fits in ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Taffy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
First line:

""This had better be important," the man said."

The next book in the Michael Vey series won't disappoint. With constant twists and action, and creepy plots like glowing rats, it's hard to put this book down.

Michael Vey is part of a special group of kids with special powers. And certain people want them dead. Another group of people also want the special kids, but hopefully to help them. But Michael must first save his mother, who has been kidnapped by the bad guys as bait for Michael.

Jan 30, 2017 Bryan rated it liked it
The Michael Vey Universe is a fun little world to escape to while reading. The major problem that I have with this series so far is how evil Dr. Hatch is. He is so despicable that no one, or very few people, would follow him. The other issue that I have is why he is so determined to have the electric children rule the world, when he is a normal human. Does he really thinks he can control them after he makes them believe that he is beneath them? It makes no sense! My kids love these books and wan ...more
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When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written ele ...more
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Michael Vey (7 books)
  • The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey, #1)
  • Battle of the Ampere (Michael Vey, #3)
  • Hunt for Jade Dragon (Michael Vey, #4)
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“Magnetism is not like in the superhero movies. I couldn’t pull a car toward myself, because a car weighs more than I do. I just ended up pulling myself to the car.” 8 likes
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