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Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  7,687 ratings  ·  911 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...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
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I loved this book; I thought it was just as good and action-packed as the first. My only complaint is the ending...its not bad, just a cliff-hanger; I don't know how long I will have to wait for a third book to come out and finish the story.
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...more
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
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...more

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...more
(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
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...more
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...more
Dec 21, 2012 Taffy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.

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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...more
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...more
Aug 22, 2012 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 4½ 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 mo...more
Michael and Taylor were born with electrical powers and it so happens that 15 others were too. Now Michael has to save his mother who was kidnapped by Dr. Hatch, the leader of the Elgen. Michael, Taylor, and Ostin face many new challenges and enemies as they are led to the jungles of Peru. With the help of the “voice” and some other friends they have met along the way they must save the world from the Elgen’s rise in power and Michael’s mom before it is too late.
I loved this book and the only...more
Sarah Allred
This is the second book in its series. Michael and his friends run from California and go back home in Ohio. A mysterious voice calls Michael and help them out. They go to Peru to save his mom, and Michael gets captured and almost killed a few times. They save his mom and make it out alive.
Nick Thomas
A very "electrifying" book, and a good read, Richard Paul Evans out-did himself writing the sequel to Micheal Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25. The age range for this book varies but putting a specific age on this book probably anywhere from 14-20 years old, but anyone who is interested in electricity and boy wonder's will enjoy this book. I found that Mike is a very relatable person. The way he has to lead his group of friends through a series of events that involve hand to hand combat, lightning, some...more
Josue Fuentes
I already read the first book so i got into the series and its getting better!
Young Mensans
Rise of the Elgen is a science-fiction book by Richard Paul Evans that continues the stories of a teenager named Michael Vey's adventures. Michael has special electrical powers, and has teamed up with others with similar powers to defeat the evil Elgen company. I enjoyed reading this book because it lived up to the first book in the series, The Prisoner of Cell 25, with a good plot line and characters that are easy to identify with. I would recommend this book to anyone else who has an interest...more
Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen is the continuation of the Michael Vey series of books by bestselling author, Richard Paul Evans.
The story is about a teenage boy who has electric powers, he find out in the first book that he is not the only kid with special powers. Michael is lured into a compound called Elgen Academy where he meets up with other special kids.
This book starts out with Michael and his so-called Electroclan, hiding in his small town in Idaho after escaping from the Elgen Academ...more
I thought this was an amazing book. i usually don't like action books. But I just couldn't put this book down. It was filled with action, romance, drama and etc. Michael Vey is a strong character. He seems weak and nerdy in the first book. But, as the books go on it seems like he becomes stronger and more confident in himself. This book has so many twists and turns in it. All these things happen that you would never expect especially the ending. The ending just makes you want to go read the next...more
i really like this book because it shows the relation ship of teens with electrical powers. Its very interesting how Michael deals with being the leader of the group and having the constant thought that he could get him and the others killed just by looking for his missing mother. Through out both books of Michael Vey, Michael has changed from a very nerdy shy teen age boy to a very brave risk taking teenager that is willing to find his mom and find out more about the group that are hunting him...more
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Aioki Reika
“It’s just keeps better and better!”

I really love the Michael Vey Series! The book 2 is way more ACTION than the first.

The story is very thrilling and full of excitement; the Electroclans did a really good job as a team. Their abilities fascinate me and I just wanna be one of them!

The ending is a cliff-hanger though and I can’t wait for the next book!

ALL HAIL for the author Richard Paul Evans for writing these awesome series! <3

Garrett Smith
Nov 14, 2013 Garrett Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like fantasy
Recommended to Garrett by: my sister
I give this book *****,I liked this book because I can relate to it. I am in Junior High & there is bulling in the school. This book is action-packed and there is always a cliff-hanger at the end of each chapter. This book is also easy to visualize the characters in your head & you can picture what is going on.This book is also good because throughout the book you meet new characters and see what powers they have & how they can use them in there own way.
I really liked this book. It was exciting and had some suspense, so I just wanted to keep reading to know what was going to happen. It keeps you on your toes, and isn't boring to read.

Rise of the Elgen is the second book in the series. In the first book, Michael Vey learns that there are kids like him, kids who have electric powers. His mom and friend are kidnapped, and he has to go save them from this guy named Dr. Hatch, who is actually the one who created their powers in the first place. In...more
I enjoyed this book, and the series so far. I'm really liking the characters, especially Ostin...he's my favorite! I had a little bit of a problem with the descriptions of the brainwashing process, but that's just me...that kind of stuff really gives me the willies. But overall it was good, but dang that cliff hanger ending. Can't wait for book 3.
Ben Zimmerman
in Rise of the Elgen, Michael Vey and the Electroclan form a challenge that they inteand to meet: to find Michael's mother. When they upload Grace to a computer, the find out that Michael's mother is being held in one of the Elgen's power plants. With the help of a deep-throat contact, they manage to fly to Peru.

"They're coming!" said Ian. "Quick, back to the forest!" I said. Just then, Ostin started laughing. "Whats the matter with you?" I asked, and then Ostin said "Back to the forest, I like...more
Louis Bentley
Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans is the second book in the Michael Vey series and follows Michael and the "electroclan" as they travel to Peru to attempt to infiltrate an Elgen plant in Peru and rescue Michael's mother from the evil organization known as the Elgen. The whole idea of the plot to me was very corny and unoriginal. It felt like it followed the same formula for problem solving and I also thought that there were too many characters to keep track of! For some reason though, I wa...more
Cody Lachappelle
The book is full of suspense. The main character Michael Vay, and the Elctro Clan go to South America to save Michaels Mom from being killed. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I could not put it down. If you like sie-fye or action filled books then this is the book for you.
Katie G
Have you ever had the feeling that someone is always watching you and your friends? Do you feel like it’s up to you to stop them from watching your friends and yourself? In the book ‘Michael Vey Rise of the Elgen’ by Richard Paul Evans Michael has to save his mother from the Elgen but he has to go all the way to Peru to save her. The Elgen company has over 20,000 guards surrounding the premises to keep a look out for Michael and his friends. When Michael get’s to Peru he has to find a way in and...more

In some ways, I liked Rise of the Elgen better than the first book, The Prisoner of Cell 25. The characters felt more developed, the plot was more advanced, and everything was all-around exciting. There is more action with the electric children, and I really enjoyed learning more about their respective powers and seeing how they used them. And I just found out that this series is going to be a total of six books long, and I'm excited to see how R.P. Evans...more
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