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Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2)

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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
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Published August 14th 2012 by 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
Intense, Gripping, Secrets, Twists & Turns! A Exciting Read! I Loved It!
Aug 21, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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 29, 2012 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
May 02, 2016 Qt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ;-)
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
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
Adil G
Dec 11, 2015 Adil G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 22, 2016 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so much!!

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.
Our favorite guy is back with another story to tell. Michael Vey comes back from destroying the academy. But he is not happy. He wants his mom back. (who is still a prisoner) One day Michael gets a phone call from a person he does not know. The voice tells him that they want to help defeat the bad guys ( know as the elgen) Then Michael finds out where his mother has been kept. The only problem , is that the main place where the elgen is and that hatch ( the leader) is there. Will he and his team ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Sofsofl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was really exciting and all the characters were great. I think the author was very creative in choosing everyone's powers, and thinking up new technology. This is the second book in the Michael Vey series, and although the first book was good, this one was way better. Rise of the Elgen is about Michael, an electrical teenager and the Electroclan, a group of other electrical teenagers and a few normal teens trying to rescue Michael's mother. The evil Dr. Hatch has his own gr ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Darla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Oct 23, 2012 Bob(cassandra) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 21, 2012 Taffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Greatest Ever
Aug 25, 2012 Greatest Ever rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2015 Rzachariah4 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Vey has just destroyed the academy, but he hasn't achieved everything that he wants. The Elgen have his mother kidnapped in Peru and Michael needs to get there without letting Hatch know. When he recieves a phone call from "the voice," he must use it as his best opportunity to get to Peru but will Hatch find out about this plan and will he be caught and put in Cell 26? "Rise of the Elgen" by Richard Paul Evans is about adventure, family loyalty, power, and friendship.
May 04, 2016 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans rise of the Elgen is a science fiction book with a very interesting story. The story is about a boy named Michael. Michael has to find his mother and go save her. He goes with the Electroclan also known as his friends. When they go to save her they figure out that the plant in Peru gets money from selling electricity from electric rats. They save his mother but he gets caught. The Electroclan goes to save him and bring him back safe. This book is definitely wort ...more
Michael Vey and 8 other teenagers (5 of the teens have electric powers including Michael) want to find Michael's mom and take her home to safety, but to get to her they must break into a plant were the people are keeping Michael's mom and bust her out of the cell. So they come up with a plan and put it to action. Then when they get out and are running from the guards 8 of the teens get captured. Michael Vey Rise of the Elgen is about bravery, trust, and friendship.
Dec 16, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie W
Aug 30, 2012 Katie W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy

I'm not sure if this is going to be a trilogy or more, but it was definitely not your typical "bridge" book--middle book bridging together a great first and last in a trilogy. This book was action-packed and very creative, picking right up where the first one left off.

Michael and his electric friends are off on an adventure to find his mom and stop the evilness going on in their new world. What they discover is definitely not expected.

Some parts were a little on the disgusting side for me, but
Sarah Allred
Sep 22, 2014 Sarah Allred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
I'm not sure why but this book did not hold my attention the way the first one did. I frequently found myself putting it down right before action-filled parts.
Nick Thomas
Jan 15, 2013 Nick Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 29, 2016 Oddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was a great book and i hope the author keeps making more books because they are really easy and fun books to read!
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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 (6 books)
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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.” 6 likes
“Geography is my strong subject,” Ostin said. “Everything is your strong subject,” Taylor said.” 4 likes
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