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The Prisoner of Cell 25

(Michael Vey #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  31,603 ratings  ·  4,477 reviews
My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

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Hardcover, 326 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink (first published August 1st 2011)
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Lorraine I think your question was pretty much answered, but I just wanted to add that my 10 yr old's teacher just finished playing the audio book version of…moreI think your question was pretty much answered, but I just wanted to add that my 10 yr old's teacher just finished playing the audio book version of this book for his 5th grade class. This is the first I heard of this book, and my son (who hates to read) liked it so much that he wanted to get it out from the library. He has listened to the CDs so many times in the past month. He had me listen to it also, and it was a really good book. He now wants to get the rest of the books in this series! Did you wind up reading it?(less)
Lloyd Its close to the Alex Rider and the Jason Steed series, but Michael is American and has powers. He is not really a spy like Alex or Jason.

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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Oh, why why why why why why why why WHY did I read this horrible, cliche-ridden book? So I can give a bad review of it, that's why!


So, in brief, this book is about Michael Vey, a teenager that has electrical powers. Here's the cliche part: Michael Vey is a scrawny teen that's constantly bullied, his best friend's a nerdy loser, and the main girl in the story is the most popular and prettiest girl in school. Oh, she's also a cheerleader.

Michael soon finds out that Taylor, aka 'most popular and
Chris Horsefield
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans, is a fun fantasy with lots of funny and yes, stupid humor too. It is not like the Alex Rider or Jason Steed series and maybe not quite as good. The story lacks the emotion from the Jason Steed novels and the skill of Anthony Horowitz on the Alex Rider series. It is about Michael and his best friend Ostin. Ostin has his name because his mother mistakenly misspelled Austin, as in the Texas city Austin.
Michael was born with powers that ar
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was asked by Left Bank Books to check out this book. Man, I'm glad they pointed it out to me. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 was an unexpectedly good read for me. I actually didn't read too much about the book, so all I knew going in was that it vaguely had to do with super powers.

Michael Vey seems to be an ordinary 14 year old, but we find out in the first chapter that he has a hidden power. To make matters worse, he has Tourette's, which makes him have the unfortunate habit of saying t
Elise (TheBookishActress)
so I actually really liked this book as a kid but the author has been accused by several authors [including Ally Condie and Shannon Hale] of sexual harassment and assault, and made some VERY shady comments about “men’s rights” which you can find via your local Google machine! so yeah, getting a No from me.
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)
4 Golden Stars

✓ Again, another series with main character name as title!
✓ which I fell in love with the main character!
(Déjà vu of my TOP favourite series!)
✓ many lovable & realistic characters!
✓ awesome thrilling plot in our world, with enough realistic amount of fun.
✓ added to my favourite series (Golden stars)

I totally enjoyed that.
Written style: ★★★★/5
it was mostly in first person view, but yaaaay! I loved it! he was one funny & cute narrator!
plot & events: ★★★★/5
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Oh man! Everything, just everything about this has me tingling up and down from excitement. The Michael Vey series is one of my favorite summer reads and I'm so upset that I have to wait for the sequel. But hey, the wait is worth it!

I know people are saying that this book could be the next "Harry Potter" but I think it shouldn't be compared to Harry Potter, not dissing Michael Vey but this story and Harry Potter are great in their own w
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
It started off so well. Cliché, yes; too much like Percy Jackson, yes. But it had potential.

Too bad the characters couldn't pull it off.

YA romance is filled with female MCs who have little to no personality - a vessel into which girls and women can project themselves for a vicarious romantic fling. Though for some reason it's never been quite as annoying, I've noticed that many male MCs are beginning to have this characteristic, as well, as a vessel for a vicarious adventurous fling. The only re
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
I am clearly not the target audience for this (since I'm not a middle/high-grades boy), yet I still found it sufficiently compelling. If I had a middle/high-grades son, this would top the list of books I'd want him to read.

The MC is of lower socio-economic status and has a mental disorder (Tourette's) that is not brushed aside as a cute quirk. Well done, author!
There are multiple secondary (eh, maybe tertiary) characters of color, which is a step in the right direction, although some of the nam
Amy S
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
The Michael Vey books have been hailed as the next Harry Potter or Hunger Games series. Let me spare you the suspense: they're not. But that doesn't mean that it wasn't good. I think if I were a middle schooler, especially a boy, I would eat these up. They are quick, unique, vampire and werewolf-free, and completely clean. But for me as an adult, I wouldn't say I felt like I HAD to get back and finish it.

I feel like he has a unique and fresh take on a suspenseful YA novel, fun characters, and g
 Lorien Rhys ~ Live for tomorrow
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!! Shall I continue? This book is absolutely, positively. . . marvelous!

Haha! Yes, that gif needs to be here too. But seriously, the story, the characters, the writing style. . . it's just all so amazing and brilliant!

You know, since I kind of hate books with a first person writing to it, I tend to stay away simply because my experience with first person main characters has not been well. They're too cocky and seem to know better than ev
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-young-adult
Story Description:

“My name is Michael Vey and there’s something you don’t know about me, something that scares people more than you would believe. It’s my secret – and it’s part of the story I’m about to tell you.”

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is just your average, ordinary fourteen-year-old. But Michael is anything but ordinary – in fact, he is electric.

When Michael’s best friends, Ostin Liss and cheerleader Taylor Ridley, make an accidental discovery, the three of them learn
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've had both adults and teens recommend this book to me, so I ordered a copy for the library. I really want to give this book 5 stars, but I just can't. Where, oh where, was your editor Mr. Evans? He/She should have really caught some of the flat dialogue in the first part of the book.

You see, I have this thing that I dislike with some books. If the writing seems to stop a smooth flow, my brain gives a little "hitch" (for lack of a better word). In other words, my brain jerks a little bit, and
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Paul Evans ruined Christmas for me one year. I sat in the corner of the living room, reading The Christmas Box and cried. In fact, I was in a rather obsessive mood and considered how it would look if I disappeared for a couple of hours and drove to the cemetery to see if the grave marker really existed. How much of this story was true? Then I calmed down enough to just be ticked off at him for making me cry. I hate contrived tragedies which is why I never watch Little House on the Prairi ...more
Evan Snyder
Sep 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was recommended to me as something fun to read. I thought it was horrible.

The story included just about every stereotypical bad high school story plot point *spoilers below* - Michael gets stuffed in lockers by big bad mean bullies and the principal won't help him; he had a big crush on the prettiest cheerleader, who, voila, happens to also have special electric powers; his best friend/sidekick is a fat and socially inept genius kid; in the course of the adventure, he ends up befriendi
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was amazed at how awful this book was. If you're reading this, I'll assume that you know the plot, either from the handy synopsis up top or from reading the book yourself, so I'll just go on.
Evans took a pretty cool idea- kids with electricity-related powers- and ruined it via poor writing and flat characterization. No matter what Vey was doing, the writing did not change. Kissing his longtime crush? Being tortured? Fighting to the death? This is what he sounded like. It was the written equiv
Emily Coleman
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think that your reaction to the summary of this book will be the best judge of whether or not you are going to like this novel. As I was first reading it, phrases like "It's my story," "but Michael is anything but ordinary," and "Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers and friends if he's to survive," stuck out at me. Not in a good way. In fact the whole summary screamed, "I'm an ordinary book." And it was.

Richard Paul Evans has written many best-selling novels for adults, and this is hi
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ugh, got to about the last 75 pages and just didn't really care. So much the all action, no depth of I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore and the just-one-damn-thing after another of The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner and just a comic book mentality of evil empires.

Okay, so it's not subtle. I'm usually pretty good at "boy books"--even liked The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner but not Lockdown (Escape From Furnace, #1) by Alexander Gordon Smith. Like in this one: it just seemed so much for the game-obsessed and short-attention span, I-want-to-read-a-movie, not-think set of 12-15 year olds that I just couldn't find my inner tween-teen boy, even though I l
John Thompson
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I held off writing a review of this book because, well, if you can't say anything good, don't say anything at all, right? Well, bullshit. I very much wanted to like this book, and the fact that I wanted to like it made me give it 3 stars when I might have given 2. My problem wasn't so much the main character, who is a guy we've all seen before but whose lack of originality I can get over. My problem is the villains. The head bad guy comes straight from Austin Powers' Dr. Evil, but he's not funny ...more
Colleen Houck
What an awful, horrible villain! Love the whole idea of electric powers and the wide variety of abilities the kids display. Really cool stuff. Really like Michael as the hero. He's relate-able. I could easily imagine him as my brother. His best friend is awesome too.
Winter Sophia Rose
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, Addictive, Funny & Exciting! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Erin O'Connor {If The Review Fits}
This was pretty good, just a bit childish. I should have read it when I was younger and would have liked it better. It really reminded me of Percy Jackson
Luke Hicks
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of my all-time favorite books I have ever read. On a scale from one to ten I would rate it a nine. One of the things I loved about the book was how descriptive Richard Paul Evans was. Every scene I could paint a picture in my head with every movement of the characters to the setting behind them. My favorite part was when they over-ran the Elgen Academy and let the prisoners go. With Richard Paul Evens descriptive words I could see the whole thing happen in my head. Another thin ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this book there was a day when 17 electric children were born. They were all separated and raised as normal children. There are 2 electric children that live in the same city in Idaho. There is a man in LA California, named Hatch, who is trying to gather all the electric children and take over the world. Micheal and Taylor are trying to escape from Hatch and release the rest of the children. Hatch and his apprentices go to Idaho and kidnap Micheal's mom, and Taylor Ridley. Micheal and his bes ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Wow. The first part of this book was absolutely horrible. It seemed like the author was trying to be really cool, and instead it was a collection of the worst similes, metaphors, writings, and genuinely unfunny jokes EVER. All the characters were so freaking stereotypical, you probably could have made them cardboard cutouts and I wouldn't have noticed the difference. Every line, every trick in the book was played, making this very uninteresting. And while I was reading, I was strongly reminded o ...more
De'Siree Fairley
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a good start to a series, I haven't read a sci-fi book in SO.LONG! And I'm glad I read this one! The best part about this story has to be that all the kids' powers are unique but related specifically to electricity. I picked up this series because the synopsis reminded me loosely of the Gone series, but even in the Gone series the children had a variety of powers. I think having it focused on electricity made it even more unique in a way.
I absolutely adored the clumsy side romance bet
Eric Boot
Wat een geweldig science-fiction verhaal! Ik heb er echt van genoten! Een minpunt is dat soms alles te makkelijk lijkt te gaan, en het verhaal wordt daardoor een beetje onwaarschijnlijk.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: childrens-lit
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Gina G
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: Middle School
Reading level: 550L
Genre: Fiction Mystery/Adventure
Main Characters: Michael, Taylor, Ostin, Dr.Hatch
Setting: Elgen Academy in Pasadena California & Idaho
POV: 1st person

Michael Vey is a different kid from any other kid. He has electric powers, that only is mom and best friend, Ostin, knows about. He acts like an ordinary kid. One day during science class, his teacher gets mad at him. The most popular girl in the school, Taylor Ridley, reboots the science tea
SeAn CaRrOlL
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had seen many of my classmates reading the Michael Vey series, and I had always wondered why it was so popular. However, as soon as I started reading it I understood the excitement. It is an action-packed book with a great story line. The author makes you connect with the narrator, making your hate for his enemies greater. This book keeps you wanting to read "one more chapter", and before you know it you're done with the book. Michael Vey was a nicely written book, and I would recommend it to ...more
Tyler H.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing my third time reading it and it's just like picking it up for the first time!
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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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“Mr. Vey, you cannot be stuffed into a locker without your consent." Dallstrom said, which may be the dumbest thing ever said in a school. "You should have resisted. That's like blaming someone who was struck by lightning for getting in the way.” 52 likes
“If you passed me walking home from school, you probably wouldn't even notice me. That's because I'm just a kid like you.
I go to school like you. I get bullied like you. Unlike you, I live in Idaho.
Don't ask me what state Idaho is in––news flash––Idaho IS a state.

~Michael Vey”
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