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Rise of the Elgen

(Michael Vey #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  22,034 ratings  ·  1,860 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 allia
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms  (Book.Enchantress)
4 Golden Stars

OMG! what an ending!

🔽 the beginning was a bit slow (but cute) & in the middle was a bit boring.
🔼 in the end (not like 'the last page'. I mean the last 120 pages) everything was breathtaking!
& when it happened, I was like 'OMG, YESSSSS! FINALLY!' *internally screaming!*
I was going to give it 3 stars, but this ending, this much excitements, definitely deserved more.

Michael, I like you! you strong, badass, sarcastic (but less
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 rated it it was amazing
Intense, Gripping, Secrets, Twists & Turns! A Exciting Read! I Loved It! ...more
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
Michael and his friends are on the run from the Elgen corporation and Dr. Hatch. They figure out Michael's mother is being held as a prisoner in Peru and have a mysterious ally help them get there. We also learn more about the Elgen's plans for world domination; the Peru facility is one of the key components.

I am really enjoying this series. I am totally going to recommend it to my 5th and 7th grader to read for summer reading. It is action packed, the characters are all interesting, and I like
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was a little... worried, towards the end, but hey, it was a really good book overall and I enjoyed it!
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was just as good as the first. The stories tied together almost perfectly, and I couldn't stop reading it. In this book the Elgen are using electric rats to produce electricity at almost no cost. They plan to build plants all over the world and monopolize the power industry. Countries would have to obey their every command, or they would shut down their power. I'd recommend it to people who like Science Fiction, but you should probably read the first book first.
Aug 21, 2012 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 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
Aug 19, 2012 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
Leona  Petrovic
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
My review of book one that pretty much describe the whole series: ...more
Sara Buss
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is another great book by Richard Paul Evans that explains the dangerous life of Micheal vey who is electric. His mother gets kidnapped and he goes on a journey through Peru to try and find her. there are many dangers and challenges that face him and his friends.
Wayne Fielding
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent series
May 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
this book like genuinely traumatized me in seventh grade so i’m just adding it now to let you all know lol.
Valliya Rennell
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
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
Oct 12, 2016 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.
Jan 29, 2015 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.
Apr 22, 2016 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 ;-)
Jun 22, 2012 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 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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michael Vey and his electric friends (aka the Electroclan) have escaped from the Elgen's capture but they are still being hunted down. Michael’s powers amplified throughout the book. His leadership skills grew immensely when they were facing everything, from explosions and electric rats to missing family members and life-threatening missions.

When the adventure starts, Michael and his ragtag group of friends are trying to hide in their small home town in Idaho. They are attempting to regroup an
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I love about this book is how the author adds a lot of detail to picture the setting and what the characters look like. I also love this book because of the way the author expresses what the characters feel and it definitely adds a lot of details. What I also love about this book is that the author adds a lot of suspense and keeps all the audience on the edge of their seats. I love that this book is a series and throughout every book the plot thickens. I also love this book because it defin ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good enough, for what it is - commercial fiction aimed at youngsters in the early- to mid-teens. The flaws don't really hinder its intended purpose, which is to be entertaining enough to keep you turning one more page - and maybe even pick up the next book in the series once you've been hooked in. The textual equivalent of a summertime Hollywood special-effects action flick; characters will occasionally turn to the camera at the dramatic moment and say something cheesy that no actual person woul ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michael vey

Mason Barker

Wow I am very happy that my boy Ammon gave me this book, if you are looking for a book where the good guy would beat the bad guy, save his family and get the girl. This is the book for you. Anyway the character Michael vey is a very strong and brave, with all of the stuff that he takes on. He does not show that he is afraid or worried,but he does get emotional with Taylor and shows his more tender side to her. This book is outstanding with twists and turns like when Micha
Alex Reynolds
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May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Rise of the Elgen was not as good as the first one in my opinion, but I do plan on continuing with the series. I mean this one was left with so many unanswered questions. Who has Michael? Where is the rest of the group? Who was the "voice"? Also the idea of flesh eating rats is terrifying. Ugh! I really hope that's the end of them with the Elctroclan buring up the bowl. Speaking of burning up yhe bowl Ostin has really grown on me. He isnt as annoying as he was in the first book. Hopefully Zues a ...more
Eye of Sauron
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This second installment is actually better than the first; it's rather ingenious to have the Elgen use the electrified rats as an efficient power source to take over the world through the economy. Better than Hatch's plan to take the world by force.

Wait, that's still his plan? And that's his plan for ALL SEVEN BOOKS?

*virtual facepalm*

Yeah, nevermind. It's kinda entertaining though. When you can look past the clichés and absurdities. And when you're twelve years old.

*Side note: I realized when re
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book number 2 was about Michael going to Peru to save his mom because Dr.Hatch kidnapped his mom. so Michael, Taylor, Ostin, Jack, and Wade went to Peru to save Michael mom. Dr.Hatch has like 4 other kids that are like Michael and they help Hatch. In the middle of the book Michael finds out that Hatch has made these kind of electric rats, that eats prisoners. At the end Michael and his friends escape the island in Peru but Michael disappeared.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this book. I really do. The characters crack me up. But the writing is sooooo bad! If I hear the word "said" one more time in a convo, I may scream!!! I think the word said was used at least 15 times in 8 sentences. I like the story line. I have been listening to this in my car as I drive to and from work.
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