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 that there are other kids with similar powers--and that someone, or something, is hunting them.
After Michael's mother is kidnapped, Michael will have to rely on his wits, his unique power, and his friends to combat the hunters, free his mother, and save the others.
I liked this book. It was a fun, quick read with lots of dialogue and interesting plot points. Evans has real skill for running gags that shift just before becoming old (like students calling Ostin 'Dallas' or 'Tex' because they can't remember his real name). And the way in which the seventeen superkids both get their power and exhibit their power was nicely plausible. I kind of didn't realize there were so many different ways electricity could affect a person.
Can you since that there is a "but"? There is. I just didn't think the story was very polished. It's almost too quick...the bad guys jump from bad to good to bad before you can really doubt their motives. The good guys band together so instantaneously that you have to wonder why they didn't get their act together sooner.
It was also a bit worrisome to me that the kids jumped into a kind of scary revenge mode. Some gleefully sprayed mace in unarmed guards faces, and others punished the bad guys with their worst nightmares. That's probably realistic, but....I don't like my heroes to lower themselves to villain's standards! Or if they do, I want it to be addressed and considered. But no, the revenge stuff was painted as giddy and good. It just made me cringe.
There's supposed to be a sequel, and while I enjoyed reading Michael Vey's story, I doubt I'll find out what happens next.
Three out of five surges.
Release Date: August 2011
Reading Level: Grade 6+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: YPL EVA