Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans (2011)

Genre: Science Fiction
Interest level: 12-18
Michael VeyProlific bestselling author Richard Evans has turned his pen to the YA market with this first in a new series, The Electric Children. Michael Vey is 15, has Tourette’s syndrome, and the ability to shock others with a touch. His mother has repeatedly told him to keep it secret, but bullying classmates push him past his limit and he “surges.” The beautiful Taylor witnesses the incident, and insists Michael reveal his talent. To his astonishment, Taylor is keeping a similar secret, and they share a remarkably similar past. In trying to discover the origin of their power, Michael, Taylor and the brilliant Ostin embark on a dangerous journey that leads only to more questions and puts loved ones in danger. It’s a fun thrill ride, and while somewhat formulaic, the plot is more sophisticated than one might expect. A good addition to the YA mystery and science fiction genres.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11337912-michael-vey


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