Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
I heard a talk show host talk about this book being the next great "Harry Potter". I loved Harry Potter so I was anxious to get this book. I was captivated by the story. I enjoyed reading it, but I don't think it is the next great book like Harry Potter. First off, we have a boy living with his mother who finds himself in trouble at school a lot. His only friend is a really smart kid and then he meets up with the all popular cheerleader. (Interesting how the cheerleader is always the one that the boys want) In this book, we find that these children have special capabilities that evil people want to exploit. Does this sound like X-Men? Yup, it is very much the same story line. The book has some syrupy sweetness going on how the 'good' kids value home, family, and wrestle with the idea of worldly values: being able to buy anything you want and having no regard for people with no abilities or realizing that hurting others is just plain wrong. The problem is that this premise that the 'good' kids felt was a little overlooked when it came time for them to break out of the Elgen Academy and hurt those that had hurt them. The bad people are really cruel in this book. They kill family members, kidnap them to force the glows (the gifted children)to do their dirty work, and they manipulate these children by giving them great worldly goods and make them feel like they were ungrateful if they didn't do what was asked. A lot of mind playing tricks. They get away in the end and Michael's mother is still missing, so the book will continue and we as readers want Michael to succeed because he seems like the good guy. What will he do with his powers? Will he turn bad like the other children? Will he be able to find his mom before she is killed? The book is interesting enough to want to read the sequel, but the writing is not as good as Harry Potter.
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