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Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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Back to a series review! Today we will focusing on the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans. Definitely a science fiction book, Evans tells the story of Michael Vey, a teenage guy with tourette’s syndrome. The sequel, out now, is called Michael Vey: Rise of Elgen. The third Michael Vey book is too be released sometime this year.

Michael and his best friend Ostin get bullied by three guys named Jack, Mitchell, and Wade. To protect himself, Micheal uses his secret ability and shocks the bullies, knocking them down. A girl named Taylor sees this and reveals to Michael she has a power too. She can “reboot” someone’s memory and read their mind by touching them. Both of them receive scholarships from a mysterious Elgen Academy, but upon Michael telling his mom, she freaks out. As they leave the resturaunt they were in, Michael is confronted by a man named Dr. Hatch and two kids. Michael is then knocked out, his mother is kidnapped, and Taylor is taken captive. As Michael recruits the bullies and Ostin to help him rescue Taylor and his mother, they all get captured themselves. Trapped within Elgen Academy, Taylor and Michael realize there’s darkness within its walls. Resistance leads to torture. Michael learns things about Dr. Hatch and his company that really twists things around.

Michael Vey is a true science fiction book that has kids with abilities, prison cells that manipulate you through your biggest fears, and evil scientists. The book has amazing characters and the hero aspect of the story where Michael tries to rescue his friends multiple times keeps the reader on edge. Dr. Hatch is truly a devious, evil character that you hate but love at the same time. Its suspenceful and you root for Michael and his friends the entire time.

Anyone who likes this series would like the book False Memory or the Percy Jackson series.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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I will be covering The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The next book to be released October 29th will be named Never Fade.

The book main character is named Ruby. She is 16 years old and survived a plague that killed almost all the kids in America. Every child that survived it including her develop abilities that created fear in the adult community. In an attempt to contain the kids, concentration camps are created all over the nation. These “camps” are a nightmare for the kids because there’s experimentation, torture and murder. Ruby has spent 6 years in the camp hiding because her ability is dangerous, and others like her don’t stay long in camp. When the truth comes out about her ability, she is offered an escape she can’t resist. Though once outside, Ruby realizes her rescuers may not be the right people to be with. She escapes them as well and meets up with a group of other escapees hiding in a van. They take her into their group and continue their search for the kid refuge called East River. Once they arrive, things aren’t as they seem. Love is found, battle ensues, and an ultimate sacrifice is made by one of the characters.

The Darkest Minds is a suspenseful, apocalyptic novel that paints a darker picture of America after a disease strikes. The characters including Ruby and her group of friends have a great dynamic that leads them to succeed throughout the novel. Ruby especially was interesting to learn about because of her fear of herself and her ability. It’s interesting to think about how powerful she is but see how much she considers herself a monster. The constant struggle between the kids and the people trying to stop them is intense and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

I recommend the Gone series by Michael Grant and the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans to anyone who likes this book!

Hope you enjoyed! 🙂

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