Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey Series #2)

Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey Series #2)

by Richard Paul Evans


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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.

I rolled over to my back, struggling for breath. The pain continued to pulse through my body—a heavy throb followed by a sharp, crisp sting.
The man said, “Trust me, there are worse things in this world than Cell 25.”

Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan have escaped from the Elgen Academy in Pasadena and are headed back to Idaho to plan their next move. But what’s waiting for them there will change everything.

After using their wits and powers to narrowly escape an Elgen trap, a mysterious voice leads the Electroclan to the jungles of Peru in search of Michael’s mother. Once there, they discover that Dr. Hatch and the Elgen are far more powerful than anyone realizes; entire countries have begun to fall under their control. Only the Electroclan and an anonymous voice now stand in the way of the Elgen’s plan for global domination.

But is the voice that Michael is following really an ally, or is it just another Elgen trap?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442475106
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Michael Vey Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 335
Sales rank: 40,337
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty-five million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, five Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website RichardPaulEvans.com.


Salt Lake City, Utah

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1962

Place of Birth:

Salt Lake City, Utah


B.A., University of Utah, 1984

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In fifth grade my English teacher, Ms. Berg, was teaching about autobiographies and had us each write our life story on a single page of lined paper. I’m not sure which is more pathetic:

(a) That Ms. Berg thought our lives could be summed up on one page, or

(b) I could fill only half the page.

Let’s face it, in fifth grade you’re still kind of waiting for life to begin. Yeah, some of the kids had done cool things, like one had gone skydiving; another had been to Japan; and one girl’s father was a plumber and she got to be in her dad’s TV commercial waving a plunger, so she’s kind of famous—but that’s about as cool as it got. All I remember is that my autobiography was super lame. It went something like:

My name is Michael Vey, and I’m from a town you’ve never heard of—Meridian, Idaho. My father died when I was eight, and my mother and I have moved around a lot since then. I like to play video games. Also, I have Tourette’s syndrome. I’m not trying to be funny, I really do.

You probably know that Tourette’s makes some of us swear a lot, which would have made my story more interesting, or maybe got it banned, but I don’t swear with my Tourette’s. In my case, Tourette’s just means I have a lot of tics, like I blink, gulp, make faces, stuff like that. That’s about it. As far as life stories go, no one’s called to buy the movie rights.

They might if they knew my secret—the secret I’ve hidden for most of my life and the reason my mom and I keep having to move.

I’m electric. So are you, of course. That’s how your brain and muscles work. But the thing is, I have probably a thousand times more electricity than you. And it seems to be growing stronger. Have you ever rubbed your feet on a carpet, then shocked someone? Multiply that by a thousand and you’ll get an idea of what it’s like to be me. Or shocked by me. Fortunately, I’ve learned to control it.

I’m fifteen years old now and a lot has happened since the fifth grade. I kind of wish someone would ask me to write my life story now, because it would make a good movie. And it would take up way more than one page. This is how it would go:

My name is Michael Vey, and I’m more electric than an electric eel. I always thought I was the only one in the world like me, but I’m not. I just found out that there were originally seventeen of us. And the people who made us this way, the Elgen, are hunting us down. You might say we were an accident. The Elgen Corporation created a machine called the MEI (short for Magnetic Electron Induction), to be used for finding diseases and abnormalities in the body. Instead it created abnormalities—us.

My girlfriend, the way-out-of-my-league cheerleader with perfect brown eyes, Taylor Ridley, is also electric. I can shock people (I call it “pulsing”), but she can shock people’s brains and make them forget what they were doing (she calls it “rebooting”). She can also read minds, but she has to touch you to do it.

One month ago the Elgen, led by a scary dude named Dr. Hatch, found us. They kidnapped Taylor and tried to get me, too, but ended up with my mother instead. A few days later I went to California with my best friend, Ostin Liss (he and I live in the same apartment building, and he’s one of the few people who knows about my powers), and a couple of kids from my school, Jack and Wade, to save Taylor and my mother.

Things didn’t go so well. In the first place, Taylor was there but my mother wasn’t. Then we got caught. Jack and Wade were forced to be GPs, which is short for human guinea pigs, the name the Elgen give their prisoners they experiment on. Ostin and I were locked up too, though I was put in Cell 25, the place they put people to break their minds.

I managed to escape and rescue my friends. I was also able to rescue four of the other electric kids: Zeus, Ian, McKenna, and Abigail. They have some pretty cool powers too. Zeus can shoot lightning bolts, which is why he’s named after the Greek god. (But he can’t touch water without shocking himself, so he doesn’t bathe much—actually, never—so he kind of smells.)

Ian’s blind but he can see way better than any of us. He sees the same way sharks and electric eels do, through electrolocation—which means he can see things that are miles away, even through walls.

McKenna can create light and heat from any part of her body.

Abigail can take away pain by electrically stimulating nerve endings.

We also rescued Grace. She was one of the electric kids who were loyal to Hatch (who calls us Glows). I don’t know much about her other than that she can download things from computers and she downloaded all the information from the Elgen’s mainframe before we escaped. We’re hoping she has information on where the Elgen have taken my mother.

There are ten of us now (including our nonelectric friends Ostin, Jack, and Wade). We call ourselves the Electroclan.

There’s one more thing I would put in my autobiography, something that scares me but would make my story more interesting. I don’t know for sure, but I may be dying. Hatch told me that four of the electric children have already died of cancer caused by their electricity—and I have more electricity than any of them. I don’t know if it’s true because Hatch is a liar. I guess time will tell. In the meanwhile we’re headed back to my home in Meridian, Idaho, to figure out where my mother is and plan our next move.

Like I said, I think my story would make a pretty good movie so far. Maybe it will be one day. But not yet, because it’s not even close to being over. And I have a feeling that things are about to get a whole lot wilder.

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Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 265 reviews.
WildBillKerr More than 1 year ago
I bought a copy of Michael Vey: The Prisoner Of Cell 25 and read it in 2 days. I gave it to my wife to read and she read it in 1 day. Both my 8 year-old and 17 year-old sons have read book 1. Our whole family loves the Michael Vey books. I have finished book 2 Michael Vey: Rise Of The Elgen and it pains me to say it, "It is better than The Prisoner Of Cell 25!" I have bought multiple copies for each person in my family. My extended family and friends are reading Michael Vey. These books have started a conversation in my family and my kids are reading more and spending less time on video games. We like the books so much we started the Michael Vey Podcast and a fan site. I know you will love these books. I am a Veyniac, are you?
MichaelVey More than 1 year ago
Truly the best teen scifi I have ever read, Richard Paul Evans has a way of grasping the reader's attention without letting go. A must read for both teens and young adults.
Zazzy1 More than 1 year ago
I loved Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell Block 25. It was a tremendous book. I eagerly waited for the next installment which came out today. I have read it under 5 hours. I am blown away! Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen is an awesome book. I could not turn the pages fast enough. It is a gripping, exciting adventure every reader will enjoy!! Well done RPE.... can't wait for part three III!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for all ages. I orginally read the first book before giving it to my grandaughter who is 13. I was totally capatived from the first page. I gave it to my grandaughter (who is not an avid reader) and she loved it. I had to preorder the second book so I could read it as soon as it became available. My grandaught and I loved it as much as the first. Can't wait to see if another one will follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got it from the bookstore and finshed it the sameday it was that freaken Awesome! In this book the Electroclan learn more of what they can do with there powers, there are a lot of close calls, the plans they come up with are more risky, they get help from a mystery voice, they make discoverys that are completly shocking, and they are just Awesome! I say this is a MUST read! Pick it up today!!!!!!!!!!!!! But i must warn you about 2 things... you won't be able to stop reading it and you might be fusterated because Richard Paul Evans gives no clue as to shat the next book is called or when it is coming out, I even Googled it and nothing came up. There may be a name or somesort of clue around Christmas. You will not regreat getting this book because it is awesome... i finally understand why we all had to wait so long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a day and a half it was so good! It was filled with action, with something exciting happening every other moment. I think its as good as the first one, maybe better. The only part i didnt enjoy was when it ended. U will definitely not regret buying this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cliffhanger!!!! OMG!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone know when the third book comes out??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive always liked this series and it got even better in this book Its a reccomended read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the very first sentence to long after the last, Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen, book two of the epic Michael Vey series, certainly left me gripping the edge of my seat. Fast-paced and thrilling, the series takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions: the hope, the despair, the heart-pounding fear...along with a bright splash of occasional joy and relief. Each page never turned fast enough, and to me, my eyes and brain never read each word quickly enough. I was always reaching out for the answers to my questions- What are the Elgen's plans? What do they want with Michael? Will any of the members of the Electroclan make it out alive? Cannot wait for the next book. I am hungry for more, and still quite breathless from the journey Richard Paul Evans took me on during this book. Five stars. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yaaaaaaaaaaay i got the book. I dont even know what chapter im on. I think 30? Eho cares i got the book. Iv wated a whole year for this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be forever indebted to my friend for getting me into this series. It is one of the best works I have ever read, and cannot wait for the fifth one to come out! The second is my favorite so far, probably because of the general plotline, but the other books are still amazing. The characters are clear and original, with a fast-paced style to keep even the least avid reader entertained. I would recommend this series to people ages 11+, because of some blood and death, but it all depends on how you can stomach it. I love this series! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived the book but wade dies in the third book. I am so mad at that. I know he was mean in the first book but he had a harsh life. His family abandoded him and his gradma hit him many times. Plus people change and he neede a second chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it all in a week to easy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just finished the first book and am excited for the next literally jumping up in my seat right now the should make a movie for it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was FABOU so much fun to read I hope Tara turns good and she and Taylor spend therest of their lives together and Taylor and Mr.Vey kiss( :
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how he escaped the prison, but why get abducted by an african tribe with a man saying he wont be going home?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. Eveyone should read this book. Cant wait for the third book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first two books and they were awsome!! Is there goung to be a third book?? I need more michael vey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a goob book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book in the world
GeorgeScheide More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading how the group of electric kids figured out how to work their varying powers together. It's a very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!