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Michael Vey : the prisoner of cell 25
Richard Paul Evans
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(The Christmas Box) enters the YA market with this fast-paced, if predictable tale of a teenager with superpowers and the conspiracy that created him. Years ago, a medical equipment accident killed dozens of newborns and left 17 of them with assorted "electrical powers." In present-day Idaho, 14-year-old misfit Michael Vey, who can create electricity and has Tourette's syndrome, is one of the last two living outside of Pasadena. Coincidentally, the other "electric child" is Michael's crush, cute cheerleader, Taylor who is able to mentally "reset" people's brains. When a mysterious organization called Elgen kidnaps Taylor as well as Michael's mother, Michael, his best friend Ostin, and a pair of school bullies venture on a cross-country trip to rescue them. Taylor, meanwhile, learns that Elgen is just as dastardly an organization as she'd feared. Evans delivers a pair of believable lead characters--Taylor has wits and personal integrity, while Michael's Tourette's syndrome, coupled with an emotional jolt from his past, adds dimension--but generic dialogue and lackluster villains result in a by-the-numbers thriller. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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main characters Michael Vey
Age: 14
Father passed away when he was eight years old; suffers from Tourette's Syndrome; has special electric powers; able to shock people through direct contact or conduction; searching for why he has powers; becomes friends with two girls who share the same electric powers; mother gets kidnapped.

Taylor Ridley
Tara's twin sister; cheerleader; has electric powers like Michael; able to temporarily cause confusion in people's brains; able to read people's minds when touching them.

Tara Ridley
Taylor's twin sister; has electric powers like Michael; able to disrupt normal electronic brain function.

Ostin Liss
Michael's best friend.

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