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Literature: Michael Vey
Looks like an Electrifying read, doesn't it?
A young adult series by Richard Paul Evans, Michael Vey is the story of a teenage boy who has the unusual ability to generate and channel electricity. Michael gradually discovers others who have powers similar to him, as well as a mysterious organization determined to hunt them down.

  • The series so far consists of three books:
    • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, released in 2011.
    • Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen, released in 2012
    • Michael Vey: Battle of Ampere, released in 2013

The Prisoner of Cell 25 is the first book published by Glenn Beck under his Mercury Ink imprint. They even made a trailer, produced as if it were a movie.

This series provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Wade's parents walked out on him and forced him to live with his grandmother, who not only beat Wade on a regular basis, but also played victim when he dared to stand up to her.
  • Action Girl: Mc Kenna, Abi and Taylor.
  • Action Girlfriend: Taylor is this to Michael
    • Mc Kenna to Ostin.
  • Action Survivor: Averted to all hell with Jack, played straight with Wade.
  • Adults Are Useless: Strangely averted and played straight in Book 2. Michael's mother isn't useless she's just been captured however the endless amounts of Mooks Hatch has however...
  • Alpha Bitch: Tara.
  • Aerith and Bob: Played with. It is implied Ostin's mother spelled his name that way because she didn't know how to spell it the other way.
  • Adorkable: Michael and Ostin.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Mc Kenna, who seems to be the only one legitimately interested when Ostin spouts trivia about certain subjects.
  • Ax-Crazy: Nichelle.
    • Torstyn. Dear God Torstyn.
  • Bad Ass: Every member of the Electroclan.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT talk about Michael's mother negatively in front of him.
    • Mentioning Zeus's odor probably isn't a good idea either.
  • Big Eater: According to the website Bryan is implied to be this.
    • A strange subversion with Ostin. He's implied to be a big eater yet turns down food at almost every chance in the novels.
  • The Big Guy: Jack for the Electroclan and Torstyn for the Elgen.
  • Big Bad: Hatch.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the end of Book 2. why is an Amazonian tribe in Peru speaking Mandarin Chinese?
  • Blessed with Suck: Zeus possesses such strong electric discharge powers that any contact with water hurts him. As a result, he is unable to swim or even bathe. Several characters comment on the effect this has on his odor.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Jack hands down.
  • Book Worm: Ostin.
  • Break the Cutie: Taylor through the second half of the first book.
    • Michael and Ostin too.
  • The Bully: Jack, Wade and Mitchell were this until their Heel-Face Turn
  • Cain and Abel: Tara and Taylor
  • Cliff Hanger: Book 2 ends with Michael getting separated from the group and being taken in by a strange tribe who tells him he's not going home.
    • The third one ends with the Electorclan learning about a Chinese girl with knowledge on the Electric powers getting abducted by the Elgen.
  • Character Tics: Michael gulps or blinks rapidly when he is stressed. Taylor and later Jack use this to know when he's upset.
  • Character Development: Mc Kenna, Abi, Ian, Jack and Wade get hit with this hard.
  • Comes Great Perks: The organization that originally created the electric children gives them anything they ask for, so long as they do what they're asked.
  • The Ditz: Abigail has moments of this in book 2. Bryan is this trope embodied.
    • Deconstructed as of Book 2. The other children like Bryan, they just think he's an idiot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Michael on occasion; Taylor and her twin sister Tara.
    • As of Book 2 Jack fits into this category as well.
  • Disability Superpower: Ian fits under this quite nicely.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Book 1 Jack and Wade were basically the same person with different names. Flash forward to Book 2 where Jack is a Boisterous Bruiser and Bad Ass while Wade gradually becomes the Lovable Coward.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted with Michael.
  • Evil Twin: Tara is this to Taylor.
  • Fat Bastard: Averted with Ostin.
  • Fat Idiot: Averted with Ostin again.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Early in the first book, Jack was smoking a cigarette when he confronted Michael. However, after joining the Electroclan, he hasn't been mentioned smoking since.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: How Michael and the other kids got their powers
  • Heroic BSOD: Ostin after he lets Michael stay behind
    • Jack after Wade died. Ian to a lesser extent because he didn't sense Wade's killer coming.
  • The Hero: Michael.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Several, among them the school bully, who goes so far as to give Michael a ride across the country and Zeus, one of the enforcers for the evil organization.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Michael and Ostin, Jack and Wade, and Mc Kenna and Abigail.
  • Hollywood Tourette's: Averted. The main character's Tourette's syndrome manifests itself in non-verbal tics, usually uncontrollable gulping and blinking. The usual portrayal of persons with Tourette's is discussed in the narration.
  • I Have Your Mother: Dr Hatch has Michael's mother kidnapped in order to lure him to Elgen headquarters.
  • Impersonating the Evil Twin: Inverted. Tara tries to impersonate Taylor and fails.
  • Jerk Ass: Nichelle and Dr. Hatch.
  • Killed Off for Real: Wade.
  • Lack of Empathy: Nichelle to an extreme degree.
    • Scratch that Torstyn to a horrifying degree.
  • The Load: Wade doesn't really do much...
    • Grace to the point of where the Voice takes her with him as to not slow down the Electroclan.
  • Lovable Coward: Wade.
  • Love Triangle: Inverted with Zeus, Jack and Abi, after seeing this could cause complications Jack decides that in the end it's really Abi's choice.
    • Even though it is heavily implied that Abi will choose Zeus
      • And then Battle of Ampere reveals that her and Zeus are only friends and that she chooses Jack.
    • Tessa was a Romantic False Lead for Michael. However, she never outright stated she was interested in Michael. The only Ship Tease they had was when they pretended to be a couple to act as tourists. We also learn that she used to date Zeus and is jealous that he flirts with Abigail.
  • Official Couple: Michael and Taylor in book 1, Ostin and Mc Kenna in book 2, and Abi and Jack in book 3.
  • Parental Abandonment: Wade's parents walked out on him so he could live with his abusive grandmother. Taylor and Tara's mother put them up for adoption because she gave birth to them when she was young.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Mc Kenna and Abigail are both this to Ian.
  • Rich Bitch: Tara.
  • Room 101: The Eponymous Cell 25.
  • Separated at Birth: Identical twins Taylor and Tara meet for the first time when the former is brought to Elgan headquarters.
  • Ship Tease: Ostin and Mc Kenna as well as Jack and Abi.
    • Or Zeus and Abi
  • Shock and Awe: Michael and Zeus, though only the latter can project lightning. Michael is limited to shocking things he can touch until book 2, when he gains the ability to throw ball lightning.
  • The Smart Guy: Ostin again.
  • The Sociopath: Nichelle.
    • Torstyn as well fits under this.
  • Team Mom: Abby.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ostin throughout the entirety of Book 2.
    • Special mention goes to Mc Kenna who learns to weaponize her power.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Jack and Zeus.
    • Ostin and Taylor always bickered in the first book. Later on, we learn that she was jealous of Ostin's intellect.
  • What the Hell, Hero??: Ostin gets this from Taylor after he leaves Michael.

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alternative title(s): Michael Vey; The Prisoner Of Cell 25
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