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 four books and is planned to be a seven book series:
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
Michael Vey: The Hunt for Jade Dragon, released in 2014
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. Book 4 further reveals that Jack caught his father nearly beating Wade to death and gave him a No Holds Barred Beat Down.
Prisoner of Cell 25: Despite [[spoiler: shutting down the academy and making new allies in the form of Hatch's glows, Hatch got away and Michael's mother was in another Elgen compound.
Rise of the Elgen: Michael's mother is free and the Peruvian Plant is shut down, but Michael got separated from the group.
Battle of Ampere: The Electoclan sunk the Elgen's most powerful ship, but Hatch got away and they have to go to Taiwan to save another captive.
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.
Downer Ending: Hunt for Jade Dragon. Thanks to Tara's power to create illusions, Michael blabbed the location of the resistance's hideout. They learn at the end that the hideout has been attacked, and Michael and Taylor's mothers, Ostin's parents, Grace and Tanner, and the rest of the resistance is most likely dead.
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.
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 McKenna 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.