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  • Anticlimax Boss: The Elgen ends up being this in the final book. While Hatch getting quickly dealt with was understandable since he's a Non-Action Big Bad, Zara gets taken out after the reader only knew her for a few chapters, and Bryan and Kylee just disappear from the story for the climax.
  • Ass Pull: Book 6 reveals that Talyor can have psychic dreams. Granted, what her dreams show her are metaphors rather than straight up visions, but it still seems to serve the purpose of Five-Second Foreshadowing. Richard Paul Evans must have realized how absurd it was since it's never used again in book 7.
    • Zara. While her existence has been alluded too since she's the 17th Glow, she appears more than halfway into the final book.
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    • Is Nichelle a sadistic bitch, or does she have an inferiority complex from bullying? Her rant to Taylor about how cheerleaders are superficial and how they always reject unattractive girls, along with her anger when Ostin called her ugly, help reinforce the latter.
    • Wade: After he died, the Electroclan found a blog of his that revealed how much he cares for Jack that he never revealed out of fear of being seen as soft. Some believe this to be a sign of Wade being a closet homosexual who had an unrequited crush on Jack. Back when he was a bully, his favorite prank was pantsing people, especially boys, which does (or doesn't) help.
  • Complete Monster: Dr. Charles James Hatch, after learning about the electric children, which he calls "Glows," saw their potential to regain his position as Elgen CEO and more. He killed Zeus's family and made him think he did it to mold him into a ruthless killer. He held Tanner's brother hostage so that he could use his power to take down airborne planes to extort world leaders. After spending a good portion of the first book earning Taylor's trust, he shows his true colors when he orders her to use her power on a motocross biker while he's doing a dangerous stunt. He is very fond of the Sadistic Choice, like when he made Michael choose between killing Wade or seeing his mother again and making a lover of Chairman Schema's hang upside down until blood rushed to her head in his place. He takes Bad Boss to the extreme, as he has multiple underlings that failed him sent to the Rat Bowl, whether they be faceless mooks, close friends like Welch, or even his own Glows. After his invasion of Tuvalu is a success, he has the country's Prime Minister locked in a monkey cage and has his tongue removed to further mock him, which he later intends to do to Quentin after he saved Welch behind his back. At one point, he plans to eat Michael as a victory meal. He offers Taylor as a Sex Slave in exchange for him betraying the resistance. He successfully captures the Electroclan and forces them to watch people get eaten by the Electric Rats. With the help of Zara, he learns the location of the resistance and kills everyone but Sharon Vey, whom he uses as leverage against Carl Vey so that he could humiliate him one last time.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Ostin and McKenna were this, even before they became an Official Couple in the third book.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In the first book, we're made to believe that four of the glows died before the events of the series. However, the second and third books introduce Torstyn and Tessa, and the fifth book introduces Cassy, who Hatch allegedly never knew about, giving us one more that has yet to have been introduced. The book handwaves it by saying that Hatch was just lying, but what did he have to gain from it? Well, maybe he was talking about Ian, McKenna, Abigail, and Tessa, whom have betrayed him in the past. In other words, they were dead to him.
    • Although even with Cassie there's still one more Glow unaccounted for, but the comparison is still a good one.
  • Fridge Horror: Torstyn is a remorseless psychopath who enjoys using his powers For the Evulz. Hatch making him The Dragon makes sense.
    • J.D. requesting to Hatch that he keeps Taylor as a pet. Considering that he flirted her earlier in the book, it's obvious that he wanted to keep her as a sex slave.
  • Growing the Beard: The Battle of the Ampere was probably when the series really started to shine.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the first book, when Jack requested that Wade joins him, Michael, and Ostin, Ostin is clearly against it considering their history together. He then comments that if he saw him in a shark tank, he would dump a bucket of chum on him. As funny as that was, it becomes depressing when not only Wade died in the third book, but Ostin clearly showed grief for it.
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    • A less comedic example was how Wade said he would risk his life for Michael and his mother.
      • And then Jack says the same thing in the sixth book.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first book, Taylor scolds Ostin for calling her and Michael "mutants" in reference to their powers. In context, it was simply because Taylor didn't like being called a mutant. However, when you consider the legal complications the Marvel Cinematic Universe had by replacing Mutants with Inhumans, it looks more like Taylor was worried about something else.
  • Ho Yay: Jack and Wade's relationship. While Jack is clearly straight, Wade's sexuality is more questionable.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Jack and Wade. Wade especially dealing with both Abusive Parents and Grandparents.
    • Zeus. Because of his powers, he can't get near water without electrocuting himself. This makes him avoid bathing, which he is sensitive about.
    • Nichelle. She was either abandoned by her parents or orphaned, having been through many foster homes. The Elgen made her feel like she had a purpose in life until Hatch abandoned her.
    • Quentin in Storm of Lightning. His loyalty to Hatch is thrown out the window when he finds out that he ordered the execution of EGG Welch, who he bonded with in the Academy like a father. He manages to get him out before his execution and seemingly covered his tracks. Hatch rewarded him for being his Yes Man by making the king of the newly conquered Tuvalu, and all seems to go well for him. Then Hatch finds out that Quentin was behind Welch's escape and subjects him to a Fate Worse than Death while he prepares to have Torstyn and Tara executed for helping him.
  • Memetic Molester: Dr. Hatch has quiet a few traits that would give you the impression that he's a pedophile. He stalks kids and abducts them. He treats them like adults and showers them with gifts, but because he wants something from them. Not helped is when he tells Michael that he's an admirer of his in their first meeting.
    • J.D., who not only flirts with Taylor, but also requested that Hatch let him keep her as a "pet." Because this is a young adult series, don't think too hard what Richard Paul Evans meant by it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dr. Hatch crosses it at least once a book.
    • Prisoner of Cell 25: He forces Michael to kill Wade in exchange for his mother's safety. When he refuses, he subjects Michael to nearly a month worth of torture in Cell 25. After his torture ends, he orders Zeus to kill him, Taylor, and Ostin.
    • Rise of the Elgen: After Tanner's sedatives wear off, he attempts to take down the plane Hatch and the other Glows were on. Even after preventing the crash, he orders the guard that was looking after Tanner to be sent to the bowl where he could be devoured by electric rats.
    • Battle of the Ampere: After Hatch manages to usurp the Elgen executives, he has Chairman Schema hung upside down. A female board member, who had romantic feelings towards Schema, is given a Sadistic Choice to be hung in his place. Next time we see them, she has died from having blood rushed to her head.
    • Hunt for Jade Dragon: Using Tara's illusion ability (and later revealed in book 5, trailing Taylor's mother), Hatch finds the hidden base of the resistance and has an air-strike set it ablaze. Book 5 reveals that everybody survived and that they only lied about nobody surviving in the message in-case the Elgen were listening on their conversation, but Hatch didn't know that.
    • Storm of Lightning: The book opens with him ordering EGG Welch to be sent to the Bowl. When Quentin, who had a close relationship with Welch, finds out, he manages to break him out with the help of Torstyn and Tara. When Hatch finds out that Quentin betrayed him, he orders Tara and Torstyn to be executed while he subjects Quentin to a Fate Worse than Death where he is locked in a cage with his tongue removed.
    • Fall of Hades: Makes it perfectly clear to his subordinates and all who make contact with the Elgen that because he sees Michael as his rival, he intends to ''eat him''.
    • The Peruvian Government crosses it when they have the Amacarra Tribe executed for harboring Michael and Tessa. This hits Tessa pretty hard since they raised her like a family.
    • Torstyn is a remorseless sadist. However, his acts have been a case of Offscreen Villainy (like killing animals in the jungle with his powers for fun). That changes in The Hunt For Jade Dragon when he used his powers on a punk that insulted him at a shopping mall. Even the rest of Hatch's followers, who were just using their powers for acts of Jerkassery, had to beg him to stop.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Getting sent to the Bowl. The electric rats will devour whoever is in it until all that's left of them is bones.
    • Cell 25.
    • Torstyn and Nichelle's powers.
    • The trailer for Book 6. The trailers for the first five books were narrated by Michael and gave us small glimpses of what to expect. However, the trailer for Fall of Hades just has Hatch standing in a dark room going over all of the times Michael has thwarted him. He then ends the trailer by declaring to feast on Michael's flesh after he defeats him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Mitchell, Jack and Wade's friend, only appeared in the first two books, and we don't even see his reaction to Wade's death.
    • In the final book, the Electroclan, save for Jack and Ostin, aren't given a moment to shine.
    • Zara. With her being the 17th Glow and having a pretty threatening power, more would have been done with her character. However, she's introduced late in the series (more than halfway into the final book), and gets gets quickly dealt with by Michael.
    • Torstyn as an antagonist. Despite being built up as Hatch's Ax-Crazy Dragon, he ends up having a Heel–Face Turn by the 6th book.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Some considered Wade to be the blandest and most unnecessary character. However, the third book rescues him after he dies taking a bullet for Jack, and then we later learn more about his character during his posthumous birthday party.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The primary Aesop for this series is that it's okay to be different. It helps that the message isn't hammered in.
    • The Elgen's invasion of the poorly-armed nation of Tuvalu. While it's all well and good to be a non-violent country, you still need to be able to fight back if nobody else can help you.
  • Spiritual Licensee: This series can easily be compared to the Infamous series. Both have a protagonist with Electrical powers that develop throughout the course of the series (Michael and Cole), said protagonist's best friend is a chubby Badass Normal who acts as The Smart Guy of the group (Ostin and Zeke), and one of the antagonists is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who is a Boomerang Bigot (Hatch and Bertrand). If you throw Michael's Power Parasite capabilities, you could also compare him to Delsin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After one chapter in the final book, Bryan and Kylee disappear from the story.


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