Michael Vey

Michael Vey

The Prisoner of Cell 25

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette's syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special--he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael's friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens--and through them, the world.
Publisher: New York : Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, 2011.
Edition: 1st Simon PulseMercury Ink hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451656503
Branch Call Number: YAF EVANS, RICHARD
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Prisoner of cell 25


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 21, 2020

Michael has had electric powers since he was little, but he keeps them a secret. Michael discovers that Taylor, a girl at his school, has powers too. He and Taylor set out to investigate why they have these powers and if there are more out there.

They find out that a machine malfunctioned at the hospital they were born in. Their research reveals their location to a powerful group that wants to control children gifted with these powers.

This electrifying book will leave you shocked and wanting more.

Dec 11, 2019

Book Review: Fourteen-year-old Michael Vey has a secret that only he, his mom and his best friend, Ostin, know. It’s a potentially deadly and shocking secret that must remain hidden at all costs: Michael has electric super powers, able to send out high-voltage shocks with just a touch. And since he is small for his age, tends to get picked on by bullies, stuffed in his locker and the like, it would come in really handy for self-defense. Unfortunately, he can’t tell anyone, so his gift is kind of useless, except for jumping the dead battery on his mom’s car. But then the bullies push him too far and he can’t help himself. Michael zaps the troublemakers, sending them smoking. The whole thing is witnessed by popular cheerleader Taylor Ridley, so the secret is out.
But Taylor doesn’t react how Michael fears. She’s not freaked or spreading rumors around school; instead, she is intently curious and wants to know more. The fact is, Taylor has similar super powers that she has never told anyone about either. She can “reboot” someone’s mind, making them forget what he is doing or saying. She can also read other’s thoughts through touch. Something weird is going on, and they are determined to find out the truth. Michael, Taylor and Ostin, who isn’t electric but happens to be incredibly super smart, form a club called the Electroclan and start doing some research.
What they discover shocks even them. A company by the name of Elgen was doing experiments in the hospital where Taylor and Michael were born. Seventeen children survived, all having different electric super powers. Now Elgen is collecting the kids with plans of starting a new, super race of people to rule the world. Taylor and Michael are the last ones on the list, and Elgen is coming to get them. Elgen will stop at nothing --- including kidnapping, torture, blackmail, even murder --- to get what they want.
Michael Vey is electrifyingly awesome. This new series from bestselling author Richard Paul Evans will thrill, shock, amaze and entertain male and female readers of all ages. Evans has a smooth, embracing writing style that oozes into one’s mind and latches on, pulsing with intrigue and never letting go. This fascinating adventure cleverly switches point of view from first person with Michael to third person with various other characters. Michael and his mother have a special relationship with each other, involving mutual respect and lots of love. Michael is very likable and real, suffering from both Tourette’s syndrome and being the unfortunate prey of the bullies. Ostin is admirably intelligent, though a bit socially awkward and also a prey of the bullies, though a loyal and trustworthy friend.
Evans jumps into some tough subjects like bullying and peer pressure with a realistic approach. He also has a sense of humor and a genuine connection to the target audience, proven with this quote from the book: “If you ask me, ninth grade is the armpit of life. And there I was in the very stinkiest part of that armpit. I would recommend this book to teenagers because it is a very exciting and action packed book that not only can relate to teens life’s but also keep people wondering what’s next.

Oct 26, 2019

this is a fabulous start to an even better series, Michael Vey puts a scientific twist on your classic super powers, fans of the more popular Percy Jackson series will love this book.

Jul 23, 2019

Such a fun, wholesome series for teens. The characters are lovable. No teens with terminal illness, no vampires. Action-packed fun.

Jul 17, 2018

This was probably one of the greatest books I have ever read!!!!

Jul 09, 2018

A very interesting concept for the series, and well-developed characters. Plenty of action, especially in the later books of the series.

LiteratureStudent Oct 16, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this super-powered adventure. You come to love the characters, and become a part of the journey they get swept up in.

Dec 03, 2016

It was okay, but not what I expected. Kind of superhero story, sort of coming of age tale. The real problem was the way Michael had kept his secret his whole life, and than just started telling everybody. It didn't make sense.

Oct 01, 2016

Wow a must read for everyone I mean everyone

Jul 17, 2016

It was pretty interesting. It's an awesome book and people out there should read it - if you don't... shame!

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Sep 30, 2019

Lienhoatn thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Aug 30, 2019

red_dog_17338 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 21, 2019

blue_badger_1974 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

May 27, 2018

green_cheetah_3915 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jan 14, 2018

blue_bird_3692 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Apr 06, 2016

Kate0804 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Aug 20, 2015

Fluffy10979 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Aug 05, 2015

goldbean thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Feb 19, 2015

black_panther_386 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

Oct 31, 2014

blue_cheetah_1726 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

View All Ages


Add a Summary
Jul 17, 2016

A kid named Michael has electrical powers. His mom and his friend get kidnapped. He has to save them with his other friend, Austin, and they have to break the two kidnapped people out of a school.


Add Notices
Sep 30, 2019

Other: Shocking scenes included. ;)


Add a Quote
Sep 30, 2019

"You don't really have to be smart to get good grades. Just good at doing what they tell you to do." (260)

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SMPL

To Top