The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey, Book 1)
Richard Paul Evans
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.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans introduces a character whose risk-filled exploration marks the beginning of a riveting new series. With only his powers, his wits, and his friends to protect him, Michael will need all his strength to survive....
birthdays?” I ventured. “Exactly,” Taylor said. “That’s weird,” I said. “Statistically, an improbability,” Ostin said. “You two born at the same hospital nearly the same day with the similar mutant variation.” “Mutant variation?” I said. “For lack of a better term.” “Find a better term,” Taylor said. “I like power.” “Clearly,” Ostin said, loud enough for us to hear. “I mean the word power. We have similar powers.” She looked at Ostin. “I’m not a mutant.” “Technically,” Ostin said, “you
you. I suppose that’s how I felt about everything right now, as if something bad were circling me, just waiting to bite. I soon discovered that Ostin was feeling the same way. “Do you think Taylor’s safe?” he asked me. “I don’t know.” “Do you think we are?” “Not if she isn’t.” It was hard keeping my mind on the exhibits. The three of us wandered over by the electric eels. Electrophorus electricus are ugly creatures with pocked skin as if they’d all grown up with a bad case of acne. There
babies’ lives, Taylor?” Taylor swallowed. “Would you?” “Yes,” she said softly. “I thought so. You’re a good girl. I like that about you.” He leaned toward her. “We want to study you to see why you lived and they didn’t. You can help us learn what the difference is between your body and theirs. If we can isolate that factor, we can create electric children without endangering their lives. And you, Taylor, hold a very special key to that discovery—something that the other Glows can’t help us
you first.” “What do you mean, ‘kill me first’?” “Like I told you before, we’ve already lost four of you to cancer. That’s why I sent you in for the checkup. You’re going to need our help. The doctors out there can’t help you; they’ve never seen anyone like you before. There are no medical books on your condition. If you want to live to manhood, you had better stay close to us.” His words filled me with even greater fear. What had they found in my exam? Was I really dying? It was too big to
mother instead. A few days later I went to California with my best friend, Ostin Liss (he and I live in the same apartment building, and he’s one of the few people who knows about my powers), and a couple of kids from my school, Jack and Wade, to save Taylor and my mother. Things didn’t go so well. In the first place, Taylor was there but my mother wasn’t. Then we got caught. Jack and Wade were forced to be GPs, which is short for human guinea pigs, the name the Elgen give their prisoners they