Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Despite Michael Vey’s apparent death at the battle of Hades, Michael’s girlfriend, Taylor, seems to be haunted by his ghost. Dr. Hatch is still alive and captures the Electroclan. Austin and Jack escape while the bulk of the Electroclan is interrogated in Elgen-controlled Tuvalu. Meanwhile, Jack and Austin find citizens of Tuvalu who want to free their people from Elgen control. Through the guidance of Michael, who appears in a ghostly form, Austin and Jack assist in the rebellion. Before Dr. Hatch can execute the Electroclan, Michael Vey appears. He had turned himself into electricity in the explosion at Hades and had struggled to re-solidify. Knowing that Dr. Hatch would use political connections and loopholes to escape justice, Michael electrocutes Dr. Hatch. Michael’s family is reunited, the financial assets of the Elgen are used to assist those hurt in the resistance, and the Electroclan returns to the United States.
Unlike the previous books in the series, this book focuses more on the members of the Electroclan rather than the main protagonist, Michael Vey. Because Michael is missing for most of the novel, almost all of the book is written in third-person. This shift of focus allows the other characters to shine as they struggle to deal with the loss of their friend and fight Dr. Hatch in spite of the apparent unbeatable odds. As Michael faces off with Dr. Hatch, many readers may struggle with the controversy behind Michael’s vigilante actions. Parents may want to have a discussion with their children about Michael’s decision to kill Dr. Hatch rather than turn him over to the authorities. However, Richard Paul Evans ultimately delivers a powerful and epic conclusion to this series.
*Contains mild language and moderate violence.