Limit this search to....

The Final Spark
Contributor(s): Evans, Richard Paul
ISBN: 1481497030     ISBN-13: 9781481497039
Publisher: Simon Pulse
    OUR PRICE: $17.99  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: The Electroclan embarks on a daring rescue mission when Michael Vey goes missing, in a high-action latest installment in the best-selling series. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Electricity; Juvenile fiction.
Tourette syndrome; Juvenile fiction.
Gifted children; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017945620
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Michael Vey
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 316 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 191167
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q54393
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 20.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Though the Electroclan's destruction of the Starxource plant was a major victory over the Elgen, the Peruvian government has branded it a terroristic act. Hunted by both the army and the Elgen fleet, Michael and friends must evade capture as they plan their next move against Dr. Hatch. Evans develops character relationships better in this third installment, which continues to be exciting.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Having narrowly escaped the evil Elgen organization in [cf2]The Prisoner of Cell 25[cf1], Michael and his friends, the Electroclan, are on the run. But when they discover his mom is being held in a hyper-secure facility deep in the jungles of Peru, the Electroclan decides to rescue her, uncovering the malicious organization's plan for world domination in the process. Despite a shallow cast, the Electroclan's exciting adventures are entertaining.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Michael and Taylor discover they have inexplicable powers of electricity. They enlist the help of their hyperintelligent friend Ostin to investigate their origins. But when Michael's mother and Taylor are kidnapped, Michael and Ostin must travel to California to confront the ominous organization that's seemingly behind everything. The story line is standard for the genre, but well-developed characters elevate it.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Evans (The Christmas Box) enters the YA market with this fast-paced, if predictable tale of a teenager with superpowers and the conspiracy that created him. Years ago, a medical equipment accident killed dozens of newborns and left 17of them with assorted "electrical powers." In present-day Idaho, 14-year-old misfit Michael Vey, who can create electricity and has Tourette's syndrome, is one of the last two living outside of Pasadena. Coincidentally, the other "electric child" is Michael's crush, cute cheerleader, Taylor who is able to mentally "reset" people's brains. When a mysterious organization called Elgen kidnaps Taylor as well as Michael's mother, Michael, his best friend Ostin, and a pair of school bullies venture on a cross-country trip to rescue them. Taylor, meanwhile, learns that Elgen is just as dastardly an organization as she'd feared. Evans delivers a pair of believable lead characters—Taylor has wits and personal integrity, while Michael's Tourette's syndrome, coupled with an emotional jolt from his past, adds dimension—but generic dialogue and lackluster villains result in a by-the-numbers thriller. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 November)

Gr 5–9—Michael Vey, 14, has problems. Not only does he suffer from Tourette's syndrome, but he also has electricity coursing through his body. He can shock people without rubbing his feet on the carpet; he can jump-start his mother's car by holding the battery connectors and "surging," and he can knock bullies who attack him off their feet. Michael and his mother have moved to Idaho because there was an "incident" in his former town, and now he discovers that the prettiest girl in his new school has powers, too. Taylor can read people's minds. Ostin, Michael's best friend, doesn't have powers, but he is wicked smart and helps them to figure out that there is more to the mystery than the fact that they were born in the same hospital within days of each other. Soon there is a terrifying adventure afoot when they are captured and introduced to others with powers who, under the lead of the sinister Hitch, have kidnapped Michael's mother and have evil plans for the world. The dialogue and interactions among the teens seem more like they belong in the 1950s rather than today, but the fast-paced action and cool powers will probably outweigh any negatives.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

[Page 118]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.