Michael Vey: Fall of Hades is the 6th book in the Michael vey series (http://www.richardpaulevans.com/books/). I started reading the series sometime in my freshman year of high school, I believe. Waaaaay before I even started this blog. So, unfortunately this book review may not make sense to anybody who hasn’t already read the series. However, I will give a brief summary of the previous 5 books in order to catch you all up to speed.
Micheal Vey is not an ordinary 14-year-old. He was born with special electric powers, along with many other children. Along with his best friend Ostin and Taylor Ridley they embark on an adventure to stop Hatch; a cruel man hell-bent on kidnapping Michael and the other electric children for his own twisted agenda, to help aid him in building an electric empire known as the Elgen. As the story goes on, the trio help rescue a small group of Hatch’s ‘children’ who refuse to take part in his plans, escape from an electric bowl filled with man-eating rats, sink one of the Elgen’s ships and rescue a Chinese genius known as Jade Dragon. These electric middle-schoolers now call themselves the Electroclan. All of these missions are being orchestrated by The Voice; a mysterious man who helps the Electroclan take down Hatch.
Hopefully, that short paragraph gave a little insight. In the latest installment, the Electroclan is on the mission to rescue Hatch’s right hand man, David Welch, who escaped from the Elgen and also to take over the Ampere, another one of the Elgen’s ships.
One of the reasons I like this series is because it’s serious but also very innocent. These kids, with the except of maybe 2, aren’t even 16 yet! There is still so much of their lives they need to live and yet they risk it all to save the world all before high school graduation! There is also a little bit of romance that takes place and even the ‘L’ have been said multiple times. Which sometimes makes me laugh because as I said before these kids are young and experiencing first loves. It’s adorable. One thing that confuses me every time is the amount of characters in this series. There are maybe 20 children with electric powers and it’s hard to keep track of them all. And at least 4 or 5 of them have names that begin with a ‘T’ so that makes it worst. There is also a lot of details and activities that I thought was unnecessary; like “Michael went to take a shower then came back and took a nap” or “We went to the ballroom and had breakfast. Afterwards, we went back up to our rooms and grabbed our bags. We headed towards the plane in silence.” Stuff like that. I didn’t think it was necessary to include EVERY SINGLE DETAIL and activity these kids did. Each chapter was less than 5 pages which made this a quick read and I look forward to the 7th and final book.
Overall, I give it a 4/5.