Michael Vey, Battle of the Ampere
by Richard Paul Evans
Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan have destroyed the largest of the Elgen Starxource plants, but now they’re on the run. The Elgen have teamed up with the Peruvian army to capture them, and only Michael remains free. With his friends due to stand trial for terrorism—a charge that may carry the death penalty—Michael will need all his wits and his abilities if he’s to save them.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Dr. Hatch and his loyal Electric Children have seized control of the E.S. Ampere—the super yacht the Elgen use as their headquarters. With the seven ships of the Elgen fleet now under his control, Hatch heads back to Peru to gather his army and begin his quest for global domination.
Michael must free his friends then find a way to stop Hatch, but Hatch knows Michael and the Electroclan are coming. And he’s ready for them. Can the Electroclan win the battle of the Ampere? Or has Michael’s luck finally run out? (Courtesy of Amazon)
Adult Point of View
This installment quickly picks up where the last cliff hanger ended, whisking Michael, and Tessa, out of the Amazon and into peril to protect and save the Electroclan. It seems like the intensity of the violence is growing with each installment in the series. I didn’t actually count, but it seems like there are even more deaths and again more torture. This is still not my favorite series! I keep reading it to preview it for my son who wants to read it and so we can talk about things if he has concerns or problems understanding the novel.
Battle of the Ampere enters a new level of dark when (remember spoiler alert!) a main character within the Electroclan dies. (I have resisted naming the character, but it is NOT Michael!) Usually in children’s series it seems the main characters are impervious to death and I think this will probably upset some readers. Harry Potter is another series that crosses that line when beloved main characters die. Perhaps this is a new trend in children’s books where there will be more realism, that death can touch anyone. I’m not sure that I don’t prefer the impervious main characters that will pull through anything no matter what, for young readers.
To answer the question in the title. There is not exactly a cliff hanger, however, things are not resolved and we are thrown enough information to know where the next novel is heading and Michael Vey and his friends will have new adventures trying to stop Dr. Hatch and his plans for world domination. (Perhaps, a sound track with evil chuckling should play anytime someone says “world domination” out loud.)
This novel persists in the flaws of predictable twists and a repetition of the same scene played out again and again. I keep reminding myself it was not written for me, but for young (boy) readers. Thankfully the romance is not too intense for boys. I do like that Taylor is a strong female character, and has natural flaws of jealously and insecurities that she works through. Michael’s character has improved since the first novel as well as his best friend, Ostin.
– the Mother