This is a teen book by the author of such bestsellers as The Christmas Box, and couldn’t be more different. Sort of an X-Men of electricity, it revolves around Michael Vey, a normal teen, in a normal town, who just happens to have a gift that he keeps hidden – he can shock people. He has a best friend named Ostin (his mother couldn’t spell the Texas town), and has his eyes on a beautiful popular girl, Taylor. Michael is the victim of much bullying, because he doesn’t want to show his powers and he holds back, but one day he can’t. And Taylor, the cheerleader, sees it, and wants to talk to him about it. His friend Ostin knows about his electro powers, but no one else does but his mom. They have had to move a number of times because of his “accidents.” He learns that the cheerleader Taylor, who saw him shock the bullies off their feet also has a similar gift with electricity, except that she can “reboot” people. Cause them to forget where and what they are doing and they falter. She can also read people’s minds, but only a little bit. They decide to look into this because after comparing notes they realize they were born at the same hospital only hours apart in Pasadena. So they get information and try and get a copy of her birth certificate – she was adopted. Somehow, a shadowy organization gets wind of this inquiry, and kidnaps Taylor, and tries to get Michael too, but instead the group ends up with his mom, to use as leverage. So he and Ostin, members, along with Taylor, of the “Electroclan,” and the two bullies who are now in awe of him, take off cross country to this private academy that they were sent invitations to join on full scholarships. The rest is trying to find more of the kids who were born that day, figure out why they are different, and try and foil the plans of the group. More books in the series promise a lot of fun – I can see a movie out of this one. What is truly funny, is that the book is set in my state, and the high school, the team name, and the name of the newsletter are the same as that of my daughter. Either a bunch of coincidences strung together, or he knows this area. Odd reading about your daughters’ school. All in all, enjoyable, fast paced, and although the kids are 14-15, they are mature, and way beyond their calendar years.
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