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The Prisoner of Cell 25: Michael Vey, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Suspenseful tale of superpowered teens has a spark of wit.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Adventure science fiction

In this amazing book the characters go through everything together, and the deception is so clever in this book I didn’t even realize there was a bad guy at all! However this book had alot of violence and, though it didn’t bother me, I would be wary for young readers. Other than that, Micheal Vey sweeps me away with exitment!🤯
age 11+

Some violence but nothing terrible.

Great book! I read it because I heard it was good. It has some violence and I don’t think there is very much educational violence so I think this book is great for ages 11 and over. Do to some violence in the book.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Another tale of misfit teens with secret mutant powers might seem overly familiar to some readers, but this series opener has enough wit and charm to smooth over most objections. In THE PRISONER OF CELL 25, author Richard Paul Evans maintains a relatively light touch on the material, keeping the suspense high without descending into overwhelming angst. Michael's friendships with studious Ostin Liss and cheerleader Taylor Ridley keep the story grounded, even if the story's villains are a little too self-consciously dastardly. The book ends with a cliffhanger, and most readers will be eager to pick up the next installment, Rise of the Elgen.

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