The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)

by Richard Paul Evans


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Michael Vey, a 14-year old who has Tourette's syndrome and special electric powers, finds there are others like him, and must rely on his powers to save himself and the others from a diabolical group seeking to control them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613836583
Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Michael Vey Series , #1
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty-five million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, five Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, The Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award, and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at, or visit his website


Salt Lake City, Utah

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1962

Place of Birth:

Salt Lake City, Utah


B.A., University of Utah, 1984

Read an Excerpt

Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25

  • 1

    Chopsticks and Spiders

    “Have you found the last two?” The voice on the phone was angry and coarse, like the sound of car tires over broken glass.

    “Not yet,” the well-dressed man on the other end of the phone replied. “Not yet. But we believe we’re close—and they still don’t know that we’re hunting them.”

    “You believe you’re close?”

    “They’re two children among a billion—finding them is like finding a lost chopstick in China.”

    “Is that what you want me to tell the board?”

    “Remind the board that I’ve already found fifteen of the seventeen children. I’ve put out a million-dollar bounty on the last two, we’ve got spiders crawling the Web, and we have a whole team of investigators scanning global records for their whereabouts. It’s just a matter of time before we find them—or they step into one of our traps.”

    “Time isn’t on our side,” the voice returned sharply. “Those kids are already too old. You know how difficult they are to turn at this age.”

    “I know better than anyone,” the well-dressed man said, tapping his ruby-capped pen on his desk. “But I have my ways. And if they don’t turn, there’s always Cell 25.”

    There was a long pause, then the voice on the phone replied darkly, “Yes. There’s always Cell 25.”

  • Reading Group Guide

    Discussion Questions for

    Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

    By Richard Paul Evans

    1. Based on the book cover and the book title, what do you think this book will be about?

    2. What do you think is so special about Michael Vey?

    3. Who do you think the prisoner is going to be?

    4. Based on the prologue, how do you think the book will end?

    5. Do you think Michael is capable of abusing his special powers? Why? Explain

    6. Realistically, other than moving, what other alternatives does Michael have to keep his powers a secret?

    7. Do you think Michael can trust Taylor? Why? Explain

    8. Why do you think the evil man called his co-hort Zeus?

    9. Why do you think the evil gang took Michael’s mom and Taylor?

    10. What has happened to Taylor at the beginning of Chapter 18?

    11. What is Nichelle’s role in the book? Why does the author have someone like Nichelle in the book?

    12. What does Michael have that reminds him of his mom and brings back memories that are painful to remember?

    13. If you had a special power, what would that power be? How would you use it? Do you think you would be tempted to use it for the wrong reasons?

    14. Michael is bullied by some bigger boys. If a friend confided in you that he was being bullied, what would you advise him to do?

    15. What do you think motivates someone to bully someone else? Do you think fear might be part of it? Why do you think the boys bullied Michael?

    16. Michael and his mom have a very close relationship. She’s very protective of him, but in what ways is Michael protective of her? How do you think Michael feels about all the things his mother has to do keep him safe?

    This guide has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

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    The Prisoner of Cell 25 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 719 reviews.
    LynW More than 1 year ago
    Let me preface this by saying that I am 25 years old and read a LOT, mostly fiction novels and classics. When Michael Vey came into my hands I put it off for a few days, thinking it was focused more towards younger readers. When I started to read it I was surprised by how quickly the story sucked me in. The main character Michael Vey is very relateable and his story is so funny, exciting, and complex that I couldn't put the book down. I would (and have) recommended this book to a wide variety of people, including my younger siblings and friends my age. With such a great plot I'd be shocked if this doesn't get turned into a movie one day. Bottom line, you AND your kids are going to love this.
    bookluvver More than 1 year ago
    Although I don't normally read teen books or sci/fi type thrillers, I read this book because I was given an advanced reader copy. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. My 12 year old daughter also read it (in 4 days) and she loved it. She couldn't wait to share it on the library blog. I loved the interaction of the teenage characters with each other and I loved how it was pointed out, through the story line, that everyone has different gifts and when we work together we can accomplish great things. I think the thing I most enjoyed, though, is that there is excitement and suspense but no bad language and no sexual content. Those are major pluses in my opinion.
    DGlad More than 1 year ago
    Wow! I loved Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25! I was fascinated by the imagination of the author Richard Paul Evans. From one chapter to the next, it totally held MY interest. I found this book to have all the ingredients for a great read... humor among the characters but plenty of adventure and chills too! I am hooked on Michael and his friends with their special powers and am glad this is going to be a series. As a grandma I LOVED this book and will be purchasing it for my grandchildren.
    Rose_Kids_Mom More than 1 year ago
    I started reading Michael Vey out loud to my 3 children (ages 10, 14, and 16) because we couldn't decide who got to read it first. We finished it all in one day (8 1/2 hours later) - we couldn't stop until we finished it. This is one of Richard Paul Evan's top reads! I have all his books, and my children have read them all, but this is the first we read together and couldn't put down! This is a great books for all ages - my 10 year old son loved it and so did I (my husband even got in on the last hour or so and enjoyed it too - said it was very captivating)! I see the makings of a great movie in the future!
    OtotheD More than 1 year ago
    To anyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is just your typical fourteen-year-old outcast. He has Tourette's syndrome which causes him to tick a lot and leads him to be picked on by bullies. What the people of Meridian, Idaho don't know is that Michael has powers that allow him to generate electrical shocks. This power has led his mother to move him frequently when Michael is unable to control the power and accidentally shocks someone. Lately he's been able to keep it under wraps. Other than his best friend Ostin, and his mother, no one knows about this power. That is, until the bullies begin picking on him one day after school. On this particular day he is unable to control the surge and he ends up knocking all three of them unconscious. This is witnessed by Taylor, one of Meridian High's cheerleaders. Michael tries to convince her she was seeing things. He doesn't want his mother to have to move them again. Taylor, however, is unconvinced. She has a power too, and after confiding in Michael, the two of them along with Ostin set out to figure out why the two of them have these powers. What they learn is that there are others like them, and there is a billion dollar corporation behind it. This corporation is searching for them. They want to gather the electric children and use them to take over the world. When Michael's mother and Taylor come up missing, it's up to Michael and Ostin to track them down before it's too late. I loved this book. There was a lot of action, mystery and suspense which kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. The misfit characters all feel very real which had me rooting for them the whole way. I was very invested in all of the characters. This book contains two of the most devious villains I've come across in a long time. Every time they were in a scene I found myself both terrified of them and wanting to reach through the pages and snap their necks. I love when a villain gets under my skin like that. The writing is fluid and descriptive, allowing you to feel every jolt and emotion. If you like a good action book, or are a fan of super heroes I highly recommend this one. I can't wait for the next installment. (Review based on an Advanced Readers Copy courtesy of the publisher via Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    First of all Richard Paul Evans is one of my favorite authors and he did not disappoint with this young adult book, "Micheal Vey - The Prisoner of Cell 25". I am a grandmother of 3 boys ranging in ages 9 to 16 yrs old and they, as well as their Mother, were as excited as I was about this book. It kept my interest from the first 2 pages and became so thrilling I had to read to the end before I could put it down! Literally I was actually sitting on the edge of my seat! It was intoxicating and stimulating to say the least. Each of the characters are unique and different from the others but yet they fit together very well. I fell in love with each one of them. My 9 yr old grandson is telling everyone he comes in contact with about this book. I will definitely buy it for each of my grandchildren.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    ZAP! Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25, grabbed my attention from the start. The captivating storyline made it extremely difficult to put this book down. Richard Paul Evans has created a story in which the teenage characters deal with trying situations in positive and inspiring ways. They have superhero abilities, love their parents, and are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Refreshing! I highly recommend this book and will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Just one question for you: WHY AREN'T YOU READING THIS BOOK? :)
    nmurphy626 More than 1 year ago
    Look out Harry Potter - here comes Michael Vey! This was an extremely engaging book right from the beginning, but the action continues to build throughout the story until the very end! I read it in a day - didn't want to put it down. My 14 year old daughter read it in 2 days, only because I enforced her bedtime! My 11 year old son is reading it now - he really does not normally enjoy reading, but does not complain about reading THIS book! Looking forward to the next one - and my 14 year old is already looking forward to the movie! Highly recommend this book - there are a couple of "torture" scenes that are probably too intense for anyone younger than 10 or so ... more for the late tweens and young teenagers ... and their parents! Loved it! Great life lessons, great morality issues.
    ruby52 More than 1 year ago
    Are you looking for a high interest wholesome read for your teen this summer? MICHAEL VEY: THE PRISONER OF CELL 25 fits the bill! As a parent of five sons and a former teacher, I am delighted with the content of this book. The eternal struggle of good vs. evil is addressed in a highly imaginative and nail-biting adventure. This book opens the door to numerous discussion topics: peer pressure, right vs. wrong, materialism, bullying, and acceptance of differences. An excellent choice for junior and senior high reading lists! Although I am nearing 60 years old, I, too, will be looking forward to reading the rest of this series and wholeheartedly endorsing it!
    book_fanNC More than 1 year ago
    Micheal Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is a wonderful book that will both make you sit on the edge of your seat, and make you lean back and smile. This book is funny, exciting, suspenseful, and will please any reader who has a craving for a feel good, action adventure. Not only is the story line very interesting, but you are also taught important lessons of life, and get to see the story of a boy who loves his mother and his friends. Richard Paul Evans does an excellent job at making you feel for the characters. You find yourself rooting for Micheal, and cheering him on. Though the book ended on a happy note, I was so distraught when I reached the last page. I wanted more to read. I was still curious about what would happen to Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the gang. What a way to kick off the start of a new Young Adult series, that is sure to keep readers talking. I will definitely be anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next book in this truly amazing series.
    GloriaJayne More than 1 year ago
    This isn't the type of book I normally read, but I do read everything by Richard Paul Evans, so I knew with him writing it that it had to be good. I wasn't disappointed--it was totally gripping! I plan to preorder it for my daughter, also an avid fan, and my grandsons. The only problem I had was that I couldn't sit down and read the entire book in one sitting--alas, work called! I've been recommending this book to everyone, and I can't wait for the next in the series to come out! Once again, well done Rick!!
    DukeB More than 1 year ago
    I had the privilege to read an advance copy of MICHAEL VEY a few weeks ago and I gotta say I loved it! There are just not enough books out there for young adults with a positive message that can captivate the young reader. No longer! MICHAEL VEY is the answer, and I highly recommend any reader buy this book above the age of 9 or so. The kids in this book are real world examples of the good and bad in our children today. And the situations they deal with from bullying to feeling alone will resonate with our young adults today. If you have a young adult reader in the house, or you just want to read an exciting story with a good message, pick up MICHAEL VEY now!
    JanLK More than 1 year ago
    I've never been much into science fiction novels or anything that might even be closely considered a "thriller." If I saw the cover of Michael Vey on the shelf in a bookstore, I would never even think about picking it up, much less buying it. But please do not judge this book by its cover if you are not a thrill reader! I'm glad I didn't! Reading this book was best decision I could have made. MICHAEL VEY was so captivating and I read it cover to cover in just two days. There was no way I could put the book down because I just couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. The story captured me from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go. Each character grabs a hold of you and it's WELL worth the read! I look forward to reading more about Michael Vey!! As a teacher I say this book is a MUST-READ for ALL AGES! :) You will not be disappointed!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    As a parent of two teenage boys and one soon to be teenage daughter, I am concerned with the decline of positive media options available to my family. The story of Michael Vey is very exciting and enjoyable to read, but on a different level the book also teaches and reinforces positive values. It shows that it is okay to love your family and that it is cool to be smart. It encourages personal integrity and the courage to stand up for what you believe. I would recommend this book to parents and their teenagers
    Read_Run_and_TKD More than 1 year ago
    I initially bought this book for my niece who was in 4th grade last year. I was a little concerned she might be too young so i had my best friend a fourth grade teacher read it to see what she thought. She thought the level might be closer to end of fourth grade year but said it was really good. So i got another book for myself too. I was captured in the first paragraph. My niece read finally read it this last spring and promptly asked if there was another. I have already bought us both the next book. I think i may be more excited to read it than she is!!
    BJudy More than 1 year ago
    It is captivating! Action packed and full of human emotions. Young people are going to love it! The characters are real and there is a character for everyone to identify with! Its fast pace will keep you on the edge of your seats! Well done Mr. Evans! My granddaughter states it is the best book she has ever read! I wholeheartedly agree with her! Don't miss out on this adventure!
    SpencerR More than 1 year ago
    I loved the characters in this book. The action was great, it kept me turning the pages all day. i finished the book in one day. I can't wait for the next one.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was surprisingly good!!!! I started out not liking it too much, but then Ostin (Michael's best friend) made me laugh and after that, I was hooked! ;)
    nesh2129 More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I got this book for my son but I read it first. I couldnt put it down. Suspenseful...creative...moving...exciting...thought provoking. Very relavant for the times we live in. Good life lessons. I highly recommend for teens or tweens. Adults will love it too.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I read this book because my dad read it,and he told me I would like it. The book was absolutely amazing from cover to cover. Hello all! I'm a twelve year old boy and not a huge fan of reading. However, this book really grabbed my attention from the first sentence. The book is about a ninth grade boy named Michael. He is the average kid that gets bullied and has a huge crush on a girl, Taylor. He lives with his mother, and they have moved several times in attempt to keep Michael's powers a secret. THAT is all I'm going to share. Buy this book and read it! You will NOT be able to put it down.
    lmennitt More than 1 year ago
    I was one of the lucky ones to receive an advance copy of this book. I love Richard Paul Evans, but being his first teen book I must admit I had my doubts. It is different than anything he has ever written, and I have read them all. It was great! I couldn't put it down. It is loaded with excitement for all the young readers out there, male or female. I think this should be on all summer reading lists for the schools. It's written in such a way that every parent would be glad their child read it. No foul language, no sex, but there is tolerence and good versus evil. Teachers need to check this one out! Can't wait for the follow-up!!
    1sunnyone More than 1 year ago
    Another perfect 10! Once again a powerful, positive message comes through in Richard Paul Evans' latest... this one to rock the shelves in the young adult category. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is full of suspense, it is excitement and thrill. There are villains and heroes, action and drama and humor as well. A view into the often challenging world for a teen; the main characters are faced with many challenges throughout the book ~ difficult choices made and powerful lessons learned in every chapter. I was intrigued from the beginning; each chapter was as riveting as the first. A great departure from the darkness that is available ~ and seems to be the norm ~ for our youth in most bookstores today. A fantastic read for the young adult and young at heart. I freed a mind today, will you?!
    lyndyLM More than 1 year ago
    Michael Vey is more than Awesome!! The Author,Richard Paul Evans is an amazing writer and this book is about a young man with Tourette's Syndrome,but he has an unusual gift that he must decide when to use as a defense or to help others. The story has so many interesting characters,that it is hard to decide which is your favorite. Each one has a unique story that will touch you so deeply your mind will want to know more about each one. Wonderful,especially young adults,but the older generation will not want to pass this one up either!! Nice print,shorter chapters,and will keep you spellbound all the way to the surprise ending!!!