The Michael Vey books all have cliffhangers that try to top the rest, and so far, they've been entirely successful, the third one most of all. The MEI machine killed forty two babies in Pasadena, with seventeen surviving, that seventeen either dead or with the Electroclan or Elgen, except for Nichelle, as far as we know. Now the Electroclan has taken shelter and we get a few nice reunions, making the start about as perfect as a book can get. While getting geared up and being scared of their biggest mission yet, this book also shifts between some character happenings, from Michael, to Chairman Schema, to Hatch, and even two others. For this mission, the Electroclan has to rescue an autistic nine year old who has found out how the MEI actually works but her brain is too messed up to understand torture. She's named Jade Dragon and is being moved to Taiwan. Michael and his friends will have to go up against not just the Chinese police if they have to commit a crime, but also against a group of Ninjas and the other electric children, in which a surprising counter is given the green light.
Now, it's just as much of a page turner as the other ones, but for the first half, it's mostly just character bonding. This is a bit of a foreshadow, perhaps getting the series ready for the last three books and letting the characters make love. I would've liked to see a few more chases, but it compensates for it's few flaws it makes at the start with vibrant action during the second half.
Also, I'm going to go into full detail here. The book goes to the lives of the Elgen kids and Hatch, who are now more menacing than ever. The kids end up using their powers to torment innocent people, and I won't say how. People will find it funny or upsetting, and I found it to be a mixture. But the book doesn't lose points for a few kid's being naughty, they are evil. It shows that sometimes with too much power, people, or to the Elgen, eagles, stop having sympathy for any Nonels (you'll figure out who those are when you read the book) and just want them all to be their slaves or dead just for looking too unkempt. Hatch might as well be the vilest book villain since Warden Storm from Escape from Furnace and Bellatrix from Harry Potter. When I was writing The Blacktop Brothers, I wanted to write a story about people like Hatch getting their arses handed to them in the funniest way. After a while, though, I found sympathy for them and possibilities for their lives. That's why I'm writing The Blacktop Brothers 4. The first Michael Vey did what I'm trying to do for Book 4 in just one quick read. This Michael Vey is doing what I did for the first outing, and it's all page-turning.
These books have a type of vacation guide to them. After I read the second Michael Vey, I was intrigued to go to Peru and learn Spanish. Taiwan might be interesting now too. These books also have, with the exception of Book 3, what you want to read, negative but a burst of sunshine beneath. This Michael Vey was for the most part, the same and very surprising. I think it's the Michael Vey that will surprise the readers most. But beneath all this are the unforgettable characters. Books generally lose a grip with under or overdeveloped characters, but here it is done to perfection.