So, the Electroclan has just been hit and hit pretty bad and Michael is as panicky as ever.But the effects of the Electroclan's activities are also affecting a lot of other people. Taylor's father, Charles Ridley, is all of a sudden told that his wife may be a criminal, and one of the Elgen captains has been sentenced to death by electric rat bowl, and this captain was actually close to Quentin, who is all of a sudden a little reluctant about the whole affair. So now, Michael and his friends don't really want to take down the Electroclan. Well, they do. Actually more than anything. But they really want to survive.
So, the thing is, in the last Michael Vey, I was stoked and heartbroken and couldn't believe the possible drama Hunt for Jade Dragon created; you see (minor spoilers) in the last book, the Electroclan was told the ranch they and their parents and other Electroclan friends were staying at was attacked and destroyed and that there were no survivors. The thing even more heartbreaking? Michael accidentally relayed the coordinates to Hatch by manipulating his mind and only he and Ian knew. So though there is relief in this book, I was a little distraught because I was thinking not what this book was, but what it could've been, as well as the expectations I had for the series I so fully love. The book starts off brilliantly, and I thought for sure after this, well, completely awesome scene in Mexico and involving Lichtenberg figures, but then the book delays on the humungous cliffhanger and though a lot of books do that, it mostly seemed unintentional and a little overdone. In many ways, this Michael Vey is more of a setup for the last two books rather than a real adventure. It still has all the charm in its writing, with Ostin's terrific fun facts such as the rate of cows killing humans, heart pounding page turners, a good enough feeling of drama that doesn't focus on romance but more of what one may never see again, and has a bit of room for neat vacation ideas. However, the book hits a huge rock when it moves to Tuvalu and there's a serious event where the Electroclan are not involved. I thought, wasn't that one of their purposeful missions? Still, the Tuvalu scenes are quite scary about how realistic they actually are and is just like the whole book, a perfect setup for the last two and somehow because of this book I know they will be epic.
Once again, the ending of the book is the best part. It made the whole book sort of remind me of the third Michael Vey book, where I preffered the ending because it gave out a huge plan for rescuing Jade Dragon and showed the Elgen more and more signs of desperation. Now, this ending has as perfect of a cliffhanger as a book can get, introducing a new character, comes back to a story I was looking forward to catching up with and didn't think I would get for this book. But in the end, the book forgetting Tuvalu and the possibilities it could've made makes this my least favourite Michael Vey so far. Sorry.