So, this is major spoilers, but in the island of Tuvalu, Michael Vey saw that there was a flurry of Elgen soldiers arriving as he and the rebellion are trying to take control. They just might have, because now the Electroclan have secured The Joule, a submarine that is a bank vault of billions for the Elgen. Without it, they're penniless. But before they did so, Michael sacrificed himself, unleashing all his electricity so everyone could get to safety and the Elgen's numbers could be severely depleted. Everyone is heartbroken and still on the run, and with him out of the picture, everything is uncertain.
By now, this is no longer Michael Vey's adventure. This series has been a real treat that doesn't need only Michael to stand up straight. This book shows that a book series without its main protagonist can still be enriching. I mean, I wouldn't go too too TOO far. About four years ago, I read the first two books in Anthony Horowitz's Gatekeepers series and enjoyed them but then the third book Nightrise apparently didn't have the two main characters in them for no reason I could see and I wasn't invested enough to read it. When Scarlet, the second book of The Lunar Chronicles, gave Cinder a back seat and put a new girl in the midst despite the fact Cinder was on the run, I was as worried as ever, but it managed to still incorporate Cinder in satisfyingly. Anyway, with Michael Vey: The Final Spark, everyone is trying to recover while not being able to catch a break, and we get to see Tuvalu citizens rebelling as well as they can while the Elgen is down. Honestly, these Michael Vey books are so enticing in their world that I dare you to stop reading. Except for the fifth book and partly the third, every Michael Vey book has kept up its string of feeling like this is a parallel universe with people we know and are part of our family. Even the tiny mentions like Welsh, who has a big back story in the sixth book, grows on us.
Now, however, these next 300 pages are going to spell out the doom of either side. There's going to be no more off-the-charts I-need-the-next-book-now cliffhangers. This is the real and final deal. We know all that's left in the universe is going to be in here.
And you know what? There are still a few things I would've personally changed with this final outing. I would've had the Electroclan use their powers more. This is a book that's a bit more grounded in reality than the others, or technology rather than fantasy. I feel like maybe they could've done more. Next, this takeover that takes place in the first part of the book felt a little bit cheesy. The next is the end result, though it has everything I wanted, and I mean everything (like, I couldn't believe how it just filled itself up to the top), it was a bit rushed. I also wanted to know more of what happened to some of the other Electroclan and Elgen members. I felt like Richard Paul Evans was a little pigeonholed in that his other six books in the series have been about 300 pages, so this one had to be too, but I felt it could've been maybe 100 pages longer. I yearned for 100 more pages.
However, Michael Vey: The Final Spark has non-stop tension. There's not a single uninteresting page, not a single dull moment, it does a good job at showing the courage of individuals, it even says that an education in something does not always mean actual smartness without condescending on educated people, it has one of the most exciting climaxes ever, even if it's rushed, and ends the series on a good enough note to be retained as a personal favourite series of books. We need more stories like Michael Vey in this world.