Thursday, July 2, 2015

Michael Vey: Hunt for Jade Dragon

Title: Hunt for Jade Dragon

Series: Michael Vey (Book #4)

Year: 2014

Author: Richard Paul Evans

Summary: Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—and Ostin’s.

But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!
(from Goodreads)

Main Characters:
~ Michael Vey
~ Taylor Ridley
~ Dr. Hatch
~ Ostin Liss
~ Jack
~ Nichelle
~ Ben

Review: Another electrifying tale from Richard Paul Evans! Having founded the Elctroclan, rescued his mother, fought off electric rats, survived the jungles of Peru, and blown up a yacht, Michael returns for yet another adventure - this time to save a young girl who has figured out the formula to make more electric people. If Hatch had the formula, there would be nothing left to stop him from taking over the world. Enter danger, desperation, and dares of the utmost capacity.

After saying goodbye to their families at an undisclosed ranch somewhere three hours from Los Angeles, Michael and the Electroclan travel to Taiwan where they are greeted with everything Chinese. I really like how Mr. Evans incorporated some of the country's culture into the book - especially with the food scenes! It gave a more authentic feel to the story.

While the other books had a lot of chapters dedicated to the bad guys' focus, this one didn't. There were a few chapters here and there written to show us what they were up to, but for the most part, the action stayed central on Michael. I kinda liked it better that way. 

One complaint that I have, though, is the amount of time spent on the members of the Electroclan. There are a lot of kids there, but I'd love to get to know them all better. McKenna, Abigail, Ian... they haven't really had any big parts, other than just being there for the adventure. Mr. Evans has taken the time during the different books of the series to focus a little more on certain characters and develop them more, so that's definitely a plus. I know I expressed an interest in Nichelle in a previous review, and I was not disappointed when she became more of a major character in this book. She probably became my almost favorite character. I'm hoping for more focus on different characters in the next books in the series.

There's also no disappointment for action in this novel! I was hanging on to the edge of my seat as the Electroclan escaped the Taiwan Elgen plant, and wow. Just wow. That was ultimate amazing right there. However, I did think the whole rescuing Jade deal at the end was a little rushed. It kinda felt like the rest of the book had gotten too long so the main goal of the book (rescuing the little girl) had to be stuck in and stuck in as fast as possible. I would have liked a little more information on the rescue.

Advisory: Lots of action, peril, danger... you know, the usual. Guns and explosives and some blood make appearances, but nothing I would deem out of tone for this book. Also some light girlfriend-boyfriend action with a few kisses and hand-holding. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Related Reviews: Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
                              Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen
                              Michael Vey: Battle of the Ampere

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