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Michael was born with special electrical powers - and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out.
After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power - and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world.
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By FanB14 on 08-26-12
Good Series for Boys
Michael and clan pick up where the first left off, on the run to save his mother and stop the Elgen plan from "Hatching". The romance between Michael and Taylor is more in the background, yet other characters are fleshed out more creating new interest.
This series is a mixture of Firestarter (Stephen King) meets Percy Jackson. Excellent series for boys grades 4-12. Enjoy!
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By Trudy Owens on 06-10-17
X-men, er, kids show their powers!
A mysterious Voice (via cell phone) comes to the aid of The Electro-clan, yet it proves difficult to tell if that voice is actually a help. The kids head off to Peru to rescue Michael's mother from the clutches of the evil Dr. Hatch who reveals his megalomania and diabolical personality. We also learn more about the world domination conspiracy.
The El-Kids discover how to use their powers in less obvious ways. The supporting characters are given more screen time developing their personalities and fleshing them out. Zeus is most prominent as he throws off the brain washing done by Dr. Hatch and learns to play well with others. It is fun to watch the talents and duels between these X-kids, but it is more interesting to see the "normal" kids use their "normal" talents and abilities in these dire circumstances. We may come to recognize Austin's memory and brain-store of knowledge and trivia and Jack's semper fi bravery and loyalty as powers just as admirable as those of the El-kids.
I do hope future volumes will explain why the indigenous Amazon tribe speaks Mandarin Chinese rather than Quechua or Aymara. Speakers of Mandarin will readily recognize (good pronunciation btw, Fred Berman) common phrases such as
zhàn qǐlái 站起来 stand up
qù 去 go
shuìjiào 睡觉 sleep
bái móguǐ 白魔鬼 white devil
Did Mr. Evans think to fool us, or is there an inherent story-line reason for this? Aside from this, these people have caused the plot twist taking us into the next volume.
This series is rated PG-13 for violence, although none is truly graphic, because our imaginations fill in the details. It's a fine morality tale dealing with many issues such as bullying, seeing people's inner strengths rather than their outward appearance, peer pressure, manipulation, moral courage, friendship and the like.
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