Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Review: Gone by Michael Grant

(Gone Series Book 1)


In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .


My Review

In this strange and eerie novel of a world gone mad, two teens with incredible powers vie for control of a small coastal town. After the disappearance of all the adults, things quickly degenerate into deadly chaos for the young people of Perdido Beach. Surrounded by a mysterious dome and cut off from the outside world, it's up to a brave few to step up and try to contain the crisis. But with everyone disappearing on their fifteenth birthday it begins to feel like a futile race against time.

Gone is the first in a YA fantasy series and it is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. And that's saying something. It takes a while to get into things because there are so many characters to get to know, but once things really get rolling it's one bizarre situation after another. Kids with supernatural powers, teleporting cats, flying snakes, talking coyotes, and some kind of sinister being lurking in the background are only part of it.

The characters are interesting and diverse and the story is unlike anything I ever read before. It's sort of like Lord Of The Flies, Under The Dome, and X-Men all rolled into one with a splash of IT added in for good measure. If you're a fan of Stephen King, this certainly feels like something he might write.

Sam and Caine, two fourteen year old boys, are pitted against each other in a power struggle which culminates in a battle that will leave Perdido Beach scarred and broken. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. Some scenes are truly gruesome and bloody. As Sam and Caine near their fifteenth birthdays, they face off not only with each other, but with the looming threat of disappearing. They just might find a way to beat the FAYZ, if they don't kill each other first.


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