Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone #1
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date: April 2009
Genres: Science Fiction
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In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. 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...
This is without doubt one of the best stories I’ve read this year! I must apologise before I start this review because its probably going to just be a jumbled mess of things like “this book is awesome!”
So i guess you could say this is dystopian. Its classed as YA but it definitely straddles the line between YA and Adult a little due to the violence. Its set in a place called Perdido Beach in California (I think) and its told from the POV of many different characters. Usually I don’t like this way of telling stories but for this book it really worked. There was so much going off in different locations that it was necessary to have the POV change a lot so that we as the reader saw the bigger picture.
All at once everyone over the age of 15 disappears. Poof. Gone. There’s no trace of them. And a weird “magical” barrier appears all around the town, animals are mutating and kids are discovering they have “powers” that may have been developing since before the sudden disappearance. The story is mainly driven by Sam whose 15th birthday is in 2 weeks. When the FAYZ happens (which is what the kids are calling the disappearance and the magical barrier) Sam finds himself as somewhat of a leader, a position he doesn’t really want. He and his best friend Quinn end up teaming up with Astrid, and a few other kids to try to get the town in order. The little kids need looking after and the bullies need taking care of. As you can imagine, what with the town being run by a bunch of kids, things are soon out of hand. Bullies take over and kids as young as 12 are left looking after babies and wielding guns!
The kids soon discover that once you hit your 15th birthday you also ‘poof’ out of existence. So Sam’s countdown begins to discover a way to stay!
There is so much action in this book. There’s also a lot of graphic descriptions of violence, cruelty and horrific injuries. There’s also some quite scary scenes involving giant mutated hyenas! I found myself turning the pages quicker and quicker as the book went on, it was just so exciting I must say I loved every page.
I really can’t give enough praise to this book. And I must say that I kind of had that feeling that I had when I was reading the Hunger Games. The feeling that I had come across something rare and brilliant! Which is something I haven’t felt about a book in quite a while so I’m really glad I picked this up.
So if you enjoyed the Hunger Games then I’d definitely give this one a try. Its scary, exciting, intriguing and just a little bit sick (in a good way!) I’ll be reading book 2 as soon as I can get my hands on it!