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Review, Young Adult / May 26, 2012
Lies by Michael GrantLies
Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone #3
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date: April 2011
464 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian
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It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness--or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Ok, I’m still waiting for this series to hit its peak and then become not so good anymore…. Guess what? Ain’t gonna happen!

Lies. Was. AWESOME! ‘Nuff said.

What Michael Grant knows how to do is to keep a storyline fresh. This series could have easily become repetitive and predictable but it so does not. Each book we are hit with some new characters, new horrors, new issues and outstanding growth from the previous books, I’m just completely blown away by this series!

This one deals with so many different issues and storylines its difficult to even summarise, so I’m not going to! Plus its a third in a series so I don’t want to give away spoilers here. Let me just give you one heads up though… Although the hunger was mostly dealt with in the second one, a small pocket of kids who are on the ‘wrong’ side of town still haven’t dealt with that issue and end up having to go to whole new horrifying lengths in order to survive. Don’t be thinking of eating whilst reading this book, that’s all I’m going to say on that point!

One of the things that I loved most about Lies was that we got to see more of other characters that so far have only had minimal ‘screen time’. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading from Sam’s POV, he is the hero after all, but it was lovely and refreshing to follow a lot of Lies through say Dekka’s POV or Edilo, or even the shifty Howard. It made me see each of them in a whole new light and as Sam is dealing with ‘inner demons’ during most of Lies anyway, it also gave these other characters the chance to grow and to become heroes themselves.

Now as much as I want to give Lies 5 stars, put a crown on its head and parade it round the streets, that wouldn’t make me a very good or honest reviewer, because I had one slight… SLIGHT issue with Lies and for this reason have knocked off half a star. And that was the ending. The ending was great, it was epic, exciting, edge of your seat stuff. However, it was also a little confusing. There was a lot going on and stuff happened that I’m still not sure about. BUT…this did not stop me from being totally blown away by it and loving the book completely. The epicness, action and drama more than made up for my slight confusion!

I really don’t need to say it do I? Ok, I will. READ. THIS. SERIES!

4.5 Stars

3 Responses to Lies by Michael Grant

  1. Emma says:

    I completely agree with everything you said, even the negative part about the ending. I do feel like there was still a few open endings and things we still don't know.

    • Alison1805 says:

      Thanks Emma. And thanks for buddy reading… even though I was slow haha.. I think maybe I will leave it a little while before I read Plague because I want to try to spread it out. Before we know it there will be no more books to read and we'll be waiting for the next release!! haha.. plus I'm collecting them in paperback and the 5th one is only out in hardback for the time being..

      But I totally love these books, they are so amazing!!

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