Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone #4
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date: April 2011
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It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.
But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape or even survive life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?
I really don’t know how many more times I can continue to write the same sort of raving review for this series. The awesomeness just never stops!
Plague, the fourth instalment to Michael Grant’s epic Gone series was just as fantastic as the first three. Each time I pick up another book in this series I am convinced that nothing in it will be able to shock me in comparison to the one before it. But boy am I ever wrong! The gore and sheer shock factor in this one is incredible. It actually left me wondering whether this is suitable reading material for children. I certainly would have had nightmares reading these books as a child.
As with the first three, I loved the multiple POV changes in this instalment. I’m enjoying how kids are now breaking off into little groups and cliques and having their own storylines. More and more characters are stepping up and becoming ‘heroes’ and having their turn in the spotlight and it really makes you appreciate how talented Michael Grant is to create so many complex and different characters and then to allow them to grow and develop in such different ways as the books continue.
As I mentioned, the horror and the gore in Plague is like nothing I’ve ever read before. I was horrified at some of the nightmares the kids go through in this book… from being eaten alive by giant mutant insects, to the plague that causes kids to LITERALLY cough their lungs out… to various other monstrous events that I won’t spoil the story with… the violence and pure devastation in this one is relentless. And that’s what makes this series stand out. Michael Grant is NOT afraid to go there. And go there he does… with guns blazing!
If it’s not clear yet from my multiple gushing reviews of this series, let me reiterate, these books are phenomenal, epic, heart-breaking and horrifying all at the same time. If you have not started this series yet, what are you waiting for!