Monday, August 9, 2010

Review: Gone

Title: Gone
Author: Michael Grant
Date Released: July 1, 2008
Pages: 558
Rating: 5 out of 5

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...

My Review:
I absolutely LOVED this book and how it was so intense.  Intensity is good for me sometimes because it'll keep me reading like every second of the day.  Even though it's pretty violent (lots of people die...), it was a good read that was captivating, and one of those books that I couldn't put down because its plot had so many twists and turns. 

I also liked how Michael Grant put how many hours until something major happened at the end of the book.  It really kept me on my toes and wanting more.  The situation in this book also makes you want to keep reading on because you want to find out: are they going to survive the FAYZ (which was also a pretty clever name (it stands for Fallout Alley Youth Zone))?  Is everyone going to develop powers (yes, most of the kids have some pretty crazy powers)?  Is Caine going to end up taking over the leader role of Perdido Beach and will Sam not let that happen?  There's so much stuff going on in this book that it's sort of hard to keep up with, but it'll all come together in the end.  And of course it has to end on a cliffhanger right?

This book also made me realize how valuable parents and other adults are in this world because they help us survive.  Most of the kids didn't really know how to take care of themselves or get food.  Some of the kids in this book would also take up bad habits because nobody was there to tell them no. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, A LOT if action, and a bit of violence.  If you decide to pick this book up at your local bookstore or library, then you should pick up the second book, Hunger, because you won't be able to put that down either.

Cover Review:
I think that the cover is okay, but the models for the cover do look desperate, or like they're waiting for something good to happen to them since they've struggled so much to survive in this chaotic new world.  This cover definitely fits the book, as an artistic design, like the cover for Shiver, wouldn't. 

*Description taken from back of the book.

Michael Grant's website at Harper Collins

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