Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Gone Review

I read 'Gone' about 2 years ago, but can still remember the story extremely vividly. It is the first book in a currently 4 book series, with the fifth book coming out this year. The story is so gripping, it is the whole package. Action, adventure, a little bit of romance, mystery and sibling rivalry. The other books in the series by Michael Grant are: Hunger (part 2), Lies (Part 3), Plague (Part 4) and Fear (Part 5) which comes out later this year.

The story of the book is that one day, out of absolutely nowhere, every single person over the age of 15 disappears, and a huge, indestructible barrier surrounds the town of Perdido beach, California. Mutations develop in some people and give them powers, for example, the main character, Sam has the ability to shoot green beams of fire from his hand. His twin brother, Caine (though they don't know it yet) has telekinetic powers. Sams new girlfriend, Astrid has an autistic little brother called Pete, who is the most powerful person in the new area that the inhabitants call the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). One problem is, Little Pete possibly caused the FAYZ by accident, but cannot control his powers. The whole book is a countdown to Sam's fifteenth birthday, when he will vanish (or will he?) just like the others. 

The book has the perfect mix of conflict, adventure, romance and there are a few sub-plots that are crucial to the main story line. The book is unpredictable, with many twists and turns throughout it. I cannot wait for 'Fear' to come out later this year, although I will probably be done with it in about a week. 'Gone' and the rest of the series are great books, I would recommend them to just about any teenager. The series would make very good movies, and I would rate 'Gone' 9/10.
 



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