Title: Gone Author: Michael Grant Publisher: Katherine Teagan Books, 576 Pages (April 28, 2009) From: Purchased from Amazon
Synopsis: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...
Review:4 Stars - This story was a good one... to say the least. The idea behind it intrigued me and at the end of the last page left me wanting more. It was creepy and I found myself gasping out loud throughout the book. I felt for the kids and at one point didn't even know if I'd be able to finish the story. It was heartbreaking with a touch of edge of your seat thriller that had me on an emotional rollercoaster ride that I couldn't get off. It's been a long time since I've read something that affected me this way. Wonderfully written Sci-Fi with just enough angst and torment that pulled everything together nicely.
The characters had to grow up fast and learn to live together if they are going to survive. Well, most of them figured that out and almost to late. At the end you were left wondering if the bullies would win or the hero and his band of rag-tag cohorts would prevail. It was a great thing to see the kids band together and take care of the little ones. To be faced with such a new world where so much has changed literally in the blink of an eye AND to have to learn to fend for yourself and those around you takes guts. We have many of those characters throughout the book that just make your heart hurt.
Over all this book was a great read that did leave me wanting more. I will in fact be reading Hunger to see what happens next. I can't wait to see just how strange the world within the FAYZ and the kids who are developing powers will end up next. And that leaves the question of.... will all the kids without powers develop some of their own powers as well?
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