23 September 2009

Review: Gone By: Michael Grant

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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  1. Great review! I saw this book at Barnes and Noble recently; it was right next to Catching Fire and The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so that made me curious. After reading your review, I think I'll add this one to my wishlist.

  2. Thanks! It was a really great book. If it wouldn't have hit me so hard emotionally with all the things going on in the story.... making it hard to read it would have totally gotten 5 stars from me.

    I always love books that I'm able to get emotionally involved with, however when my emotions are THIS involved and my heart hurts, reading it makes the story a little less enjoyable. Sad to say, but it's the truth for me.

    Thanks for liking my review and I would totally recommend you get and read this book.

  3. I really loved this book. I'm so excited for the sequel, Hunger, to be released in the UK. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Wonderful review. I just got this book and your review has moved it up a few spaces in my TBR pile. Thanks!

  5. Awesome review! I really liked this book too. And I will definitely be reading Hunger sometime soon.


  6. I'm so glad that everyone has loved my review! For those of you who haven't read it... be sure to read it soon.


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