Release Date: 2008
4 Stars...liked it would recommend
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle Schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and the television. There is no way to get help.
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.
Its a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, Gone is a page turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.
I really wasn't even planning on reading this book. The only reason I picked it up was because Barnes and Nobles had a section that said if you liked Hunger Games, you would like this....well I LOVE the Hunger Games, and it was also recommended by Stephen King. So I am thinking, slam dunk right? Well I did like it. I liked the fact that I had no idea where the plot was going or what was going to happen exactly. I liked the page turning drama and action. I even shamefully liked the dark grotesque parts. The one thing that kept coming to mind was that it was a cross between Heroes, and Lord of the Flies. The scary part is that this could be the way kids would act if all adults were removed.
The things that I did not like, for one I there was no character development. The main character Sam is supposed to be the shy hero, except I didn't really buy it. I did like the character of Lana, her healing powers throw her into predicaments she is uncomfortable with and she triumphs over them. She also has a Lab for a dog that she saves, and I am kind of partial to labs. I also did not care for the talking coyotes, and this thing in the darkness, kinda cheesy to me.
I would like to mention that in conjunction with reading this book, I was reading The Passage by Justin Cronin. I think I need to read something a little lighter and not about the end of the world next! With all said and done, I am rating it a 4 because I did enjoy the fact that it sucked me in and kept me entertained. I am currently reading the next book, Hunger now.
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