Sunday, August 8, 2010

Author: Micheal Grant
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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  1. I've also found Stephen King's recommendations to be things I've really liked. I'm definitely reading this one.

  2. Thanks for taking part on YAAM. The Gone series is one of Thea's fave!

  3. character development usually sinks a book for me. I might see if the library has a copy of this one. Thanks!