Author: Michael Grant
Page Count: 558 pages, PaperbackDate Published: April 28th 2009 (first published June 24th 2008)
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...
My Thoughts: Wow.
Imagine sitting in class one day, listening to you teacher drone on and on about something you couldn't care less about and then suddenly.... Poof. He's gone. Nowhere to be found. Then you realize, every single person aged fifteen or older has disappeared. Now it's up to the kids to find out what has happened and try to survive weird mutations, bullies and hunger. What a concept...
Michael Grant's novel, GONE is one of the most jaw-dropping books I've read in a while. With almost 600 pages, it didn't disappoint. It's fast-paced and seriously dramatic. There's something about the way Grant writes that makes me worried that this is or has happened. I was kind of scared I was going to disappear, or 'poof' as they say in the book. Personally, I believe this book could draw any person in and have them devouring it in a few days.
Character development was really well done in my opinion. There were a lot of different characters that we got to know, as the book's POV alternates between a bunch of different kids. I loved Sam and Astrid, who were two of the main characters. It was really difficult to remember that the kids living in the FAYZ are all fourteen years old or younger. They go through so much in such a small time period, having to take care of a completely isolated town and a ton of little kids. The way the teens all grew up so fast, some in worse ways than others, was impressive and a bit scary. The author did a great job of keeping the characters vivid and real enough to relate to, even though their situation is out of this world.
There were very few things about GONE that bothered me, even slightly. The book was well paced and never stopped, but I did feel myself getting confused about certain things in the middle, with the POVs changing all the time. But other than that small fact, I can't think of much else that I didn't enjoy. It was an extremely amazing book and I can't wait to read HUNGER. It's on my shelf, but I have a big list of books to get through before I even think about it...*sob* If you haven't already read GONE and think you'd enjoy it, I'd suggest going and picking up a copy asap. I really, thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you do too!
Have a great day/night everyone!