Saturday, May 18, 2013
Review: Gone by Michel Grant
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...
Don't judge this book by its cover. I know we all do it, but this one time, don't. I normally do not like when people are on book covers, since you feel obligated to think of them as a character. So, maybe I don't really like the cover.
But this book should come with a warning. Warning: Extremely Awesome. Read at own risk.
I loved every minute of reading Gone. It is packed with action, suspense, and will keep you thrilled and reading through the very end.
Gone has a lot of parallels to Golding's Lord of the Flies, which is another novel that I enjoyed. Being able to make this connection is really interesting, and added to the reading experience. (So I would recommend reading both.)
Gone adds supernatural aspects to the whole only-kids-are-left story, which creates a more interesting point. The "powers" that the kids developed are really cool, and adds to the plot.
The characters are well-developed, and the psychological points created between the characters - especially with Caine (a little like Jack, maybe?). Sam (Ralph?) also displays some mental creativity, although is not quite as deliciously crazy as Caine.
Gone is exciting, interesting, and will leave you wanting more, as I definitely do. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone, and I am exciting to read the rest of the series!