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Product Details

  • Series: Gone (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061449091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061449093
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shortly after the world-changing events of Gone (2008) and Hunger (2009), the young residents of the FAYZ face ominous new threats, including a death-obsessed cult leader and the resurrection of a buried girl. And remember Drake the Whip Hand? Yeah, he might be back, too. Grant continues to hurtle through an endlessly fascinating (and increasingly grim) story line; his chief achievement, though, is how the X-Men–style powers of his cast never overwhelm the mournful realization that their world is slowly degenerating into brutality. The vast array of characters will challenge newcomers; fans, though, will go bonkers. Grades 6-9. --Daniel Kraus


"'... exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up. This is great fiction. I love this book.' Stephen King, bestselling author. 'A tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless' Booklist; 'If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this' Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review) 'I Love this book' - Stephen King, bestselling author" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The main characters grow in this story.
It's danger's lie more on personalities in this book, but the gasp-worthy action and plot turns will have you on the edge of your seat.
Katie Dahlberg
I just wish Grant was able to tie up all the loose ends a little cleaner, and that the ending hadn't been so rushed.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2010
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It has been seven months since all the adults disappeared and all the children under 15 are still struggling with life in the FAYZ. Hunger is an ever present problem, kids are getting drunk and smoking and carrying weapons. Some are trying to set authority with a Town Council; others aren't above violence and destruction to get their way. As Sam and Astrid fight (sometimes with each other) to do the right thing they are also dealing with the so-called prophetess who is saying death is the way to escape the FAYZ. On top of that Sam and others think they see Drake the dreaded Whip Hand, but he's dead - isn't he?

"Lies" is the exciting third book in Michael Grant's thrilling "Gone" series for young adults (the first two books are Gone and Hunger: A Gone Novel). Grant has managed to keep the tension throughout the series and you feel that the kids (some of whom are oh so young) as many struggle to do the right thing - not all agree on what the right thing is. While it is easy to feel sorry for Sam as he tries to lead those who don't necessarily want a leader and Astrid who is beginning to realize she is not always right, it is Mary who I felt the most sorry for as she has to decide whether or not to "poof" when she turns 15. This is not an easy decision for Mary - she is tired of taking care of the "littles" yet wonders who'll take care of them if she does disappear. Grant fills the book with many other memorable characters (for better or worse) including Orsay and Nerezza, Lana, Zil, Caine, Sanjit, Brianna, Dekka, Brittney, and more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Glenak on July 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Welcome back to Perdido Beach, back to the FAYZ. Welcome indeed. Lies has been a long time coming, it truly has.

Michael Grant's latest offering, Lies, mirrors his previous hits, Gone and Hunger, in every way possible. Grant doesn't hold back; from page one the action steams out of the station and the plot unravels in so many twists, turns and flips. No time wasting. Like a Ninja Assassin: get in there, stab-slash-slice, get out. Mission accomplished.

His prose mimics the rapid, staccato bursts of machine guns. When you open Lies, his prose flips out like an impressive cut-throat razor and slices away all distractions that might steal your attention from the book.

The question is: how good an accomplishment is Lies?

If you're a fan of the Gone series, the first thing you'll notice when reading Lies is the absence of some beloved characters. Computer Jack appears only twice. Quinn becomes more irrelevant than he was in Hunger. Lana sits around, getting high on alcohol and smoking cigarettes, all the time. Brianna, the character I love most, contributes zilch to the plot; she's sick the entire book, suffering from the flu, thus bedridden. The only time she does anything is towards the end, when she puts Sam on a skateboard and drags him at top speed from the nuclear plant back to Perdido Beach.


Why are these top characters sidelined? Well, the only reason I supply is: to make room for newer characters.

Problem is the new characters are either bad imitations of the old, popular characters, or they are just not that interesting.

Nerezza channels Diana's manipulative, sultry disposition with little success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wilson VINE VOICE on June 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
They've survived Caine. They've survived Drake. They've even survived Hunger. They've even survived the big poof when the big 15 came around. But wait, now Orsay is saying that the big poof is really an escape to the outside. Its a way out. She said she seen it, in dreams. That when she's close enough to the wall of the dome, she sees the dreams of the parents, waiting just outside of the dome. For them, their kids. And they've been waiting, watching, building Carl Jr's and hotels to occupy them while they wait. There are new's cameras and trucks and people everywhere, so many people.... But then there's the girl Nerezza. No one remembers her from before. I mean, that's not in itself all too suspicious, there are so many kids. But she has attached herself to Orsay, calling her the Prophetess, daring anyone to disbelieve her. Astrid does. She says Orsay is a liar. And tells the Council to spread it. If people start stepping out, it would be like wilfully committing suicide, which is a sin. Its for their own good. But where do the lies begin and end? Is Orsay really seeing the outside world? Or is it just another illusion in a world full of illusions?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on November 29, 2010
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I can't help but think of this book as Lord of the Flies on steroids. It's like driving by a car wreck - you can't help but look.

Don't get me wrong. I really like this series. Grant writes an engrossing page-turner. I was on the edge of my seat and could hardly put the book down. His characters are well developed, if frightening. You can't help put care for and sympathize with the "good guys" and shiver, perhaps shrink away from the "bad guys."

Lies is the third in this series, following Gone and Hunger. Plague is scheduled for release in April of 2011. Nothing is ever easy in the FAYZ. The residents barely survive one threat before facing another one. In this latest installment, people thought dead now walk the streets, the non-freaks (Grant's terminology, not mine) are beginning to resent the Freaks (those with strange powers), and what little semblance of order there was from the establishment of the Town Council quickly evaporates. Zil, leader of the Human Crew sets fire to the town in an attempt to take power away from the mutants (freaks). Osray, now labeled the Prophetess by her strange new companion Nerezza, seems to be telling the children they should embrace the "poof" or maybe even death as a way to escape the FAYZ. As tempers flare, people go hungry and the evil darkness threatens to return (if it ever really left), Sam, Astrid, Edilio and the others must find a way to survive. And even if they survive what will they be facing next?

I can't wait for the next installment.
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Michael Grant was born in a manger.

Okay, no he wasn't. And that was a stupid thing to say. There was no manger. It was a log cabin. A log cabin in Los Angeles.

Or possibly a trailer.

And then while defending his country (technically it was his father, he was just an Army brat,) he moved all over the country and to France and became the incredibly well-educated, well-rounded, well-adjusted . . .

Yeah, okay that last part's a lie, too. The moving everywhere thing is true. But the sad reality is that Michael's a rootless, disconnected, indifferently-educated, sullen, obnoxious, disaffected misanthrope. With no hair. I mean seriously: look at the man's head. Do you see hair? No.

Where was I? I mean he.

Michael Grant is married to Katherine (K.A.) Applegate. They've been together for 30 years. Which doesn't say much for Katherine's judgment does it? And they've been writing for 20 years, sometimes as partners -- BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS, ANIMORPHS, EVERWORLD -- and sometimes on their own.

Michael and Katherine have two kids, Jake 12 and Julia 9. (Feet tall. Get it? 12 feet tall? Ah hah hah. Yeah, okay: not funny.) Anyway, the point is that Michael Grant is the author or co-author of 150 books. Yeah: 150. Most recently the critically-acclaimed GONE and HUNGER.

No, really: critically-acclaimed by VOYA, Booklist, School Library Journal, KLIATT and Publishers Weekly. And best of all by Stephen Freaking KIng himself! Oh, yeah: THE Stephen King. Of course Kirkus dumped on him, but Michael would like to make it clear that Kirkus is in no way a collection of illiterate halfwits. No! Never would Michael say such a thing.

Michael can be reached on Twitter @theFAYZ, or on Facebook as "authorMichaelGrant."

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