- Publisher: Egmont (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0603572375
- ISBN-13: 978-0603572371
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,750 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gone Series Michael Grant Collection 6 Books Set Paperback – 2009
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About the Author
Michael Grant is the evil genius of Young Adult Fiction. Among his biggest fans is Stephen King who called the GONE series 'A driving, torrential narrative'. Michael's life has been similarly driving and torrential. He's lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her less than 24 hours. Michael and Katherine were running their own cleaning business when they were working on their first book. Since trading in his marigolds, Michael has now written around 150 books (with Katherine, as himself, under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter). He now lives in the San Francisco Bay area taking his inspiration from his charming view of Alcatraz. From across those dark waters have emerged his dystopian fantasy series, GONE, his thrilling futuristic trilogy BZRK, and the menacing Messenger of Fear. Now he is reinventing history with Front Lines, and is a featured author in the World Book Day 2017 celebrations, with his spin-off story Dead of Night written specially for the occasion. The GONE series has sold over a million copies in the UK alone, meaning that Michael has terrified a lot of people. Something he particularly likes to do. You can find him here http://www.michaelgrantbooks.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @MichaelGrantBks.
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It reminded me a bit of Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds books, except without the oppressive grownups.
Grant was constantly surprising me with the creative twists he threw into the book. From talking coyotes to flying snakes, to the whacked out powers the kids developed--I never knew what to expect and was constantly delighted with some fresh horror.
That being said, I feel like I should have enjoyed reading this book more than I did. Not that I didn't enjoy it at all--I did--but it just wasn't the kind of all consuming page turner that it seems like it should have been. I kept reading a few pages at night before bed and then falling asleep. That shouldn't happen with this type of book--normally with a fast paced dystopian, I can't put it down til I reach the end.
I think the problem here is in the character development. None of these characters really felt very fully formed. They each have approximately one key trait: Sam is a leader; Astrid is a genius; Drake is an evil sadist; Little Pete is autistic; Quinn is insecure; Alberto is an entrepreneur, etc. etc. etc. The interpersonal drama just felt kind of forced and half baked. And for me, it doesn't matter how creative a world is or how tense the plot--if I can't really relate to the characters, I'm never going to be fully sucked in.
Still gotta give this points for creativity - it's really not like any other book I've come across lately. 3.5 stars.
In principle, I hate that authors can't seem to tell a story in 250 pages anymore and that everything is a trilogy or more. Fear has made me change my mind, now I'm living in Fear that the next book will be the final one and I wqon't be able to find anything as good to read.
I'm listing what I consider a few of my favorite books to give you a frame of reference for what I love. The tension, the pacing, the mind boggling imagination. If you liked these, you'll love this series. Let me add that the Gone series should be read in its correct order.
Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel (Takeshi Kovacs Novels)
The Hunger Games
Uglies (The Uglies)
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
So, really 5 stars for every book and for this incredible series. I see the author has a new series starting BZRK and I'll be buying it with confidence.
PS - order hardcover. The cover is way cuter (and the people!)
I was sad that the author resolved almost none of the major struggles and conflicts. I guess that's required since he intended to suck us into a sequel and then into its sequel, etc. In a way that's wonderful because I get to look forward to many more hours of reading about these people and this universe. Still, I would have liked it if we had not just left every evil person or power completely unchanged and ready to go on victimizing good people. That is possible. Take Orson Scott Card, for example. Each book actually "ends" in the sense that good wins and evil is vanquished.
So. If you relish the idea of finding a *really* good author and having *lots* of reading ahead of you, and you don't mind knowing that nobody is going to win until (I hope) around the seventh book, then this is a great place for you to go. Imho. --Eben Visher