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Gone Paperback – April 8, 2014
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Grade 7 Up—"One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone." Just vanished—along with everyone else over the age of 13 in a 20-mile radius around Perdido Beach, CA. The children left behind find themselves battling hunger, fear, and one another in a novel strongly reminiscent of William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Things go from bad to worse when some of the children begin exhibiting strange powers, animals show signs of freakish mutations, and people disappear as soon as they turn 14. Though an excellent premise for a novel, Gone suffers from a couple of problems. First, it is just too long. After opening with a bang, the initial 200 or so pages limp along before the action begins to really pick up. Secondly, based on the themes of violence, death, and implied sexual intimidation, this is clearly written for an older teen audience who may not appreciate the fact that no one in the book is older than 13. In spite of its faults, Gone is a gripping and gritty read with enough creepy gruesomeness to satisfy readers who have a taste for the macabre. Give this one to the readers who aren't quite ready for Stephen King or Dean Koontz.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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*Starred Review* It’s a scenario that every kid has dreamed about: adults suddenly disappear, and kids have free reign. In this case, though, it’s everyone 14 and older who disappears, and the harsh reality of such unreal circumstances isn’t a joyride after all. A girl driving with her grandfather plunges into a horrific car wreck; gas burners left on ignite a home with a young child trapped inside; food and medical supplies dwindle; and malicious youths take over as the remaining children attempt to set up some form of workable society. Even stranger than the disappearance of much of humanity, though, are the bizarre, sometimes terrifying powers that some of the kids are developing, not to mention the rapidly mutating animals or the impenetrable wall 20 miles in diameter that encircles them. This intense, marvelously plotted, paced, and characterized story will immediately garner comparisons to Lord of the Flies, or even the long-playing world shifts of Stephen King, with just a dash of X-Men for good measure. A potent mix of action and thoughtfulness—centered around good and evil, courage and cowardice—renders this a tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless. Grant’s novel is presumably the first in a series, and while many will want to scream when they find out the end is not the end, they’ll be glad there’s more in store. Grades 6-9. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This is one of my all time favorite series. The content is very dark and heavy and not for the faint of heart. There are times when even I grimace and shut my eyes. I don't even have the words to describe how amazing this series is. It just is absolutely breathtakingly incredible. Don't question, just buy it.
The pace is wonderful, there are rarely any dull spots. The characters are relatable and likable, even the bad ones! The series takes you on a crazy ride with lots of ups and downs (a whole lot of downs) and twists! Definitely a great read! The plot seems well thought out and beautifully written. I honestly have no complaints about these books at all. They are just that wonderful.
This review is coming from an avid reader (a self proclaimed book worm). I've been heavily reading since 2nd grade, and in 5th grade I broke a record for most AR points/books read and now I am a college student. I've read thousands upon thousands of books, hundreds of series, and this is on the top of the list besides Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (HP beating it, LOTR in third). Honestly, I just cannot find the proper words to give this book justice. I've never felt so emotional reading a series than I have reading this. If I could rate this a 10, I would. Absolutely wonderful!
The premise is established in the first sentence...no time wasted getting down to business. When it really kicked into high gear for me (when it latched onto my throat) was when the clock rewound a bit and you saw the transition into the FAZE from the point of view of a young girl in the passenger seat of a truck, which is suddenly careening out of control. After sustaining life-threatening injuries, I was sure she was going to die, an early victim of this crazed new world. When Grant pulls out the first of many, many surprising twists and saves this girl from certain death, I was hooked. I've read the entire series.