Author: Michael Grant
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Gone book 1
Received From: Bookstore
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…
This concept of Gone by Michael Grant was brilliant! In the blink of an eye everyone over the age of 15 disappears. The kids that are left behind struggle to keep everyone safe but of course bullies ensue. Not to mention they start developing super powers! And not everyone wants to use those powers for good. On top of all that the big question is, what happens when you turn 15?
Gone started off really strong for me. I was really enjoying it and already planning on buying the second book. I’m kind of glad I didn’t because somewhere along the way I completely lost interest. I don’t know when exactly it happened or why but I’ll try to highlight the good and bad for you.
Like I said before the plot was an awesome idea. I love dystopain/sci-fi so this was right up my ally. But by the middle of the book there was so much going on that it became a bit humorous. This is a 550+ page book. If the author would have cut some of that and just stuck with the basic, everyone disapears, why? and the bullies, it would have been perfect. Oh and in those 550+ pages there are hardly any answers. I know this is a 6 book series but come on! Give us something!
The characters fell a little flat for me also. I liked Sam and Astrid but they could have used a bit more development. For some reason the character that I most looked forward to reading about throughout the book was Lana. I found her story to be the most interesting.(- the coyotes) The author’s attempt to make certain characters more real and give them personal problem/issues felt pushed to me and not natural.
Overall Gone just fell flat for me. Maybe I just was not in the mood for this kind of read. Who knows. I don’t think I will be reading sequel. At least not anytime soon. 2 1/2 Stars