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Monday, November 15, 2010

Gone - Michael Gran

Title: GONE
Gone series #1
Michael Grant
: Harper Teen
4.5 out of 5
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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..


The Gone introduced us to a scary place they call FAYZ (FALLOUT ALLEY YOUTH ZONE) where no 15 yrs old and above exist. Where kids are the one left behind with a question mark on their heads. Asking and hoping that the adults will be back in a few hours or days. Just a few hours ago Teachers and some other were just around then suddenly with the blink of an eye they are gone. Gone as in nowhere to be found. Then a mysterious wall appeared in nowhere that separates them from the other side which they speculate as the real world. Children who are scared and frightened looks for someone they can trust and found Sam who is known to be school bus Sam –the hero who helped the driver as he suffered from being heart attack while driving saved the bus who is full of children and the driver himself.

They soon started asking Sam questions that he, himself couldn’t even answer and have no clue of what’s going on. Sam was born as a natural leader but still reluctant to accept it as everyone looks up to him for an answers and help. He wants to run away and be someone they think he’s not. He doesn’t want to lead these kids. Afraid the things that are happening might be his fault. Having this strange ability to turn his hands to some light beam that endangered his step father and the reason why he left them behind. Afraid that he might put them in danger as well because of it. Until the handsome and charismatic Caine together with his other Coates academy crew arrived and took over. Making things worse, having all these bullies rule and hurting helpless children. Sam has no choice but to fight for the greater good.

This book blew me away for the first time. The plot aren’t predictable, the writing style is fantastic. You’ll get to know how and what the characters are doing and thinking but of course the obvious mystery is still unknown, even to us readers. Characters are awesome and scary, ruthless, cruel (you name it.) for their kind. I can’t believe they are children at 15 below of age. Can’t believe they can actually do that. I mean realistically…can someone really do that? You will pity and feel mad about all they’ve done in order to rule the village.

Right from the beginning my mind is filled with questions, “what happened?” “how did this start?” or rather who started it. And then they are isolated inside this creepy bowl like think that whenever you touch it you’ll feel electricity flowing strong inside your skin. You can’t put the book down because the further you go on reading the more interesting the story become and the more mystery unravel.

You will be shocked, you'll feel pity, mad and all the bad vibes you could feel is I think I felt while reading this book. I love Sam though I sometimes hate his reluctant side but understand him. He will get to lead this bunch of children in one moment, when he, himself is still considered one. Just like everyone in the FAYZ, he too, Needs guidance. I dislike not hate Quinn, despite his bigness compared to Sam. Quinn is a coward and by that instead of him standing in front and defending Sam, he is the one being protected, he'll easily breakdown in a fight. And because of this he made a mistake and sold Sam in their enemy but I can't really be mad at him esp. when you are in this place where people have this scary powers and bats, and guns? Plus a psychopath kids who wouldn’t have a second thought to kill you, you'll definitely be scared. Astrid on the other hand is known as “Astrid the Genius” who is friend with Sam and Quinn and their classmate for I forgot how long. She has an important role in Sam’s life, not only because she is Sam’s crush but because she’s only one who can keep Sam sane, not that Sam is insane but suddenly having this huge responsibility? Astrid may be a great help, helping Sam make good and right decisions throughout the story. And I think that having them together is perfect like a sidekick and hero relationship.

I can't wait to read the the second series. And I can't wait for another mind blowing plot.


PS: REVIEW for book 2 and 3:



TheReadingOwl said...

I remember I wanted to read this book so much when I was younger, but couldn't find it anywhere in the bookstores! Then I forgot all about it. For years actually. And now I'm so glad I discovered it again, and judging by your review, I think I'm gonna like it :D

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