GONE by Michael Grant
About GONE (taken from goodreads.com)
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.
Review of GONE
This is a book where I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it. I think I liked it but some parts made me wonder. The concept was really, really cool. One day everyone over the age of 15 suddenly disappears. Pretty cool right? A whole town full of teenagers and kids. I liked how everyone started taking on a role and there was suddenly all these cliques. It was really cool. What did bother me was that it took forever for people to realize that there’s babies around that need to be taken care of. That part, I feel was a little unrealistic.
The characters were all really good I found. I liked Astrid. She was a really good female heroine. She was really smart and brave, which was a relief. Sam was also really likeable too. Quinn was annoying and stupid, but that’s how the author portrayed him. The others were pretty cool too. Even the bullies had some cool development going on. I especially liked how not everyone had super powers. It made things interesting.
In the end, the plot was good, the characters were good and the writing was good. There was just something a little off for me which is why it isn’t getting full stars. Maybe it’s because it was good but it didn’t blow me away. I’m holding out hope for the next book though.
4 out of 5
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