Book Review: Gone by Michael Grant
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...
What would you do in a world with no adults? When suddenly POOF, everyone over the age of fourteen disappears into thin air?
Trust me, the excitement only lasts for a few hours. . . Then things start to get dangerous.
Gone is awesome, really, truly awesome. Right from the start the author hooks you in. Next to each chapter heading there is the hours and minutes listed until *something* happens. That number counts down until the very end of the book. Just that small touch adds a ton to the suspense.
The characters were great, especially the reluctant hero, Sam. And Astrid the Genious and her toddler aged brother Petey. The villains have motivations and aren't flat. Even the minor characters add a ton to the story.
I really enjoyed the take on super powers and I have a sneaking suspicion that there's more to them than we learned.
The plot is super fast paced and the pages fly by. There's mystery, danger, hard decisions, and even a little bit of romance.
Loved it and I'm excited to read the next in the series.
What I learned about writing from reading this book:
Grant did a beautiful job with pacing, character motivation, and attention to details. The premise and plotting were original and enjoyable.
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