Review- Gone by Michael Grant

April 9, 2011 Reviews 3

Hardcover, 558 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by HarperTeen 
Source: Bought 
Summary: (from Goodreads)
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… 
My thoughts:

This book was really good and it definitely got me interested in reading the rest of the series. 

The concept is interesting, all adults and teenagers over the age of 14 just vanished from this California town one morning and all the kids of the town were left to figure out what is going on. Throw in barrier completely surrounding the town, kids with strange new powers developing and creepy mutating animals and you have a very interesting book to say the least.

I liked how they tried to re-build their own little community and some of the older kids took “jobs” running different areas. It made it seem realistic that they had to set up a daycare for all the babies that obviously could not look after themselves. I liked that the author thought about those details.

I liked the characters in the book, and I disliked the bad one, but my problem is that I didn’t love anyone. That is really my only complaint. Sam, the main character that all of the kids look to as their leader, was nice and smart enough but I felt like he was missing something for me. Maybe he will show some character growth in the next book.

But the plot is really, really good. I am intrigued. I want to figure out what is causing the “poof” of people 15 and above. and I want to figure out where all the people go after they Poof. I hope we dont have to wait till the last book to get some answers. 

I would give this book 4.5/5 gavels

Michelle @ Book Briefs

3 Responses to “Review- Gone by Michael Grant”

  1. Kaity

    Great review! I’m reading this book now and have to agree with you on the realism. I’m amazed with how many realistic problems/situations Grant thought of that would happen if adults disappeared.

  2. Sarah

    I also read Gone and enjoyed it a LOT. I’m glad you liked it too and I think you’ll enjoy the other books that are currently out. 🙂 Really good review!

  3. Vicky

    Great review! I bought this book a few weeks ago but haven’t started reading it yet (maybe during the WWReadathon next week, haha). The storyline is so catchy, it made me want to pick it up – and so I did. I love how the author thought of those details and I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting read.

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