Thursday, 10 October 2013

Book Review: GONE by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE

This book has been on my list for over a year. I have simply not got around to reading it as I felt it was a big commitment if I enjoyed it as the start of a series of 6 books. I couldn’t put it down. The pace literally zooms and pulls you along. To call this a page turner doesn’t do it justice. It is so gripping and interesting that you physically need to keep reading.

The Lord of the Flies-esque story sees the creation of the FAYZ. In this world all the adults and children over the age of fifteen have disappeared. Those that are left behind begin to see strange mutations break out amongst both the people and the animals. Something was going on in Peridido beach before the FAYZ and as a result this thrilling tale takes many twists and turns and now on the second book I am still not sure what I am going to find out.

It’s hard to pin point who the main characters in this story are. There are quite a lot of characters to keep track of but they all play an important role so they were definitely worth writing. Grant 
doesn't waste time with characters that make little impact, the rule of thumb from my point of view is if he mentions someone new with quite a bit of detail then keep your eyes on that character as they will play an important role. The story follows the journey as the kids left behind in the FAYZ adapt in order to survive. Violence ensues as young children fight for power over each other. Sam is the hero of the story, the one everyone wants to be in charge but he is reluctant to take power. Caine is against Sam and seeks to claim all the power as his own. All the while they head ever closer to their fifteenth birthday when they will simply disappear.

The use of a countdown as the chapter titles means the story moves at a very intense and fast pace and keeps you wanting to figure out what the countdown is for and what will happen when you get to 0. This countdown theme is the same for each of the books and helps to keep the pace snappy from book one to two.

I would recommend this book for any keen science fantasy readers and particularly those who like to get hooked into a book. I am sincerely hoping the rest of the series 
doesn't disappoint!

Run and get yourself a copy!

Currently Reading: Oksa Pollock by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf


  1. Thanks for that lovely review.

    If my readers are any judges the rest of the series is actually better.

  2. Thank you :)
    I really loved the book and enjoyed Hunger as well. Hope to get my hands on a copy of Lies very soon.