Saturday, April 2, 2011

Gone by Michael Grant

Pages: 558
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenges: 350 Page Challenge
Release Date: July 1, 2008

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 . . .

Stars: 5/5
Cover: A

From the first sentence in this book, Michael Grant pulls you into this book, and completely captures your attention.

Even though this book is well over 500 pages long, there was so much action, and intense moments in the plot, that the story just flew by, and it turned out being an extremely fast read.

This is the third time I've read this book, and I've loved it even more each time. I just can't even express in words how much I love this series. It's one of my all-time favorites (yes, it's almost up there with Harry Potter).

There were many different characters in this book, and I loved the variety of physical appearances and personalities that Grant gave them. When I have a lot of different characters thrown at me in a book, I tend to get them confused with one another. But in Gone, Michael Grant managed to not confuse me at all, and I really knew who each individual character was.

Sam was a really great hero/main character. I liked that he wasn't all gung-ho about being the leader, and I was shown the dark side, and of everyone looking to you to solve every one of their problems.

Gone was such a unique, intense, and wonderful read. There are a lot of descriptions (but not so much that they take you out of the book), so you really get a feel for the strange world you're reading about. Grant really made this book incredibly realistic, and it felt like the things that were happening in the book were completely possible, and in fact, quite probable.

The ending to Gone was one of those that leaves you with a little bit of hope that maybe things will start looking up, but also a little bit of doubt.

I LOVE the covers to this entire series, mostly because I adore covers where the models actually look like the characters described. In this case, there are FOUR characters from the book in it.

Lovely Line:
"One minute the teacher was there, talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone.



No 'poof.' No flash of light. No explosion."
(Page 1)

The Final Verdict:
I recommend this series to anyone and everyone who wants a read that completely takes them out of reality, and into a fantasy world that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

FTC: Bought.


  1. I loved gone and I've got Hunger sitting around here that I can't wait to read. I love the series, very different.

  2. The uniqueness about it is one of my favorite things!
    And you should definitely read Hunger ASAP. I just finished it (for the third time :P) and it was SUCH a fantastic book. :D

  3. I bought this, this week but we have a really different cover for it!! I look forward to reading it though!


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