Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lies by Michael Grant

Pages: 447
Publisher: Harper Collins
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenges: 350 Page Challenge
Release Date: May 4, 2011

It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.
As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Stars: 4.5/5
Cover: A

I am absolutely in love with this entire series, and have been since my first time reading Gone, the first book in the series, a couple of years ago. Even though every book in the series has been massive so far, the story is worth every page.

Lies is the third book in the series, and is one of the most fast-paced books in the Gone series so far. For the last half of the book, there's constant action, but Michael Grant does it in a way that readers are able to absorb it enough, and experience the feelings that the characters do, before moving on to the next action scene.

This whole series is full of moments that you're sitting on the edge of your chair, holding your breath, and unable to tear your eyes away from the page. Michael Grant is the master of suspense and twisted plot lines.

This book is written in third person, but in a bunch of different perspectives. I love how when Michael Grant is in the view of Drake, the sadistic boy with the whip hand, he writes from Drake's point of view, showing his thoughts the way he would think them. Another example of this is when he writes in Little Pete's, Astrid's autistic little brother, point of view, the sentences are short and repetitive.

I love the covers to all of the books in the series, especially since they have the models representing and looking vry similar to the way they are described in the books. The one thing I would change about this cover is how old Astrid looks, because she's supposed to be a fourteen year old girl. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the girl on the cover does not look fourteen.

Lovely Line:
Brianna dropped the skateboard in front of Sam. "Don't worry: I won't let you fall off."

"Yeah? Then why'd you bring the helmet?"

Brianna tossed it to him. "In case you fall off."

The Final Verdict:
Lies was a big step up from the second book in the series, Hunger, which was still amazing. I love everything about this series, and I definitely recommend you read this series.

Other Books In This Series:
Gone by Michael Grant
Hunger by Michael Grant

FTC: Bought.


  1. I haven't read anything in this series, but it sounds good. Thanks for the review!

  2. You're right, she doesn't look fourteen, she looks 17. I liked this one.

  3. i was wondering if you could figure out who the models on the cover are.. i am in LOVE with the model for Sam! thanks!

  4. This book was soo good! But I've been trying to figure out.. who are the two kids on the back of the cover?

  5. I've been searching for my pixelated boyfriend (Sam Model) for years. Trust me you wont find him... Plus if you do, I call Dibs!

  6. Who's on the back cover?! My best guess is Orsay and Drake, but that's just throwing guesses up in the air.

  7. This series is fantastic! i luv the covers but the kids look more like they're eighteen than fourteen.

  8. The people on the cover definitely look older than they're described in the book but they still look perfect for their roles XD

    I also want to know who the models are on the cover.... Sam looks hooooot :3

    I think the characters at the back are Brittney and.... the guy is covered with dirt so I'm guessing it's... Edilio? or Drake? coz maybe it's the Edilio who just got out of the fire, OR Drake who is still dirty from being buried?

  9. The model's name for sam is erich hayes!

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