In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young: Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. And just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to figure out what's happened. And no way to get help.
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 will disappear just like everyone else.
Character Development: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 67/70
Cussing: None for the most part.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Teen drinking and alcoholism, teen smoking, overuse of medication.
Sexual Content: Vague mention, but no actual content.
Disturbing Images/Violence: The entire concept is rather creepy--graphic murder of children; children murdering; lots of child-against-child violence and bloody stuff; intense sadism and psychopathic characteristics of one teen; teen bulimia; mentions child abuse.
This book is quite an intense adventure. Told with a startling believability and ease, Michael Grant's GONE is a twisted tale of terrifying catastrophe. Complete with everything from a carefully realistic hero to heartwarming yet convincing romance and an abundance of drama, action, and all the crises of a teenage world in turmoil.
GONE has a hypnotizing cast of characters, from the true-to-form heroic Sam to the creepily psycopathic Drake and the all-powerful and frightening Caine. I connected with them effortlessly! Each character, no matter how small, got their say in this book, and the effect was perfect. Just intimate enough to be real, just real enough to be eerie. And that's the thing--they were all eerily real. Even those despicable antagonists were abundantly human and easily fourteen. I didn't find them too mature or too childish, but just right.
And the story--phew! There's a lot of thought and consideration behind this one. It's so strange and perplexing and awry. What on earth is the point of all this? What exactly is going on? Even after 558 pages of fascinating (yet quick) reading, I still don't know. The end was just mysterious enough to intrigue, but resolved enough to satisfy. But that's the best part: The series still has five more books to go!