Book Review: GONE

gone coverAuthor: Michael Grant

Number of Pages: 558

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: June 24, 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…”

– Goodreads.com

The first time I read this book was several years ago when it had just been published. I was part of a book club at my school at the time, and our advisor recommended this to us. I instantly fell in love with it, and so I knew that I would feel the same way when I read it for the second time. Michael Grant’s writing style is very fast-paced, which works perfectly with this genre and story line. Also, one thing that really sticks out about this novel is that there are many, many characters, yet each one is extremely unique. In my opinion, one of Grant’s major strengths is the depth his characters have and the development that they go through as the story progresses. It’s almost as if they are real people that he has met, and he’s just writing their stories down on paper. And it’s crazy how in tune he is with the minds of teenagers! Most of the main characters in this book are around fifteen years old, give or take a few years. You would think that some of the thought processes of the characters would be slightly off, but they are really spot on! It makes it a lot easier to relate to the characters when they seem like actual people, even though the setting is very unusual.

Overall, Gone is a great novel, one that I definitely enjoyed reading again. Michael Grant is an excellent writer, and I can’t wait to see what he publishes in the future.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes! However, some of the violence in this novel can get a bit graphic, so if you are squeamish about that sort of stuff than you might want to be cautious. But it’s really not that bad- if you can get through the Hunger Games, then you can get through this!

Yours,

HOLLY

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