Book Review: LIGHT ****with spoilers!****

light coverAuthor: Michael Grant

Number of Pages: 411

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: April 2, 2013

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAIN SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE GONE SERIES IN ITS ENTIRETY, THEN YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO READ THIS POST. I WILL BE POSTING A REVIEW OF THIS BOOK WITHOUT SPOILERS SHORTLY. THANKS!

“It’s been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana’s malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.”

– Goodreads.com

I have been a fan of this series for years, so I was very excited and anxious for this book to be written and released. Naturally, I was excited for this installment in the series to be published, because I obviously wanted to find out what happened to the characters- who would live, and who would not? Would Gaia defeat the other mutants in the FAYZ, or would Sam, Brianna, Dekka, Lana, and the rest of the gang end up victorious? Would the relationship between Edilio and Roger develop even more than it already has, or will it crumble under the pressure of the FAYZ? I was very excited to finally have all of my questions (or most of them, at least) answered. However, at the same time I also felt anxious- nervous, almost. Michael Grant is one of my favorite authors, and after writing five amazing books in this series I didn’t want the last one to fall flat. It wasn’t that I didn’t have faith in Michael Grant- in fact, that is far from the truth. I know that he is more than capable of writing a great ending. The problem was that I didn’t know if my expectations were too high or unrealistic. There were certain things that I wanted to happen  with the characters in the story, but they might not have been what he had in mind for them.

But I am extremely happy to say that all of that worry was for nothing, because Light proved to be nothing shy of satisfying! It’s not often that the last book of a series leaves me with a sense of completion and contentment, yet that is what I felt after I finished reading this novel. Were there many surprises? Yes. Were all of my questions answered? Mostly. Did everything go down like I wanted it to? No, but the ending that Michael Grant went with was better than any that my own imagination could have thought of. And to me, that was the greatest thing about reading this novel- knowing that I wouldn’t have to rant angrily to the people of the internet about how it was a disappointment.

For me, the character that surprised me the most in this book was Caine. I always thought that he had a very evil mind- not as evil as Drake, because Caine still had some humanity left, but evil nonetheless. However, the things that Caine did in this book totally made me change my mind about him. First, he sacrificed himself so that the FAYZ wall could come down. This is such a big transformation from King Caine, who used to treat his peers as though they were his slaves. And even though he did it because he wanted to go down in a “blaze of glory” as he put it, I still think that there was a part of him that did it because he knew that it was the right thing to do. AND THEN THERE WERE THE LETTERS!!!!! I couldn’t believe that Caine thought that far in advance before he sacrificed himself to Little Pete. It was so considerate and kind… and so unlike King Caine. Ultimately, the letters were what made me realize the large magnitude of change that Caine went through over the course of the series.

I loved this book. I don’t really know how to say it any other way. It was the perfect ending to an amazing series. It was not filled with happiness, nor did it have a fairy tale ending. But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a great novel.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys. (That sort of goes without saying.)

Would I recommend it to a friend?: ABSOLUTELY.

Yours,

HOLLY

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