Book Review: LIGHT (without spoilers)

light coverAuthor: Michael Grant

Number of Pages: 411

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: April 2, 2013

“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.”


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 Sam crumble under the stress of being one of the leaders in the FAYZ, or would he rise up and face his fears? Would the FAYZ wall finally come down, or would the children remain forever stuck in confinement, trapped like caged animals?  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.

One thing that really stood out to me in this book was the great depth that the characters had. Their back-stories and pasts are so complicated and detailed that it sometimes feels as though they are real people. I know it might sound a bit crazy, but if you read the book I’m sure you would understand. Also, many characters went through major transformations personality-wise in this book. Caine is definitely at the top of that list. Some others are Diana, Astrid, and Sam. It’s refreshing to read books in which significant character development takes place. In my opinion, I think that it is boring to read about a character whose personality never changes at all. People change in real life, so I think that characters should change as well.

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.




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