Gone Paperback – Apr 8 2014
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“Extraordinarily skillful pacing, which leaves the reader constantly on the verge of a new discovery.” (KLIATT)
“A tour de force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless.” (Booklist (starred review))
“If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this novel.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
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In the blink of an eye.
Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is 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 and war is imminent.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.See all Product Description
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Michael Grant, co-author of Animorphs and Everworld, has combined and revisited several elements from various stories and created a unique and exciting new universe with his newest book series, 'GONE'. Imagine the kids from the 'Lord of the Flies' set in a dome like town, like from the comic book series 'Girls', in a modern day where cell phones or the internet are no longer available, where there is no direct contact from the outside world, right along with no adult supervision what so ever. Now, with a limited supply of food and no moral code or authority to follow by, hype them up on the Mutant X-Gene and leave them on their own. Pretty scary stuff, right?
Gone is, simply put, an insane book. Surprisingly gruesome, flying from one twist to the next. I have to admit that I did see about half of the twists coming while reading through, but that's simply because I read a lot and there is hardly ever anything that truly surprises me anymore. Gone, however, still does not disappoint, and likely won't for anyone who reads it. There are some very sick (adjective, not slang) crazy moments in here, but that just makes the book all the more better.
I like that there is no sugar coating, just the plain reality of the situation, everything from the dumping of dead baby bodies to the sawing off of someone's arm to save their life. Nothing is sacred once everyone is GONE, and every topic seems like fair game once this book starts to build momentum. It's what sets it apart as one of the more successful YA books out right now, in my opinion. The entire thing is so epic and oozing of awesome that it's hard not to imagine a movie adaptation not too far behind.
A definite recommend read and buy from me. I can't wait for the sequel. A+
- Sam: "Let me guess: you're secretly a wizard who was raised by muggles."
Every now and then I get blindsided. I really had no expectations for GONE when I first picked it up, and certainly I didn't expect to become so caught up in the book. GONE is Michael Grant's first entry in his new YA series, and it just might be the juice I've been looking for to accomodate what I like to call my "Harry Potter fix." If you're like me, then GONE just may also be your huckleberry. 558 pages of this thing, and I tore thru it in a day and a night.
It only takes a moment to shatter a world, change it irrevocably and forever. One day, all the adults and kids older than 14 simply vanished, leaving the younger children stranded in the suddenly desolate tiny town of Perdido Beach, California. Then a shimmering, impenetrable wall is discovered, a wall which spans all the way around Perdido Beach, and up and below, in effect sealing off the town and its outskirts from the rest of the world (if they're even still in their own world).
No grown-ups. No doctors, no firefighters, policemen, or teachers. No parents. Left to fend for themselves, several of the children try to make do. But it's hard to do the right thing when you're ill equipped to handle adult responsibilities and the bullies are swaggering. But then even the local thugs are forced to fall in line when the students of the creepy Coates Academy come to town. The Coates retinue is led by the charismatic teenager Caine, who promptly takes control of the Perdido Beach community, to the relief of many.Read more ›
This series is not for young kids. It is full of killing, maiming, torture, starvation and death. If you can handle those things, then I would highly recommend this series. Some authors write about reality and it doesn't seem believable. Michael Grant writes about things that could never happen in reality and you believe every word. He does a marvelous job of creating this world.
The day starts out like every other day for the kids of Perdido Beach...get out of bed, get ready for the day, head to school. Then the unimaginable happens - in the blink of an eye, everyone over the age of 15 is gone. The kids don't know what happened. They don't know when the adults are coming back. They don't know what horrors they will be facing. They don't know what they are capable of......but they'll soon find out.
This is not just a survival story, it's not just a story about good versus evil. It's a story about the good and bad in everyone. When pushed to the extremes, what would you do? What would children do? When the realization hits that food doesn't just happen, there are no doctors to heal you, there are no police to stop bad things from happening to you...you may be surprised what you are capable of and who you really are. Throw in some super-powers and you have a story like none I have read to date.
Imagine sitting in class one day, maybe you are paying attention to your teacher, maybe you are daydreaming about surfing, then all of a sudden your teacher disappears. What would you do?
It just so happens that this very scenario happens to Sam Temple in his history class. It turns out his teacher isn't the only one missing; everyone over the age of thirteen is missing. Not just missing but disappeared. No cell phones, no television, no Internet. Poof, gone!
Sam has been in a horrific experience like this before. Well, maybe not exactly like this. Sam had saved a bunch of kids on a school bus after the driver had a heart attack, good ole' School Bus Sam. Sam was a natural leader, but he didn't feel like it. Now everyone is looking up to him for answers, but all Sam feels is guilt. Guilt because there is a possibility that this was his fault. Sam has this little problem -- he can shoot beams of light and burn people's hands off. Literally. But I guess things like that happen when you live in Fallout Alley.
Thankfully, Sam isn't alone. He has his best friend and surfer brah, Quinn; the genius, Astrid, who Sam has secret feelings for; and the faithful and dependable Edilio.
Of course, in any untamed civilization, there is always a power struggle, those who have it and those who want to take it away. It turns out that Sam isn't the only one who has "powers." When the kids from the private school, Coates Academy, show up, Sam and Astrid realize there is something more going on.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Not a memorable book. The storyline was somewhat weak and the characters not well developed.Published 2 months ago by Bach
“We didn't Make this World we're just the Poor Fools who are living in it.”
Gone every adult is simply gone. Read more
Gr34t b00k m8 I r8 it 10/10- w0u1d r34d 4g41n this book was great I read it in like a day it was so goodPublished 8 months ago by Rosemary Brassard
I swear this what the dome from stephen king was based on. This story is hard gritty and amazing. Love Micheal Grant!Published 14 months ago by Hope Melissa Gulseth
Gone was a book that you probably would never find too boring. Everyone over 15 is gone, and all the children are trapped in a dome, which is called FAYS. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2013 by ysg_007
I know its a little late, but I figured that now that Light has come out I'd review this series. I've read the books as they have come out, and I can honestly say it has been my... Read morePublished on June 9 2013 by YA to Z
"Gone" surpassed my expectations (which had built during the two years I thought about reading it and recommending it to everyone else) with good good guys, good villains, and good... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2011 by Chris
The sheer size of this book at first may seem daunting. However the story istelf is so well written and so interesting, you don't realize how far into the novel you got until you... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2011 by Karoline
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