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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequel! Aug. 30 2008

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+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First in a series, this is gonna be good... Aug. 20 2008
By H. Bala
- Caine (being all condescending): "So, your father disappears and you don't even want to know why? Interesting. Me, I've always wanted to know who my real parents were."
- 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 30 2008
This is my first exposure to Michael Grant's writing, and he totally blew me away. Maybe it was because I am partial to the sci-fi/fantasy genre, but truthfully I don't think that had anything to do with it. This story was just.... WOW!

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
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 more
Published 12 months ago by ysg_007
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for young kids!!
Revision after reading Light, the final book of the Series:

This series is not for young kids. It is full of killing, maiming, torture, starvation and death. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SERIES OUT THERE
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 more
Published 16 months ago by YA to Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Grant's Gone (and told a good story)
"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 more
Published on Nov. 20 2011 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a must read
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 more
Published on Aug. 22 2011 by Karoline
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the concept
This is a great book once you get past the inference of what is happening to the small children and babies in the book- the ones no one checked on until is was too late... Read more
Published on May 28 2011 by Mama S
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Pros: good pacing, lots of action and plot twists, interesting and realistic (if sometimes infuriating) characters

Cons: I wanted the kids to do the smart thing - rather... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2011 by Jessica Strider
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss the chance to read this book!
I don't think I could have enjoyed this book more. Honestly and truly, it was a fantastic book, much more so than I originally had anticipated. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2010 by Ria (Bibliotropic)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book... great supplier
My 12 year old son and I both enjoyed this book so much we bought the sequel 'Hunger' which my 12 year old read in just a few days because it was really good as well.
Published on May 13 2010 by Lil
5.0 out of 5 stars A review WITHOUT spoilers.
After reading the first pages, I was determined to find out more about this new world called the FAYZ. This book really leaves you hanging off your seat. Read more
Published on July 9 2009 by aghostdream
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