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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 1848412991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848412996
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3.6 x 22.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Aug. 30 2008
Format: Hardcover
SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT OWN RISK!!

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 By H. Bala on Aug. 20 2008
Format: Hardcover
- 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on Aug. 30 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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