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DescriptionCarries EU Toy Safety Directive 'Unsuitable for children ages 0-3' warning logo. Suddenly there are no adults, no answers. What would you do? In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive. But everyone's idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power ...Even kill. For Sam and Astrid, it is a race against time as they try to solve the questions that now dominate their lives ...What is the mysterious wall that has encircled the town of Perdido Beach and trapped everyone within? Why have some kids developed strange powers? And can they defeat Caine and his gang of bullies before they turn fifteen and disappear too? It isn't until the world collapses around you that you find out what kind of person you really are. A chilling portrayal of a world with no rules. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes.
- Published: 03 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 576 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781405242356 ISBN 10: 1405242353
- Sales rank: 701
Reviews for Gone
At first, this story seems reminiscent of Stephen King's The Dome. A town is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious dome-shaped barrier that cuts through the landscape and shocks when touched. However, this is where the similarities end.
In Gone, everybody over the age of fifteen disappears, leaving the children inside the dome (or what will come to be known as the FAYZ) to cope for themselves. In a Lord of the Flies type scenario, cliques begin to form. One side, ruled by the town bullies, is cruel. The other side, humane. Worse, some of the kids develop supernatural powers, and the animals begin to mutate in ways that make them more dangerous.
If you liked The Dome or Lord of the Flies, you will love Gone. As thrilling as either, and more enjoyable than both, Gone will linger i your mind long after you are done reading, leaving you craving to learn more, more, more about life in the FAYZ. Michael Grant is an awesome author and I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series! by Nurture Waratah
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Gone = 4 Stars
The concept of this story is pretty much a large-scale, modern, fantasy/sci-fi version of The Lord of The Flies... but the story itself is way more engaging (in my humble opinion).
This story takes place in a small town called Perdido Beach. The story is told mainy from the POV of Sam, a fourteen (nearly fifteen) year old surfer who doesn't like to be in the spotlight. He is quite well-known throughout the town though, as he once saved a bus-load of kids when the driver had a heart attack.
He is known to be cool in a crisis, a hero, so of course when everyone fifteen and over disappears it is Sam that the kids look to for a plan, for leadership.Being as stunned and scared as everyone else he has nothing to offer, so instead helps his friend Astrid "The Genius" to find her four year old autistic brother, Little Pete.
First of all, I would like to commend Michael Grant for his portrayal of Little Pete. My brother is severely autistic and I found Little Pete's behavior to be quite accurate. Apparently Michael Grant's wife, K. A. Applegate (author of the well known Animorphs series, among other things) volunteered with autistic children, so his research came from her.
I also find the way the characters react to all adults disappearing to be pretty realistic. The littlies cry for a long time, some of the older ones cry too, more try to hold it all in, some turn to drugs, one relapses into bulimia and a few find it as their chance to be boss over everybody and show extreme cruelty.
Though the novel tends to get a bit slow at times, I had no problem with the length becoming boring (and it is quite long). Instead I found myself enthralled by the story, wanting to read on as quick as possible in the hope of finding out exactly what is going on here?, what did that look mean? how did this happen?
Overall I think that Gone deserves 4 out of 5 stars. I'm keen to read the next book in the series; Hunger. by Amy Mansell