- Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 40mm | 500g
- Publication date: 3 September 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1405242353
- ISBN 13: 9781405242356
- Illustrations note: black & white maps
- Sales rank: 733
Carries 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.
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Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states of the USA, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets.
By Nurture Waratah 16 Sep 2013
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 Amy Mansell 14 Jan 2010
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.
"'One of the best books I've read for a very long time' Rachel Airey, bookseller; 'Engrossing, riveting and unputdownable' Karen Hellewell, bookseller; 'Gone...is an excellent mystery, boldly conceived and with a plot teenagers will revel in...it's going to be big' Bookseller; 'a tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless' Booklist; 'If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this' Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review); 'OMG. This book will keep you up all night like it did me' Booklover12, amazon.com"
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