*WARNING: This review contains spoilers of all the books in the Gone series, including Light.
Light is the 6th and final book in the best selling Gone series by Michael Grant. Filled with action, suspense and shocking revelations, Light, and the rest of the Gone series, represent dystopian thrillers at their best.
All eyes are on Perdido Beach. The barrier wall is now as clear as glass and life in the FAYZ is visible for the entire outside world to see. Life inside the dome remains a constant battle and the darkness, away from watchful eyes, grows and grows...
The society that Sam and Astrid have struggled so hard to build is about to be shattered for good. Who will survive to see the light of day?
I received the first three books in the Gone series as a Christmas present. I wasn't much into reading at that time, but I have to say, the UK/Ireland cover looked brilliant! So I gave them a go. Well, ever since then I've become a book addict. And I want to say this, thank you Michael for bringing the love of reading into my life. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!
So, after I finished Gone, Hunger, and Lies I rushed to the book store to pick up Plague and Fear. I was completely hooked in, I couldn't escape the FAYZ! I only had to wait a short while for Light to come out, and I got it the first day it was released. I started reading straight away, I was so excited! Well now I've finished it and I can't believe this amazing series has come to an end.
So, lets get started!
"88 HOURS 39 MINUTES"
As I was reading Light, I felt so many different things. I was shocked, scared, upset, amazed, heartbroken and most of all, Michael you achieved your goal because I was definitely creeped out. It wouldn't be a Gone novel without the gore, and boy was it gory. But luckily, after the worst of the disgusting, freaky moments in Plague, I was sorta used to it. I'm not a huge fan of young violence and gore, but before I read Light, I said to myself Jack, you know there will be some gory moments in this book. Just accept it and enjoy Light. And I did.
One of the things I love most about the Gone series is how developed the characters are. And by the time I arrived at Light, I felt like I knew each character personally. That says a lot, when you feel so connected to each character in a book. I felt like I was part of the FAYZ too. I cared for the characters, sympathized for them. If I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be either Lana or Brianna (Breeze). They were both so strong-willed. Lana was the tough girl who had her soft sides, as we see her grow throughout the series. Brianna was confident, even with her innocence, and sometimes naivety. She always believed in herself, but cared for others too. My least favorite characters would have to be Drake and Orc. Drake is just sadistic, and I've already explained how I'm not a huge fan of young gore, especially when some sadistic little boy enjoys torturing other kids and making them suffer. Orc, well I just found him annoying. From being a high school bully, to a lazy drunk, and finally a guilty, religiously-obsessed Christian. Each version of him I found irritating. But it shows how great a writer Michael Grant is, because I loved characters and hated characters. Either way, I felt something for them, whether it be anger, awe, or any emotion.
"It's all come down to this. THE ENDGAME."
I felt Light's story line was unique, different to the rest of the books in the series. It wasn't about trying to crack the code that is the FAYZ, or fighting for leadership in a divided community, or figuring out a way to organise their society so they can work together. Light was about defeating the Gaiaphage, the monster of the FAYZ, and awaiting their fate. The barrier was clear, everyone knew it was the endgame. They just didn't know whether they'd survive it.
I was very worried that there would be a cliffhanger ending, and we'd be left wondering for the rest of our lives how the aftermath of the FAYZ went. Luckily, and many of the people who've read Light will agree with me, this ending was one of the most satisfying I've ever read. Phew!
There were definitely some shockers in the story. Some heartbreaking, some just plain weird, like how the Gaiaphage came to be, and some that made you feel fantastically surprised! At times I was close to tears, especially when Brianna died. As I said, she was one of my favorite characters and her bravery outshone everyone else. All the other characters realised how important she was, and how loved, when she was actually gone. And I think it says a lot if I'm close to tears because of a book. It just proves how connected I was to the characters. Although the ending was satisfying, Michael still left something to toy with our minds! I had to read over the last page a couple of times before I processed what I was reading. I still don't really get it, but eh?
"'Turn out the light, Sam.'
Sam reached for the switch and turned out the light."
One thing that I missed in Light, was the mystery of the FAYZ. That was the thing that always intrigued me. Suddenly, everyone over the age of fifteen disappears and huge barrier pops up from nowhere, surrounding everything and everyone inside a 20 mile radius. It was so odd. And all the theories different characters were coming up with were so interesting, and surprising. I was very intrigued by the mysterious side of the Gone series. That's why Gone and Lies are my favorites of the series, a large amount of their story lines were filled with the mystery and lies about this unimaginable dome they were trapped in. So, I guess, maybe I would of liked the mystery to continue on into Light. It was the shortest book of the series after all. I'm sure Michael could've fit it in. But that's just in my opinion.
Another thing, which you probably picked up already (I think I mentioned it a few times!), is that I didn't like the gore. There's just something about kids ripping each other to shreds, mutated bugs eating helpless young children from the inside out, a poor boy ripping the eyes out of his head because a girl with the power to create terrible illusions punishes him with her magic, and a monstrous baby ripping the arm off an innocent man and eating it for dinner, that's just plain disturbing. But Michael said it was his goal to creep us out, and again, he definitely achieved his goal.
"You are now free to leave the FAYZ."
When I read those words I almost got a bit emotional. I felt like I was a part of the Gone series. I was fighting alongside Sam and Caine, and trying to work out the FAYZ with Astrid, and working alongside Dahra and Lana to heal the injured. A truly brilliant set of characters and an epic story line.
Light is still one of my favorites in the series. The name definitely suits the book. Light, all is revealed and everything is explained. The cover was also amazing! The cover for every book in the series is great, actually. They are the most intriguing covers I think I've ever seen. Light, on top of the great story line, has a fantastic cover and title. It was a great ending to a brilliant series!
Overall, Light was a wondrous read. I'll definitely be reading the whole Gone series again some day. I've read a couple of Michael Grant's other works, including Eve and Adam, which I loved! I will be looking into his future works too. Again, I just want to say thank you so much Michael, for bringing the love of reading back into my life with such an enjoyable series!
I have now left the FAYZ... but I'll be back!show more