Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Gone



Michael Grant and his wife, Katherine Applegate, have been writing for young adults for roughly two decades. Their story ideas have always been consistently clever and original. However, their strongest point by far is the ability to create a diverse range of characters who stay believable no matter how insane and unbelievable the world around them becomes. This allows the reader to easily slip into the shoes of any given character and become more engrossed by the simple question, "what if it was me?"

In the case of Michael Grant's Gone, a mysterious impenetrable barrier surrounds a small coastal town in the US, and anybody over the age of 15 simply vanishes into thin air. A heavy burden of responsibility falls on the oldest kids to try and impose some order over the chaos that follows while they try to understand how this could have happened. Meanwhile, some of the kids are developing weird powers, and a war is brewing between the local kids and the students of a nearby academy for the wealthy and troubled.
Still, the biggest question for Sam Temple is, what will happen to him when his fifteenth birthday arrives?

Described by some as Lord of the Flies meets The X-Men, this book is very difficult to put down as the tension continues to rise and just enough of your questions are answered to keep you guessing and telling yourself, "one more chapter then I go to sleep." Although, who knows? Maybe you'd have a stronger sense of willpower than I do.

Stephen King loved it, I loved it, what more do you want? Go read this!


-Mykal

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi All,

I LOVED this book too!!! The second book in the series is 'Hunger' and the third book - 'Lies' is now available. So place your holds to ensure a copy.
Cheers julie @ pakenham

Anonymous said...

Hi All,

I LOVED this book too!!! The second book in the series is 'Hunger' and the third - 'Lies' is now available. So hurry and place your holds to ensure a copy.
Cheers julie @ pakenham

 
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