Author: Michel Grant
Book #: 1 in the “Gone” series
Publication: June 2008 by Katherine Tegen Books
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…
Synopsis from Goodreads.com
“That’s your solution? Have a cookie?’ Astrid asked. ‘No, my solution is to run down to the beach and hide out until this is all over,’ Sam said. ‘But a cookie never hurts.”
This book got straight into action! From the very first sentence things were starting to happen and I was immediately intrigued! The idea was really great and had a lot of potential from the beginning. I mean, suddenly everyone who is over 15 years old disappears and no one has any idea what’s going on, how this happened and what should be done next!
Obviously all the characters of the book are going to be children under 15 years old, but I can’t say that this bothered me, even though I’m 22 years old! They were actually behaving more like 17-year-olds in my opinion, but I can also imagine that in a situation like that some people would act a bit more maturely. The main character is a boy named Sam. I can’t say I’m a big fan of Sam’s character. I very much prefered Astrid who was the love interest. She was a really smart girl, also called Astrid the genius, had a really strong character, but also a soft side, that we could see through the way she was taking care of her little brother.
The downside of this book was that it was so very long! With almost 600 pages it took me a while to get through the whole thing, even though it was very interesting from cover to cover. I feel like there could be some things left out, so that the book would be a bit smaller and a bit less intimidating.
All in all, I would recommend this book to a number of people and I want to continue with the series, but after I take a small break and read a few other stories first!
One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War.
Recommend it for…
- Fans of supernatural fiction
- Adults, teens and middleschoolers (it could just apply to anyone)