Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Plague (Gone, #4)” as Want to Read:
Plague (Gone, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Plague (Gone #4)

by
4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  39,304 Ratings  ·  1,791 Reviews
It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in
...more
Hardcover, 494 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Plague, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Blair I'd have to go with team Sam. I like him a lot better than Caine so far.
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareForever by Maggie StiefvaterSilence by Becca FitzpatrickPassion by Lauren Kate
YA Novels of 2011
31st out of 1,167 books — 7,029 voters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne CollinsDivergent by Veronica RothMockingjay by Suzanne CollinsThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA Dystopia Novels
58th out of 1,104 books — 10,073 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Gemma
Jul 08, 2011 Gemma rated it really liked it
POST READING UPDATE:

Why do I do this to myself? Even as I was checking it out from the library, I was berating myself for my lack of common sense. Checking out a book I am fully aware will terrify me...

And it did. Not as much as the others, because I read it quickly and in the daylight, but I have the feeling I'm going to be checking the far corners of my room for glowing green lights and being freaked out by the lightbulb on my smoke detector...

Honestly... were this any other book, it would ha
...more
Emily May


This book pretty much completely overruled everything negative I may have said about Lies. The last book seemed like the series was running out of juice and I found it impossible to believe that Grant could sustain the story throughout the 3 more books he had planned. But alas, all is forgiven and Plague was pretty much awesome, apart from some of the same old annoying factors that got on my nerves before in Gone and Hunger. Books 1 and 2 built up this overall plot about the radiation effects f
...more
Alli
Apr 23, 2011 Alli rated it it was amazing
OMFG. this was amazing. i loved it. great character development, action-packed plot....just wow.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
For the most part, Plague was just as entertaining and action-packed as its predecessors.
To be honest, though, I'm starting to have an issue with the determined length of this series.
You see, I kind of wish this series would only be 5 books, instead of, like, 6. Knowing that there are (at least) two more books to go before any kind of resolution hits is rather exhausting.
I loved Gone and thought Hunger was very well-done, but starting with Lies, the series started to take on an almost soap-opera
...more
Mitchel Broussard
My favorite ongoing series of the past couple of years continues with Plague, and proves that the first three books were no fluke. This is just as action-packed, jaw-dropping and lightning-paced as the first books. And a TON bloodier.

So it's been eight months since every adult disappeared and the impenetrable dome descended on the sleepy town of Perdido Beach. Throughout fires, horrid blood-baths, mutating monsters, and freak evolutions in the kids, the town has survived. The very unstable soci
...more
Rachel
May 13, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
Eh....
I read the first book of the series and loved it. Second, a tad less. Third, I started to hate the characters and find some mistakes in the writing. And now I'm just reading it to see how it ends. I mean, it's a good book, it just has a lot of stuff going on.
Things that bother me:
1) The amount of characters. He just keeps throwing them at you! There's so many that when they reappear in the story line I have to text my friend so she can remind me who they are!
2) In this book, Brianna was s
...more
Emma  Hoke
Mar 30, 2011 Emma Hoke rated it really liked it
Plague, out of all the four Gone novels, was definitely the most graphic and harsh, but very realistic. The thing I like about Michael Grant is that he doesn't gloss over stuff, but dives right into it-- the characters, the plot, the drama, was all perfectly detailed and well- written. I like how the author goes between different kids in all his books, because it lets the readers get a good feel of what everyone is going through. The kids were all very relateable, to me, with all their strengths ...more
smoreads
Aug 21, 2010 smoreads rated it it was amazing
My, how I love the Gone novels. If you haven't given these books a try yet, they come with my highest & most sincere recommendation. They are fast-paced & high-intensity, but at the same time, incredibly thoughtful books.

However, out of all the four novels, be warned: Plague wins the gross-out award, for sure. Let's just say that the "plague" is not your average virus (and tbh, it isn't even the least of the kids' worries). The must-look-away-CAN'T-LOOK-AWAY horror of Plague achieves so
...more
Cisz Strasters
Dec 14, 2015 Cisz Strasters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Het verhaal word echt steeds beter, gekker en bizarder!!!! Tot 1:15 liggen lezen vanacht, boek MOEST uit! Wat gebeurt er met Pete? Drake is terug?! Wtf is er met Hunter aan de hand (echt jeuk gehad tijdens het lezen)? Knapt er nu eindelijk eens iets in Astrid? En nutella!!!

Zo genoeg om jullie nieuwsgierig te maken, en nu lezen!!! Hup!
Taylor
Apr 20, 2011 Taylor rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book yesterday...it only took me two days to read all 492 pages. And believe me when I say, this was one of the best uses of paper and ink ever!

Warning: there are a TON of spoilers!

I've been anxious for this book to come out since the minute I finished "Lies," which, at the time, was my favorite of the Gone series. Sorry, "Lies," but you have been replaced by "Plague" as my new Gone series fave.

With non-stop action, crazy plot twists, confusing relationships, freakish bugs,
...more
Hannah
Jun 19, 2011 Hannah rated it it was ok
Three words to describe this book... No, scratch that. Three words to describe this entire series: violent, melodramatic, and drawn-out.

This book was pretty much exactly like the other books. Things go from bad to worse, of course. More minor people die, the main protagonists continue to live, and new issues continue to present themselves. No new ground is made in breaking out of the FAYZ. But this entire plot follows along the same exact freakin' lines as the other books. Yeah, the hurdles are
...more
Brittany Grace
May 25, 2014 Brittany Grace rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
The first book in this series was amazing and one of the best books I've read. Sadly, this series seems to be one in which the quality of the book declines with each sequel. This book was entirely too graphic with the descriptions of the plague and the bugs. I did not appreciate that; in fact, it made me sick to my stomach at some points and I had to put the book down for fear of losing my lunch. I realize that Michael Grant is trying to be realistic with the types of problems these characters w ...more
Ishy
Oct 04, 2010 Ishy marked it as to-read
Just to clarify (because I WISH Michael Grant would!!!)

The guy on the back is NOT Zil and is NOT Drake. Drake is blond with grey eyes as observed by Orsay in HUNGER. Zil is not INDIAN!
SANJIT!!! is on the back of LIES. Look to pg 98-99 of LIES. It says, and I quote, "Sanjit Brattle-Chance was fourteen years old. He was tall, thin, slightly stooped, with black hair down to his shoulders, laughing black eyes, and skin the color of caramel."
He is INDIAN but grew up in Bangkok, Thailand.
*sigh* Someti
...more
Adam
Jun 11, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing
AGH!!!!! I NEED THIS BOOK! THE COVER LOOKS AMAZING!
Anne
Oct 30, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
3.5 stars

About halfway through the book I started to wonder if this was going to end up being the equivalent of that tv show Lost.
At first, I really liked Lost. I mean, it had that cool mystery/sci-fi sort of vibe that kept me coming back for more each week. My love affair lasted a couple of seasons, and then faded away.
Why?
Eh. The plot started to drone on and on, nothing made much sense, and it seemed like the producers were just going to milk that cow until it went dry. Poor cow.
Anyway, tha
...more
Vicky N.
Apr 14, 2011 Vicky N. rated it really liked it
As Stella would say: "Oh my Gaiaphage!"

I knew Michael Grant was EVIL, but never has his evilness reached such levels. So many questions, no answers & a WHOLE year ahead until it's sequel. *hyperventilates*

Plague as it's predecessor is full of fast-pacing, killing action. The FAYZ has never before been in such more trouble. Everything is backwards, Sam & Astrid, Diana & Caine.

Although this book was awesome, I can't help but feel it sort of precedes something BIGGER. And I know that if
...more
Epizeuxis
Sep 06, 2015 Epizeuxis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who: have read the previous installments.
4 1/2 stars

The general consensus seems to be that Plague is a superior sequel to Lies, which many fans see as the weakest installment in Michael Grant's series thus far. I read both with this in mind, under the assumption that my opinion would end up being similar, if not identical.

And, wouldn't you know it? I ended up loving the latter more than the former. Go figure.

To be honest, I feel that this series may have peaked with Lies. While Plague is an excellent follow-up, it feels more like a m
...more
Micah
Sep 27, 2011 Micah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: micah-s-faves
THIS IS THE BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES SO FAR!

Yes!

After a mediocre and disappointing Lies(ugh), Plague redeems the series and brought what I loved about Gone and Hunger and combined them into this great installment.


Pros:

Caina---You naughty couple you. And look what happens to Diana at the end :) This should make Fear an interesting installment.

Human Crew---They were great in this book but my issue is that given all the supernatural elements of the series, Human Crew provided a n
...more
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Aug 23, 2013 Stella ☢FAYZ☢ Chen rated it it was amazing
It's been over two years since I last read this book, and re-reading it reignited my love for the series. Most kids would agree that they grew up with Harry Potter, but I guess I am a late bloomer because I didn't start really growing up until I picked up the GONE series.

The kids in the FAYZ have been beaten, starved, and lied to, all they need now is a plague to help them cough their lungs out. Perfect, don't you think? Every time I read a book in this series, I'm still amazed at the things Mic
...more
Jill Crosby
Apr 08, 2011 Jill Crosby rated it it was ok
It's getting harder and harder to care about what happens to the characters who are struggling to surviv in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). Hamstrung either by their depravity or slavish adherence to a strict moral code, the survivors of the "Great Poof," Sam, Astrid, Edilio and the rest are caught, as usual, in a gore-filled battle to maintain survival mode in a place that is literally throwing everything nasty at them. I was ready for the end by about page 100, and I'm thinking about skip ...more
Zara
Oct 13, 2010 Zara rated it it was amazing
I HOPE SAM AND ASTRID DONT HAVE A KID!!!! IT WILL TOTALLY RECK THIS BOOK I WILL CRY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE PLZZZ DONT LET ASTRID AND SAM HAVE SEX PLZZZZZZZ I HATE ASTRID SHE IS USING SAM SO HER AND HER LITTLE BROTHER L.P ARE PROTECTED!!! SAM CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER!!!! I HOPE ITS CAINE AND DIANA OR SOME NEW KIDS.... MAYBE IT COULD BE LANA AND QUINN... IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF LANA AND SAM GOT TOGETHER... HAHAHA PLZ DO NOT HAVE A KID SAM AND ASTRID IT WILL TOTALLY SUCK I WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE AND M ...more
Nelline
Apr 08, 2015 Nelline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Grand is een meester in het scheppen van sfeer!
Tiernan Bertrand-Essington
Mar 14, 2012 Tiernan Bertrand-Essington rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the series! Loved it. SO MUCH.
Lauren Mayhew
Jul 30, 2015 Lauren Mayhew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ilsa Bick
May 01, 2011 Ilsa Bick rated it really liked it
If you’ve been following this series, you know that things are going from bad to worse to downright AWFUL in the FAYZ–and I’ll bet you’re loving every second of it. There’s no easy way to summarize this penultimate installment, but suffice to say that the usual cast of bad actors make their reappearance; the food’s just about gone and so is most of the water; Sam and Astrid are having major relationship issues (Grant doesn’t believe in sugar-coating a thing, and so not only is there a fair amoun ...more
Evi
Apr 30, 2011 Evi rated it it was amazing
No real spoilers here until the last paragraph.

I love these books. The great thing about them is that it's the kind of series that can span six books of such large proportions-- it's not a trilogy stretched to fit some bloated plot. There's enough action, turmoil, and adventure here to fill every page.

Another great thing about these is that you forget you're reading. Invisible prose is the true mark of a good book-- story-lines and characters so intriguing that it ceases to be carefully-structur
...more
Justin
Dec 28, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"So this is how you destroy us. This is how you kill us off. The old-fashioned way: plague."

It's been 8 months since the adults disappeared. Gone.

The kids of Perdido Beach sure are tough. Surviving Hunger. Surviving Lies. But will they survive this Plague?

A fatal illness that's highly contagious is spreading throughout the town. People coughing their insides out. At least one dying every day. An illness even Lana can't cure. Will anyone even survive?

Meanwhile, giant bugs are starting to terror
...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/05/b...

Life in the Fallout Alley Youth Zone – or The FAYZ – is not easy for the teens and children trapped inside, cut off from the outside world and encased in a tiny, psychically-barricaded bubble. In the eight months of the FAYZ’s existence, the children of Perdido Beach have survived the initial disappearance of adults, the terrifying Darkness, gnawing hunger, sickness, and each other – but the worst is yet to come.
...more
Mike
Rating: 4.5/5

Wow. I'm finding it hard to walk away from that book with any feelings other than 'impressed'. Also, 'scared as fuck'. I'm not sure if this is the best book of the series so far, because nothing can match the sheer skill of the plotting and writing in Hunger, but this was certainly the most extreme. Everything about the series - the darkness, the nightmare fuel, the mysteries, the complexity in the plotting - was amped up a notch. Grant's books have always been a pretty unique readi
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Bookreads :): Plague (Book 4) 1 4 Dec 29, 2015 08:00PM  
If you were in the FAYZ, what would your power be and how many bars would it have? 45 142 Sep 03, 2015 06:50AM  
Cover Characters?!?!?!?!?!?! 92 374 Mar 24, 2015 06:12PM  
Class of 2015: Plague 2 7 Nov 26, 2014 01:51PM  
  • The Fear (The Enemy, #3)
  • Away (The Line, #2)
  • Everfound (Skinjacker, #3)
  • The Legacy (The Declaration, #3)
  • Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
  • Solitary (Escape from Furnace, #2)
  • 1.4 (Point 4, #2)
  • The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
  • The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
  • The Chaos (Numbers, #2)
  • Outside In (Insider, #2)
  • The Star Dwellers (The Dwellers, #2)
  • The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)
  • Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin, #2)
1599723
Okay, trying this again. Goodreads lost the bio I just spent 30 minutes writing. So now it's just going to be incoherent rambling. Yes, the earlier draft was also incoherent rambling, but way better.

I'm the co-author or author of about 160 books, including the ANIMORPHS series, the GONE series, the BZRK series, the MAGNIFICENT 12 series (Mommy, make him stop saying series!), the MESSENGER OF FEAR
...more
More about Michael Grant...

Other Books in the Series

Gone (7 books)
  • Gone (Gone, #1)
  • Hunger (Gone, #2)
  • Lies (Gone, #3)
  • Fear (Gone, #5)
  • Light (Gone, #6)
  • Shade Darby (Gone, #7)

Share This Book



11 trivia questions
3 quizzes
More quizzes & trivia...
“Okay, look. I get it. You're one of those people who thinks they have to help screwed-up people. Or maybe you're attracted to dangerous, unbalanced people. But listen up: I'm not Edward and you're not Bella" - Lana” 219 likes
“The gaiaphage. That's the other word they use. 'Gaia,' as in world. 'Phage,' as in a worm or something that eats something up. I'm going to go way out on a limb here and say I don't think something that calls itself a 'world eater' is a good thing.” 142 likes
More quotes…