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Lies by Michael  Grant
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Oct 12, 2011

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This edition to the Gone series wasn't as good has Hunger or Lies, in my opinion. The conflict was, like the title implies, lies. The new town council was lying their butts off and most of the citizens of Perdido Beach were totally unaware. Mainly they lie about Orsay's 'visions' which tell the kids that if they 'step out' they'll be transported outside of the FAYZ and back with their parents. They have no proof that she's wrong, but they tell everyone that Orsay is completely wrong anyways. (which she is, the Gaiaphage is controlling her, making her see things that she don't actually exist. He controls others, like Little Pete, as we learn. He's been playing his game without any batteries, which puzzles everyone, which turns out to have disastrous consequenses, This 'game' is really what happens in real life. People in the FAYZ have an avatar in Little Pete's game, and he controls them, under the will of the Gaiaphage) Sam's character veers away from his normal actions as 'hero' and abandons the town. He flips out from the pressure of technically not having any responsibility. He is no longer solely responsible for the fate of Perdido beach and stresses out because he thinks people still depend on him (which they do) and will blame him for anything that goes wrong (which they will). At the same time he's absolutely terrified of Drake, who seems to have come back from the dead.
Nothing is quite solved in this novel, but discussed and knowledge is added, yet nothing is solved. Things just go downhill. Sam's character is just generally irritating, getting him into fights with Astrid nearly every time they are with each other (and not usually for good reasons). To be honest, it's annoying.
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