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Gone by Michael  Grant
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Jan 06, 2010

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The kids of Perdido Beach suddenly-very suddenly-find themselves alone. Everyone over age 14 has disappeared without a trace. It's up to the kids to make their own society to keep themselves alive. Most of the kids want Sam to lead them, but he's not sure he's comfortable in the role. His new friends, Astrid and Edilio, and his best friend, Quinn, have to help convince him to take his place as the leader of their newfound society, as well as struggle to stay alive amidst chaos, bullies, and the strange students from rival school, Coates Academy. Did I mention that Sam can shoot lightning bolts from his hands? And he's not the only one with supernatural powers.

I think this book just wasn't my style more than anything else, but I do enjoy most YA fiction so I wanted to share my honest feelings about the book. I didn't realize that the teens in this book were so young, only 14. I also didn't know there would be so much violence.

The main reason that I didn't really enjoy this book was because of the violence. There is a lot of violence in this book, the author does not gloss over any gory details. Also, there are some downright evil characters with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The line between good and evil is very clear cut here. The teens are either very good or very bad. In fact, there were only one or two charcters who struggled with whether or not they were on the side of good or evil. Those characters, Quinn and Orc, really stand out as the most interesting to me.

This book definitely took some cues from "Lord of the Flies", so it didn't seem like a totally new concept. Also, I really felt like I as reading James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" all over again, although I did enjoy this book more.

The writing in the book was good and I liked the fact that there were so many characters to read about. Each one was fully fleshed out. I liked the way that the characters were split up into different subplots before coming together at the end. I was most interested in Lana, left stranded in the woods with her dog, Patrick, after the 'poof.' Also, I liked Albert and the way he took over running the McDonalds to keep everyone fed. I found the main characters, Sam, Astrid, and Caine, pretty average and I didn't like reading about Mary changing diapers at the day care at all.

Mostly I was turned off by the graphic details of violence and too much detail about dirty diapers, etc. However, the writing was great and fast-paced, and I can see how someone with different tastes would enjoy the story.

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message 1: by Rane (new)

Rane Great Review Angelc!

Angelc Thanks, Rane!! :)

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) That was a good review, Angelc. It sounds interesting to me, although I can see how some things would have diminished your reading enjoyment. I didn't realize that some of the kids had supernatural powers. That makes me want to read this book even more. I'll have to keep my eyes open for a copy.

Angelc Thanks, Danielle! The writing is good, I do see how others would enjoy this one, it was just a matter of taste for me. The supernatural aspect is a pretty big part of the story. I hope you enjoy it!!

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) Well I figure forewarned is forearmed, so I'll be prepared for the negative points. I'm glad the supernatural aspect is big. I love supernatural stuff. :)

Angelc I agree about forewarned is forearmed, Danielle! I also wasn't prepared for the teens to be so young! I usually loooove YA fiction, but they just acted younger than the characters I am used to reading about.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I bet them being so young made it even more horrific that they were left to fend for themselves.

message 8: by new_user (new)

new_user Even younger than usual?! *hangs self* LOL. Well, I still plan to read this one, but now I'm a little concerned. xD

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) We can hold hands while we read it, NU. We'll get through it. I have faith. LOL.

message 10: by new_user (new)

new_user LOL, Danielle. Together we can do it! Thanks, Shannon, I hope I'll like it too.

message 11: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Terrific review Angel! :)

Angelc New_user and Danielle, I definitely felt like the characters and situations read a lot younger than the YA I usually read. If I never read YA, I wouldn't have felt comfortable writing that in the review, but I read the genre a lot! Still give it a try, I'm one of the few who didn't care for it.

Thanks so much, Tammy!!

Thomas Awwww, I'm sad you didn't enjoy the book that much. But great review, though =)

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Nancy Great review, Angelc! If you like the idea of children with paranormal abilities and a lot less violence, you may want to check out Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn. It is the first in a series.

Angelc Thanks, Thomas!! It's ok, it just wasn't for me :)

Thanks, Nancy!! I appreciate the recommendation, I'll look into Obernewtyn!! I've actually heard a lot about that author lately!

Kelstar Good review Lana was my favorite character and I found myself much more interested in her storyline for awhile. I think maybe it was because her character was actually changing and constantly growing and overcoming new feats . I feel the same way some of the main characters just weren't as interesting for the most part they didn't change much at all until the ending.

message 17: by new_user (new)

new_user Good point, Kelstar.

Angelc You make a good point about Lana, Kelstar! Too bad more of the characters weren't like that.

Kelstar Thanks :)

message 20: by Alycea (new) - added it

Alycea I didn't read all of the comments before I wrote this so please don't be mad if I repeat what someone else already said.


I have not read the book yet but, I saw in your comment that the amount of violence bothered you in the book and that was partly because of the young ages of the characters. That is completely understandable BUT there is another book entitled "The Lord of The Flies" that has the same premise except the adults don't disappear, the kids are stranded on an island by themselves. and in that book they aren't even teens. Most of the characters are like 7, some older but def younger than 14. "The Lord of The Flies" was very violent (some kids even murdered one another) because the author was making social commentary about human nature, about how easily human beings will go back to their very basic instincts and ignore their morals and values. I think the author of "GONE" was pulling from "The Lord of The Flies" in those aspects but adding the supernatural/science fiction element. ("The Lord of The Flies" is a really good book - that's why I was interested in reading GONE)

Whew!---that was long. I hope this is helpful :]

message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

it rocks, that should be 5 stars, not 3

Ricki I agree that the good is good, evil is evil dichotomy got old. With such a long book, it would have been great to see more character growth. :(

Angelc Thanks for checking out my review, Ricki! I agree!!

message 24: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Hirsch i have this bok at home annd for some reason my daughter dosent seem to be affraid of the violence involved...... Why are you scared of it?????

TheBananaLord I agree the plot line was good. Also that the bit about the babies being stranded was a little dark. If the author had made it kids between the age of 9 and 15 then it would have been more kid friendly. I also liked the fact that Albert never left the McDonald's and kept all the kids fed. He even organized the kids Thanksgiving dinner.

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