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It's been four years since a meteorite hit Perdido Beach and Everyone disappeared. Gone. Everyone, except the kids trapped in the FAYZ - an invisible dome that was created by an alien virus. Inside the FAYZ, animals began to mutate and teens developed dangerous powers. the terrifying new world was plagued with hunger, lies, and fear of the unknown.

Now, four years later, me
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Shane I doubt it. They have been main characters and important characters a lot in the other book. M. Grant will probably have someone from the new city be …moreI doubt it. They have been main characters and important characters a lot in the other book. M. Grant will probably have someone from the new city be the hero. Sam has played hero enough. Besides, he deserves some rest.(less)

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Emily May
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, young-adult, 2017
The world was changing. The old order was dead or dying. The center, to quote the poem, was not holding, it was coming apart.

Woah. This is like the Gone series on steroids. I was hesitant about picking up Monster, thinking that it would be an unnecessary attempt to extend a series that had already been wrapped up well-- but it isn't at all. This is the seventh book I never knew I needed. I can't wait to see what happens next!

I think fans of the Gone series will eat this up and be longing for
C.G. Drews
I want the next book so freaking bad I was stalking online to see when I can preorder but also??? There's so many problems with this book, and I'm not a fan of the author's behaviour online. But the Gone series was what I grew up with and it meant a lot to me and this is like coming back to a childhood friend.

Plus it mentioned Sam Temple. And basically *slams 5 stars on the table just for the single 3 sentences of him* SAM. SAMMMMM.

I frikkin love Sam and actually will cave and go reread the Gone
✨    jay   ✨
Apr 10, 2016 marked it as dnf
I've not made it a secret in the history of my online book blogging presence that I was a big fan of the Gone series as a kid. I read the series toward the end of primary school, and I really loved it then. It was my favourite series and it got me into reading. Those memories are really fond for me still


I'm an adult now, and it's been brought to my attention recently that the series is problematic in many aspects of it's characterisation of minorities. I will be providing links to own voices
Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
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Well, that was one hell of a freaking rollercoaster ride. Action-packed the entire way through, it definitely wasn’t a boring read! I have mixed emotions on my view but i will divulge into that in a second.

For everyone who has already read the gone series a long while ago, don’t worry! Michael grant starts this book with rewriting the last scene in the dome from a new character’s POV to help remind us how it ended. Throughout the book, it does mention q
Monster is disappointing. I don’t like it. I don’t hate it either, it’s just incredibly…’meh’. My situation with Monster is similar to my feelings towards Harry Potter and Cursed Child, which I, quite frankly, do not regard as canon and is quite frankly similar to fanfiction.

My biggest problem with this is perhaps the…(view spoiler)
Aug 14, 2015 marked it as to-read

This was legit the first series I've ever read so it kinda feels like a classic to me and it really doesnt need anything added to the story... Im excited that this is going to happen but it better be as good as the originals or else Ima shoot something, preferably with beating heart.
A follow-up to Gone at last?


Four years after Michael Grant seemingly ended the series with the sixth and final novel Light, here beginneth a new trilogy that takes the FAYZ and its alien virus and all its ramifications and brings them to a more global stage. Well, so far a lot of the action is confined to the US, and especially to California (there's a lot of Bay Area action scenes, including one of the most inventive spins yet on Golden Gate Bridge destruction), but there are sprink
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aliens, supernatural
I was so sad when I read book 6 of the Gone Series. It was the last one. That was it. Gone made it to my short list of favorite series. It was just so damn fun to read and so well written. I can't say enough great things about it. But then it was over. I never, or at least very rarely, re-read books but I have been thinking about doing just that with this series because I missed it. But then.....

OMG, look. A new Gone book *squeals like a schoolgirl but promptly gets ahold of herself*. This isn't
Cassie James
Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in away influence my opinion on it.

I am a really huge fan of the Gone series, I devoured all the book in 4 days with almost non stop reading. I was really excited to hear about Monster because I really missed the series. It was really great coming back into this disturbingly wonderful world. The writing is top notch as usual and easy to get absorbed with. This is what drew me to the series in the firs
Patricia Crowther
4.5* - Well that was one hell of a ride, I was literally exhausted after finishing!

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for honest review!

So, going into this I'd only read the first in the Gone series so was aware of what the Fayze was but obviously had no idea about how it all ended. If you're at all inclined, even slightly, to read that series then definitely go do that before you get to this one. Monster goes straight in with what I assume is an account of the happenings at the end of the
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michael Grant's 'Gone' series is one of my all-time favourite series so when I found out that 'Monster' was a follow on I knew I HAD to get my hands on a copy.

I had extremely high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. IT WAS AMAZING!

I loved how some of the main characters from the FAYZ were present and I found it really interesting to see how they were living their lives after their nightmare. The interweaving of the new characters with the older ones was very well done, and their vo
Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gone series readers; monsters; superpowers; y/a; trilogies
Michael Grant

4 stars...on the line.

Mr. Grant has managed to take us back to the days of the FAYZ, only four years later. But this time without a dome. Monster contains old and new characters, some likable, so not so likeable. (Yes, Drake (Whip Hand) is back in a minor role). Mainly focusing on new characters, this action-packed whirlwind of a plot takes us all over the globe, but mainly focuses in California, U.S.A.

I do not want to give away too much of the plot - mainly because doing so woul
Ryan Buckby
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
it's been four years since a meteorite hit perdido beach and everyone disappeared. gone.

It's been two years since i finished this series and i'm so glad that i get to step back into this series again with a new book and i absolutely loved every moment of this book. The gone series will forever be one of my favourite series that i have ever read i just love it so much.

Plot: This book picks up about 4 years after the events of the sixth book and we pick up following a new range of characters
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
When I heard that Michael Grant was writing a sequeling series to one of my favorite series of all time, I was skeptical. I've read some great sequel-series and some awful ones. I wondered what the story would even be since everything was resolved. I'm honestly still wondering that after reading it.

I decided to give it a shot because I had faith in one of my favorite authors. Now, I'm not sure if that faith was justified.

This book was basically an alternate version of the Gone series but with a
Alayne Emmett
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleased when Michael Grant wrote more of the wonderful series Gone as it is one of my favourites to read and go to now and again. This follow on from book six is just as good. Some of the same characters as well as some new ones and the story continues. Brillant!!!!

Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is a truly outstanding book. It's exciting, pacey and mixes the real world with the absolutely incredible and fantastical. It would be perfect for fans of DC/Marvel, or Brandon Sanderson and Stephen King.

Although it's set after the events of the Gone series, it can be read as a newcomer to MG as the story largely focuses on the current events, however it does explain the goings on of the last chapters of Light. In my opinion, so much happens in the whole of the Gone series, that even
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and it did not disappoint!

GONE is one of my favourite series ever and I've been desperate for a follow up for so long!

It follows the stories of several new characters as well as a couple of characters from the original series, the main one being Dekka, who is still just as badass as she always was. Shade Darby is a new character who has a burning desire to erase what happened when the Perdido Beach dome came down, and she brings along her trans
CrazyCat (Alex)
I devoured all the books in the "Gone" series and one of my favorite characters was Dekka. So it was amazing to find her as one of the main characters in this book. I loved the world building and the characters. The story isn't for the faint hearted, there's a lot of graphic description and a lot of wounded and/or dead. And it's a long story. But with everything happening it didn't feel like 500+ pages. I highly recommend this book and all the other books in this series. I chose to read this boo ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, reviews
Michael Grant, you once again stole copious hours of my day I will never get back. What an excellent, brilliantly gripping story! I’ll always love Rio and the girls a little bit more, because Front Lines was unbeatable in my eyes, but superheroes (and SuperMONSTERS!) came pretty close.

This story is very obviously a new spin on the World Grant created with the Gone series. Whilst it definitely helps, and probably adds to the reading experience, to have some memory of the Gone characters, as some
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, young-adult
I got this book early because my friend lent me her ARC and I will forever be grateful.

I'm gonna be as spoiler-free as I can because I know this book isn't technically out yet, but I'm gonna mention some spoilers towards the end, so just a heads up.

A lot of spin-offs usually feel unnecessary. Most of the time, you can tell that a spin-off is something the creator just half-assedly threw together so they could make more money, and was totally irrelevant to the original story. But I didn't feel th
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Gone since I was eleven years old, so nearly nine years, and it has been my favourite series since I first read it. No other series has ever compared to my love for this one and I was sad that it ended, so you can imagine my pure excitement and overwhelming happiness when Monster was announced. I will admit that despite my excitement, I was nervous about it. I was worried it was going to be an unnecessary addition to an already perfect series. But let me tell you,
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, sci-fi
The amount of joy at finding out a favorite but completed series has more books coming cannot be expressed in human terms. It sounds kind of like a squeal and is paired with flapping hands and an ear-to-ear grin. I was enthralled by the Gone series--it is a go-to recommendation for my teens and is still one of my favorite series of all time. This book starts a few years after the last book and creates a whole new series of problems, crises, and incredibly bad-ass battles, featuring some amazing ...more
Kelly Furniss
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will admit I took a punt on this one as I fancied something completely different to read alongside my normal books and had seen this authors Gone series mentioned many times before and was intrigued with the fandom surrounding it. After checking it would be ok to read as a newcomer to the series I delved in and wow!, prepare for your imagination to be blown with teenagers who have contracted a virus and now have unique superpowers but it's how they all respond differently to these powers that ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Gone series holds a special spot in my heart (and on my shelves) as one of the book series that has had the most impact on me. Which makes me so upset that I hated this book so much.

While Gone and it's subsequent books had interesting character development and relationships, compelling plot development, and an overall story that I was drawn to, Monster was the complete opposite. It almost felt like Grant exhausted all of his character development in his first six books in this universe and j
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Normal had left the building, and crazy was in charge now."

Crazy is always in charge when Grant is writing.

All the intensity of the FAYZ without the dome - yes, it's bad. Very bad, and only the kids who survived the PBA understand how bad it can be - and then it gets worse. Grant delivers his standard bloodbath of fear, sarcasm, and oh yes, literal bloodbath after bloodbath. His mind is a dark place where beautiful stories come to life, and call me crazy but I can't get enough. When I put my
Lisa Mandina
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Gone series has always been one of my favorites, so when I saw there was another one coming out, I was excited, yet a little leery. I was worried it would mess up where the story had left off. Fortunately, I was wrong. I loved how at the beginning the author gave a shout out to some other awesome YA authors. The book was very action packed and while mostly we had all new characters, there were a few from before, and that made the story even better. I look forward to where this story will go ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Now, that was a pretty good follow up to an intense series. I'm a huge fan of the Gone books and I was worried about this one, however, it did not disappoint! I don't want to give anything anyway so I'll just say it's definitely worth the read and you should check it out if you're a fan of the series. Highly looking forward to the next installment (fingers crossed)! ...more
Mar 21, 2016 marked it as not-sure
I'm loving this series sso far, but I'm not sure I'll be reading this. Dekka isn't a favorite of mine. I actually can't stand her right now to be honest. So unless my feelings for her change, I will not be reading this. Especially if it's just her book. ...more
Brad Sells
Feb 25, 2016 marked it as tbr-on-my-shelf

Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michael Grant includes a new story featuring new characters and some of the old ones.
with intricate detail and crazy action scenes , Grant tells a story different from the Old Gone series that we all adore. This one is a huge success and I love the different characters and how he describes them. Shade being" half human, half shark" and Cruz's gender being " all of the above"
My only complaint is that I wish we got to find out what happened to the other lovable characters, what ha
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Co-author with Katherine Applegate of Ocean City, Making Out, Summer, Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants, Eve and Adam.

Pseudonymous coauthor with KA of Christy (the TV spin-off books), Sweet Valley Twins, Girl Talk and various Disney spin-offs.

Pseudonymous author of Barf-O-Rama.

Author of Gone, BZRK, The Magnificent 12, Messenger of Fear, Front Lines, Monster and A Sudden Death in Cyprus.

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“Cruz nodded. “In case you’re wondering, I have a dick.”
That earned a sudden, single bark of laughter from Shade, which in turn raised a disturbing red-and-white smile from Cruz.
“Is that a permanent condition?” Shade asked.
Cruz shrugged. “I don’t have a short answer.”
“Give me the long one. I’ll tell you if I get bored.” She flopped onto her bed.
“Okay. Well . . . you know it’s all on a spectrum, right? I mean, there are people—most people—who are born either M or F and are perfectly fine with that. And some people are born with one body but a completely different mind, you know? They know from, like, toddler age that they are in the wrong body. Me, I’m . . . more kind of neither. Or both. Or something.”
“You’re e), all of the above. You’re multiple choice, but on a true-false test.”
That earned another blood-smeared grin from Cruz. “Can I use that line?”
“I understand spectra, and I even get that sexuality and gender are different things,” Shade said, sitting up.”
“It was maybe not a great premise for a short story or novel, but Cruz had learned to write down even the ideas that seemed dumb. Dumb now might trigger smart later.” 0 likes
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