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Gone Away Into the Land

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
KILL THE BEAST, JOHN! KILL IT! - Meet twelve-year-old John Greber, who describes the dark clouds of daily life he, his mother, Ellie, and six- year-old sister, Marny, live under. The fear and loathing that exist within a home ruled by the iron fist of an abusive father is established on the very first page. It is impossible not to feel, in the pit of your stomach, the inev ...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 512 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Writers Literary & Publishing Services (first published June 1st 2008)
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Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Part fairy tale, part drama, Jeffrey Allen’s Goneaway into the Land tells the story of John, a boy whose father is so abusive that John calls him “The Beast.” And a beast this man is - when John’s father physically carries away John’s little sister, Marny, John is launched into a mythical investigation to find her and on a journey that will weave his path with the fate of another place - the Land.

The concept of this novel engaged me from the minute I heard about it - I love when fantasy and real
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A truly gripping story. I felt present in the world I was reading about, standing next to the most descriptive and interesting characters I have come across in a long time. GoneAway is an emotional story that boasts some of the most outstanding imagery written today. An awesome read.
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I won this through Goodreads' giveaway over a month ago. I'm finally getting to it now that I've gone through all the ones I borrowed at the library.

I'm impressed with the personalization! I received a letter, and the book had a sticker on the 1st page addressed to ME with the author's signature and the date it was signed.


12/12/09 - Well, I finally finished this.

This is a fantasy novel. It is Willy Wonka meets Cloudy with a Chance of Mea
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-shelf
I won this book on a goodreads giveaway and was thrilled to receive it signed by the author and later to receive a personal message from him. I was not quite sure what genre of book I was getting into with this but it is fantasy, which is not my usual read.

The vast array of characters were very well-defined and likeable. The author offers great descriptions of the land as well as the characters. The story was well put together with short scenes and good build up. I absolutely loved the pursiers!
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First let me say that if you are reading this review you must take my word for it- "You will not be disappointed by this author or his wonderful tale. It is simply not possible." I promise you this is one of those rare "good books" we all desire each time we sit down to read, but rarely get. You will walk away from "Gone Away Into the Land" satisfied and content that you have found what you have been looking for, a uniquely good story told in a mastery style.

I received a copy of this book from
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-books, own
GoneAway into the Land by Jeffrey B. Allen is an interesting juxtaposition between a child’s harsh, abusive reality and a Land of fantasy and tasty confection. It is well-written, engaging, and fascinating, creating a vibrant world that draws in the reader.

The plotline of GoneAway into the Land is innovative, and delicious. The story begins with the sad home life of young John Greber, who tragically has an angry, abusive father; he, his younger sister, Marny and his mother Ellie all live an unh
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter of the book sucks you in. But the second chapter spits you back out. That's kind of how the entire first quarter of the book is. It's written in two completely different worlds (literally). Half of the book is about John, Marny, The Beast (an abusive father) and their mother Ellie. The other half is about the Land, which really reminds me of Candy Land (the board game). It's strange really. You've got these two parts that don't really connect until about halfway through the boo ...more
Romancing the Book
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Reviewed by Melissa Cornwell

This book was absolutely amazing! Jeffrey Allen has created a world that is both magical and mysterious. The characters have the most extraordinary courage. Ellie and John represent a very important factor in everyone's life, and that is family. Their determination to find Marny is astounding. I was captivated at once by these characters, and by the plot of the novel. It hooked me in and didn't let go. I became enchanted by the Land and the characters there. I can ima
Jeffrey B. Allen has a talent for very colorful, descriptive writing that is a perfect fit for this story that goes back and forth between the real world and ZingZongLand, a kind of delightful Candyland. There there is a battle between good and evil occurring in both places. Some very weighty subjects such as addiction and abuse are dealt with in the midst of this fantasy in an amazing way. This is the first of a trilogy, and even though fantasy is not usually one of the genres I pick up first, ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I found this book very difficult to read, maybe because the candy-land was just to much for me. However, the ending completely caught me by surprise and redeemed the whole book. Maybe in time I will reread this. I guess the abuse and candy just didn't set right with me.
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Fran by: THE AUTHOR
Review by: Fran Lewis 04/22/2009
Gone Away Into the Land BY Jeffrey B. Allen

Imagine a land so beautiful and so perfect each day is better than
the one before. Imagine living in a place where there is no strife, hate or
conflict. Imagine living in a beautiful land filled with your favorite
confections, treats, and delectable delights. Imagine a land where people are
trained to create cakes, chocolates and other candy treats for their world and
for ours.

Imagine waking up each morning in fear of w
Jan 10, 2010 added it
Review by Sarah Macdonald, New York, New York
January 7, 2010
GoneAway Into the Land. Wow. I begin this review at eight in the morning, only four hours after finishing one of the most unique reads I have had in ages. I bought the book on a recommendation from a book blog I follow where Jeffrey B. Allen’s, GoneAway into the Land was placed number one on the top ten list for 2009. I have never been misled by the reviewers on this site, however, after glancing at it when it was originally reviewed I
Geri Ahearn
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND" is a unique story that takes the reader on a
journey through life as we follow the footsteps of John Greber, a
young hero. At age twelve, John was brave enough to travel into the
land of the unknown to confront his father face-to-face, better known
as "The Beast" through John's eyes. John made a secret vow to seek
revenge on his abusive father, rescue his sister, and help his mother
during a Civil War that threatens not only the land, but the world.
As John guides the reader th
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens & adults
Let me start off by saying in order for me to give a book a 5 star rating, it has to completely consume me and when I’m finished reading it, I’m still thinking about it days later. I love this book. I love stories that you find yourself stopping at periods and pausing at commas to get the full effect. There was so much depth, which so many books lack these days. The poetry of Jeffery Allen’s words allowed my mind to truly see the unique characters that became part of my life for awhile. I loved ...more
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The dust jacket text for Gone Away: Into the Land promises an epic fantasy adventure. I can tell you that this is one novel that exceeds expectations. Author Jeffrey B. Allen takes the reader on an adventure that will leave you thinking about the story long after you close the final page.

We meet our protagonist, twelve-year-old John Gerber. John's life is not that of an average pre-teen-not even close. John, his mother Ellie, and his sister Marny live in constant, paralyzing fear of John's fath
Nathan Hayes
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The dust jacket text for Gone Away: Into the Land promises an epic fantasy adventure. I can tell you that this is one novel that exceeds expectations. Author Jeffrey B. Allen takes the reader on an adventure that will leave you thinking about the story long after you close the final page.

We meet our protagonist, twelve-year-old John Gerber. John's life is not that of an average pre-teen-not even close. John, his mother Ellie, and his sister Marny live in constant, paralyzing fear of John's fathe
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I just finished reading this book about 15 minutes ago. I won a copy through Goodreads, and was surpised to have a signed, personal message from the author in the front cover.

The author did a great job getting the reader to care for the main character, John, and his mother Ellie early on. This proved very useful as I felt that the book got slow not long after the Land is introduced. The author has a knack for vivid descriptions, but I felt that sometimes got in the way of the pace of the story.
Elise Crawford
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In GoneAway into the Land, the author allows us a refreshing escape from
reality. Although fantasy fiction, a cross between The Wizard of Oz and
Alice in Wonderland, but on steroids, and eerily parallel to real life power hungry politics we face in everyday life, GoneAway into the Land keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense until the very end. GoneAway has been so successful that it was just picked up by a New York Publisher and will soon be re-released in hardback with a jacket as well
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
I won this from a goodreads giveaway and it sounds like there have been improvements over the edition that I read. Overall I liked the concept of an abusive home life and the escape into a fantasy land. The story, however, is told in small, choppy pieces, making it hard to follow and breaking up the momentum. My book also began in John’s point of view and then part-way through changed to third person. Again, this could just be a matter of the edition that I have.

Some portions of the story seem t
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody!!
Recommended to Lucy by: no one
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and boy, am I glad.
This creative, extermely imaginitive novel is one of the most touching I've read in a very long time. It is as magical as it is engaging.
12 year old John and his little sister Marny live with their mother Ellie and their father Daniel Greber (a tyrannical and abusive monster John nicknames "Beast"). The Greber household is thrown into an even more catastrophic turmoil when Daniel suddenly abducts Marny and completely disappears. As the
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book called "GoneAway Into The Land" by Jeffrey B. Allen. The author contacted me on Facebook and asked if I would review his book. I am so glad he did! It's an amazing story told with wonderful imagination.

GoneAway is the story of John, who is twelve years old and a victim of the abusive wrath of his father whom John renames, the Beast. The Beast takes off with John's younger sister, Marny. In order to save Marny, John and his mom venture into the Land. It is during
GoneAway is a thoroughly enjoyable book that I will read again and again. The characters travel through a fantastical land, think CandyLand and Wizard of Oz meets Willy Wonka, to finally confront The Beast (the abusive husband/father that is not destroying this other world). Allen's storytelling skills are tremendous and he did a superb job of telling the journey that John and Ellie go through on their quest to find John's sister and end the tyranny that is The Beast. On their adventures they en ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I had high expections for Goneaway Into the Land, with its promising description and unusual cover. I was not disappointed. From the moment I opened the book and read the very first chapter, I was sucked into the unsettling and difficult life of young John who is tragically mistreated by his abusive and unpredictable father. John, along with the help of his distraught mother is propelled into a fantasy land where he must begin a quest to find his young sister Marney who was abducted by their cru ...more
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Goneaway Into the Land is an inventive, wildly imaginative book unlike anything I have read before. I was one of the lucky few who won a copy through the giveaways and it was a joy to read. It blends the bleak and harsh reality of an abusive family situation with a fantastic and strange land of sweets. The two worlds come crashing together when twelve year old John must travel to the Land to rescue his sister from his crazed father (the Beast). In turn he must also save the Land itself from the ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from Goodreads, but I guess I posted it in the wrong place. Anyway, the book is awesome. It was sensitive and thought-provoking, but also more imaginitive than anything I'd read in a while. At first glance, it appears to be a YA novel, but once you get started, you ralize that it is far more.
The story centers around John, a preteen living in an abusive household. One day, his dad (appropriately nicknamed "beast" abducts John's little (6 year old) sister, Marny. John and his Mom (
Jeffrey Allen
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey B. Allen has brought a powerful and exciting new twist to the genre of Magical Realism. By skillfully shifting in and out of reality, Allen intertwines human drama with a land of the unknown. Allen's unique style tangles the tragedy in our lives with our strength of will to set things right. Gone Away, Into the Land is an epic adventure that will take you back to your child hood, a time of sweet innocence. The unforgettable characters will make you laugh and cry and, at times, cause you ...more
I won this off of first reads and had very high expectations, it sounded like it was right up my alley. However, I just couldn't seem to get into it. I VERY rarely don't finish a book but there was no real flow for me, I had a hard time keeping up with the rapid change of story line. I will keep my place and maybe pick it up again to see if I have better luck with it. It got rave reviews from others so maybe it just wasn't the right book at the right time for me.
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
A wonderful gem of a book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I won this as part of a Goodreads giveaway, but I can happily report that I was blown away. For me, it's always the characters that make any book, and John was immediately real to me, and I truly cared about this character in a way I haven't in a long time. I felt a part of the story, and will definitely be reading this one again.
Forrest Filetti
This book is not only one of the greatest fantasy books of all time, it is one of the greatest books of all time. Even though it took me a long time to finish this book it is still one of my most favorite. The characters were great Albertson was my favorite. I am excited for the sequel. J.B. Allen is a wonderful writer. And I can't wait for any future books.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love fantasy but the setting just didn't work for me, maybe too sugary. The writing was good and some parts kept me wanting to know what happened next but overall it didn't suck me in and I wouldn't read the sequel.
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It was the early 1970’s. Jeffrey Allen was attending Boston University where he was majoring in history with a minor in set-design and fine-art. However, uncertainty, restlessness, and tuition woes got the better of him. After a one year hiatus, in the form of a nationwide hitchhiking trip, Allen returned home and began the task of assembling his art portfolio so he could apply for acceptance into ...more
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