Gone (Gone Series #1)

Gone (Gone Series #1)

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by Michael Grant

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The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King.

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult.

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The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King.

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .

Michael Grant's Gone has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review)
“A tour de force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
“If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this novel.”
"A tour de force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless."
“Extraordinarily skillful pacing, which leaves the reader constantly on the verge of a new discovery.”
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
One day everyone exists and life is boring. The next day all the adults and teenagers over the age fourteen disappear. At first the freedom brings chaos and pleasure for most—until the hierarchy establishes itself and the bullies start to make their move. Now everyone must decide which side to align themselves with, which side will provide the most protection and end up being the winning one, good or evil. Of course our hero Sam does not want to be on either side, but his previous heroic deeds have the good side looking towards him to provide leadership and help them organize against the evil. Do not expect anything to be as it seems for the reality turns quickly into fantasy as the premise of this book takes all of us out of the real world and into one created by author Michael Grant. I feel that the characters are developed well, but there are too many to keep separate, even though the plot is your basic good against evil. I also found my mind drifting as the story seemed to drag on with no solution in sight, until all of a sudden our hero takes a stand and the problem is solved, which felt melodramatic. The story could have been condensed, which would probably have increased its appeal to a wider audience. Sometimes more should be less. The rapid twists and turns and extreme page lengths make the book more appropriate for the truly avid science fiction reader. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 15.

It is all over in the blink of an eye. One moment there are adults, and the next everyone over fourteen is gone. Where did they go? Are they coming back? In a short time, the kids realize that they are on their own, and the situation devolves into chaos and fear. Things get worse when the juvenile delinquents from Coates Academy, led by the charismatic Caine, take over Perdido Beach. In addition to charm, Caine also has the power to move things with his mind-big things-but he is not the only one with "powers." Sam, a townie and Caine's biggest rival, can burn things with light that shoots from his hands. As they adjust to this new world, the freaks (kids with powers) and the normals begin to choose sides. A battle between good and evil looms, but the end of this book is not the end of the story. If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this novel. It is difficult to say what element of the book is the most unnerving. Is it the original, unexplainable event that is continuing to cause animal and human mutation? Or is it that a few, inexperienced teens are forced into creating a new world order out of anarchy? Complex issues, from peer pressure to the science of nuclear power, are addressed with the teen audience in mind. The author is an old hand at creating long-running series books. This reader is excited to see where he will take her with this new series. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

Jennifer Lee
When everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly vanishes, San Perdido Beach, California is never the same. Not only are all of the adults gone, but there are no working telephones, no Internet access, no cable, and only children left behind to deal with the aftermath. Fires begin from appliances left on when the adults vanished. There are no firemen to put out the fires. Cars smash into buildings and each other, after being relieved of their drivers, but there are no emergency workers or doctors to help care for the children who are injured. What caused this all to happen? Kids must care for younger children as well as themselves. And those kids all look to Sam Temple, nicknamed "School Bus Sam" for his heroics in saving the kids in a neardisaster on a school bus a couple of years before. Will Sam be able to bring order where there is chaos and confusion? Will the adults return? And what is the FAYZ? A definite page-turner that will keep readers hooked from the very first paragraph on. Reviewer: Jennifer Lee
KLIATT - Cara Chancellor
At 10:17 a.m., Sam Temple was learning about the Civil War, Astrid Ellison was taking notes in her ninth-grade class, and Lana Lazar was driving home with her grandfather. At 10:18 a.m., Sam's lecture went silent, Astrid's entire class vanished, and Lana's truck drove off the road. All grownups—everyone 14 and over—had disappeared. The children of Perdido Beach soon discover they are imprisoned in a 20-mile-radius "fallout zone" with the students of the nearby Coates Academy, a private school for the black sheep of wealthy families. As the days go by, it becomes unclear which they have to fear more: the mystical Coates hierarchy or their own birthdays…when those turning 14 "poof" just like everyone else. Gone is decidedly an above average read, but one that ends with nearly as many questions as it begins. Part Kid Nation and part Left Behind, with just a dash of Cain and Abel, the story is most impressive for its extraordinarily skillful pacing, which leaves the reader constantly on the verge of another discovery (none of which disappoint). There is some occasional heavy gore and violence, but neither is gratuitous, nor will they spoil this remarkable book for the vast audience to which it will appeal. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

"One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone." Just vanished-along with everyone else over the age of 13 in a 20-mile radius around Perdido Beach, CA. The children left behind find themselves battling hunger, fear, and one another in a novel strongly reminiscent of William Golding's Lord of the Flies . Things go from bad to worse when some of the children begin exhibiting strange powers, animals show signs of freakish mutations, and people disappear as soon as they turn 14. Though an excellent premise for a novel, Gone suffers from a couple of problems. First, it is just too long. After opening with a bang, the initial 200 or so pages limp along before the action begins to really pick up. Secondly, based on the themes of violence, death, and implied sexual intimidation, this is clearly written for an older teen audience who may not appreciate the fact that no one in the book is older than 13. In spite of its faults, Gone is a gripping and gritty read with enough creepy gruesomeness to satisfy readers who have a taste for the macabre. Give this one to the readers who aren't quite ready for Stephen King or Dean Koontz.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

Kirkus Reviews
Teens survive in a shifted world. Everyone in Perdido Beach over the age of 13 vanished one morning, leaving Sam and his friends to rebuild their community. Facing pressure from brutal prep-school interlopers, Sam hastens to uncover the mystery of the disappearances and gain control over his new powers-not-quite-laser beams that shoot from his hands and burn his enemies-all before his rapidly approaching 14th birthday. Seeking to blend David Lubar's Hidden Talents (1999) with Lord of the Flies, Grant's amalgamation of supernatural gifts and adult-free society instead leaves readers confused and unsatisfied. Weak characters and tepid action scenes create a sense of ennui that receives no respite from the convoluted plot and half-formed explanations. Sophisticated horror fans will recognize the mutated creatures and indescribable underground evil as a pale nod to Stephen King's Desperation (1996). Grant attempts to deal with too much, from autism to bulimia to divided families, and the thin writing is unable to sustain the weight of those issues. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Gone Series, #1
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14 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

299 hours, 54 minutes

One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone.



No "poof." No flash of light. No explosion.

Sam Temple was sitting in third-period history class staring blankly at the blackboard, but far away in his head. In his head he was down at the beach, he and Quinn. Down at the beach with their boards, yelling, bracing for that first plunge into cold Pacific water.

For a moment he thought he had imagined it, the teacher disappearing. For a moment he thought he'd slipped into a daydream.

Sam turned to Mary Terrafino, who sat just to his left. "You saw that, right?"

Mary was staring hard at the place where the teacher had been.

"Um, where's Mr. Trentlake?" It was Quinn Gaither, Sam's best, maybe only, friend. Quinn sat right behind Sam. The two of them favored window seats because sometimes if you caught just the right angle, you could actually see a tiny sliver of sparkling water between the school buildings and the homes beyond.

"He must have left," Mary said, not sounding like she believed it.

Edilio, a new kid Sam found potentially interesting, said, "No, man. Poof." He did a thing with his fingers that was a pretty good illustration of the concept.

Kids were staring at one another, craning their necks this way and that, giggling nervously. No one was scared. No one was crying. The whole thing seemed kind of funny.

"Mr. Trentlake poofed?" said Quinn, with a suppressed giggle in his voice.

"Hey," someone said, "where's Josh?"

Heads turned to look.

"Was he here today?"

"Yes, he was here. He was right here next to me." Sam recognized the voice. Bette. Bouncing Bette.

"He just, you know, disappeared," Bette said. "Just like Mr. Trentlake."

The door to the hallway opened. Every eye locked on it. Mr. Trentlake was going to step in, maybe with Josh, and explain how he had pulled off this magic trick, and then get back to talking in his excited, strained voice about the Civil War nobody cared about.

But it wasn't Mr. Trentlake. It was Astrid Ellison, known as Astrid the Genius, because she was . . . well, she was a genius. Astrid was in all the AP classes the school had. In some subjects she was taking online courses from the university.

Astrid had shoulder-length blond hair, and liked to wear starched white short-sleeved blouses that never failed to catch Sam's eye. Astrid was out of his league, Sam knew that. But there was no law against thinking about her.

"Where's your teacher?" Astrid asked.

There was a collective shrug. "He poofed," Quinn said, like maybe it was funny.

"Isn't he out in the hallway?" Mary asked.

Astrid shook her head. "Something weird is happening. My math study group . . . there were just three of us, plus the teacher. They all just disappeared."

"What?" Sam said.

Astrid looked right at him. He couldn't look away like he normally would, because her gaze wasn't challenging, skeptical like it usually was: it was scared. Her normally sharp, discerning blue eyes were wide, with way too much white showing. "They're gone. They all just . . . disappeared."

"What about your teacher?" Edilio said.

"She's gone, too," Astrid said.


"Poof," Quinn said, not giggling so much now, starting to think maybe it wasn't a joke after all.

Sam noticed a sound. More than one, really. Distant car alarms, coming from town. He stood up, feeling self-conscious, like it wasn't really his place to do so, and walked on stiff legs to the door. Astrid moved away so he could step past her. He could smell her shampoo as he went by.

Sam looked left, down toward room 211, the room where Astrid's math wonks met. The next door down, 213, a kid stuck out his head. He had a half-scared, half-giddy expression, like someone buckling into a roller coaster.

The other direction, down at 207, kids were laughing too loud. Freaky loud. Fifth graders. Across the hall, room 208, three sixth graders suddenly burst out into the hallway and stopped dead. They stared at Sam, like he might yell at them.

Perdido Beach School was a small-town school, with everyone from kindergarten to ninth grade all in one building, elementary and middle school together. High school was an hour's drive away in San Luis.

Sam walked toward Astrid's classroom. She and Quinn were right behind him.

The classroom was empty. Desk chairs, the teacher's chair, all empty. Math books lay open on three of the desks. Notebooks, too. The computers, a row of six aged Macs, all showed flickering blank screens.

On the chalkboard you could quite clearly see "Polyn."

"She was writing the word 'polynomial,'" Astrid said in a church-voice whisper.

"Yeah, I was going to guess that," Sam said dryly.

"I had a polynomial once," Quinn said. "My doctor removed it."

Astrid ignored the weak attempt at humor. "She disappeared in the middle of writing the 'o.' I was looking right at her."

Sam made a slight motion, pointing. A piece of chalk lay on the floor, right where it would have fallen if someone were writing the word "polynomial"—whatever that meant—and had disappeared before rounding off the "o."

"This is not normal," Quinn said. Quinn was taller than Sam, stronger than Sam, at least as good a surfer. But Quinn, with his half-crazy half-smile and tendency to dress in what could only be called a costume—today it was baggy shorts, Army-surplus desert boots, a pink golf shirt, and a gray fedora he'd found in his grandfather's attic—put out a weird-guy vibe that alienated some and scared others. Quinn was his own clique, which was maybe why he and Sam clicked.

Sam Temple kept a lower profile. He stuck to jeans and understated T-shirts, nothing that drew attention to himself. He had spent most of his life in Perdido Beach, attending this school, and everybody knew who he was, but few people were quite sure what he was. He was a surfer who didn't hang out with surfers. He was bright, but not a brain. He was good-looking, but not so that girls thought of him as a hottie.

Gone. Copyright © by Michael Grant. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Gone 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1339 reviews.
Hallxyz More than 1 year ago
If you ever wanted a book to replace your current favoite, this is it. I was given this book by accident and it was the greatest accident of my life. Imagine if every single person over the age of fourteen just disappeared. That's what happnes in the smal coastal town of Pedro Beach. And Sam Temple somehow is running it all. But he doesn't realize that people (besides him) have powers, super speed, telekinessis, teleportation, and super strength, just to name a few. And when an evil kid named Caine comes into the town (which is covered in a giant dome) Sam has to dicide whether to buy into Caine's to good to be true story,or keep guard and protect the kids of Pedro Beach. This book has too many good elements to even type, so all I can say is read GONE!!!
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Great read that kept me up at night. Would make a great movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
PROS!!!! (1)Typically, I try to avoid books that have multiple characters¿ perspectives, but Michael Grant interweaved the stories of the characters in an easy to follow fashion. (2)I was also impressed by Grant¿s ability to perfectly imitate the mind of a teen: usually, author¿s make their teen characters come to conclusions that an average teen wouldn¿t have thought to keep the story line going but Grant¿s characters¿ realistic choices made this book believable. (3)Branching off of my previous statement, in this book the mutations and super powers were left unexplained which adds to realness of the story. (4)Another significant aspect of the book was its detail in comparison with its length. As you probably are aware of, this book is 558 pages. Most books that I have read that are that long usually cover months, some years, but Gone only covers a span of 12 days. The detail spent on each day creates such a vivid picture that I can completely picture Perdido beach as if been there several times before. (5)The most powerful and mighty of all characters in this book is a severely autistic four year old. Not only is it an unusually and unexpected twist to the plot line, it provides several challenges: the challenge of teaching him how to use his power, figuring out how to make him aware of his environment, and allowing him to save the world without putting him at danger. CONS!!!!! (1) I didn¿t like how the wolves were able to speak. I understand that the idea isn¿t any more far fetched then the teen¿s having superpowers but its just hard to accept and is the only thing keeping me from fully accepting the possibility of this actually occurring. (2) The book would have been a better read if it had at least one segment in Little Pete¿s perspective. It would have provided an interesting viewpoint and a better understanding. (3) I thought that overcoming the blink was a little bit to easy and if was really just a matter of saying no to a temptation, a couple of adults would have been able to survive. Overall: The book was an exciting and quick read and I¿m looking forward to its sequel.
MissAmerica-MCReading More than 1 year ago
"Gone" is a book that will have you running back to the book store just to get the second book! This book can teach you things when you least except it, it teaches you loyalty, friendship and maybe just how to survive without any adults in the world. One of the many things in this book that I liked was how the characters just seemed to have the right kind of sarcasm that could lighten the mood whenever danger was near. Sam- is a fourteen-year-old boy that everyone looks up to but never really notices. He has charm and a wit that can put his enemies to doubt. After everyone over fourteen disappears in his hometown and he risks his life to save a little girl from a burning fire everyone suddenly notices him. They realize that he could be the leader they need. Sam isn't good with being put on the spot and quickly puts away any desire to be the leader of the town. Astrid- is "The Brains" as people say. Astrid is smart and isn't afraid to speak her mind if she doesn't like the situation. She goes to the same school as Sam does, but they never really knew each other till the FAYZ, that's what people are calling the disappearance of everyone over the age of fourteen. Astrid is pretty and serious about most things. Quinn- is Sam's best friend and his right hand man on almost everything he does. Quinn is a surfer dude with no problems in his sight, that is until the FAYZ starts. Through-out the book you may learn that Quinn isn't as loyal as we all thought to his best friend. Edilio- is a friend from school that leads by Sam's side all the way, he is always up for anything. He is Mexican with a Spanish wit to everything he does. Caine- is a student from a privet prep school and with his fellow followers he plans to take over Sam's town. Telling everyone there that they should work together and that he would keep them safe, but really he wants nothing more then to take over everything. Drake-he works for Caine and is nothing more then a big bully that thinks too much of this strength and beats up anyone that dares to challenge him. He has his own plans to take over everyone. The FAYZ is not what they think; it can't be stopped by just anyone. It has a purpose and it won't stop till it has what it wants. Only the ones with power can stop it. Or can they? Gone is one of the best books I have ever read. It would definitely end up on my top five lists. This book is great for young adults. I would recommend anyone and everyone to read this great series. Look out for "Hunger" the second book to this great never ending story!
FrecklesLF More than 1 year ago
This book captures your attention and keeps you there until your done, and quite a while after that. It makes you wonder what would happen if all of the adults just dissapeared. Would we have the sense to do what Sam did? Sam connects with the reader, and makes it hard to let the book out of your hands. This book is the kind that makes you pull the covers back over your head at midnight and read with a flashlight.
Courtney6 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! It makes you think a lot about the world now and what would happen if everyone older than 14 just disappears! I really liked the characters too. I liked how there were many different characters points of view going on too, you should see what was going on at the same time someplace else. I recommend this book to anyone! It's amazing! Definately can't wait for the sequal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally I'm more into the romance, vampire-type books, but man...this book was just unbelievable and SO intense. I want to know EXACTLY how everyone disappeared, and mainly where they go when they DO disappear...it's driving me crazy! Can't wait for the sequel to this book. I'm so very excited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest I hated reading when my friend told me to read this book. I looked at it and said ''it's a waste of time I would never finish it.'' But she kept buggin me to read it. So one day I was at Barns and Nobles and I went in a bought it. I fell in love with it on the first page. Since then I read about twent-one books.
Avid_Reader101 More than 1 year ago
Sam Temple is my dream guy!(hE'S THE BLONDE guy on the cover!) Perdido Beach has always been small but now the population is even smaller. Every one over the age of 14 has disspeared, poofed, vacated, taken a one way trip outta there. Now there is this wallthat seperates the kids from tge outside world. If there even is an outside world . . . Sam is the leader of the group in Perdido Beach, California, along with his friends Quinn and Edillio. And his girlfriend Astrid. sam has powers. He canmake green fire shot from his hands. Caine, the hot guy from Coates private school, has a plan to take over Perdido Beach. It doesn't go well. Many people discover they have powers and discover secrets that never meant to be unleashed from the dark. . . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved Hunger Games or the Maze Runner series, this series is for you! It's suspenseful but thought-provoking. There are monsters and mutant powers and romance and dark descents into madness and glorious ascents of the soul as these kids fight against each other, for each other, and fight to do what's right in impossible circumstances. And the series just gets better as it goes! Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read the Hunger Games then you will love this series too. It is awayst up beat and keeos you wondering what will happen next.
Tidbitsofscott More than 1 year ago
Michael Grant's story "Gone" revolves around a young boy named Sam who is a good, but reluctant hero turned leader of the rag-tag group of survivors (some of whom have magical powers that are evolving). Sam, just days from his 15th birthday (where everyone appears to go "poof") has finally been given the opportunity to be with the girl of his dreams and be the hero he once was. There are other characters critical to the success of the novel. Astride (a genius and reluctant surrogate mother to her autistic and powerful brother, Little Pete); Edilio (Sam's friend, who unfortunately doesn't have powers but a lot of spunk); Caine (the dark and powerful twin of Sam, who wants Sam dead at all costs); Diana (the evil, but beautiful assistant to Caine); Drake (a young psychopath in the making); and Quinn (the confused and unreliable best friend of Sam). I liked how each chapter was counting down... "298 hours", "123 hours"... it made me wonder what was going to be at the end of the countdown. And even though this book is geared toward teens, this adult reviewer was definitely intrigued.
inksplatteredfingerzz More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have never read this book, you absolutely need to! GONE is about a pre-teen society called the FAYZ that is created when everyone over 15 disappears. Not only that, phone-lines shut off, internet access is down, and most strangely of all-and most importantly-there's an impenetrable barrier that surrounds the area. Crazy, unexplainable things happen inside the FAYZ-the kind that defy the laws of physics. The kind that would attract every sci-fi nut within a 20 mile radius. The author, Michael Grant, has woven one of the most complicated plots since Harry Potter. There is a host of complex and memorable characters, contributing their own stories in this bizarre world. So many elements are woven into the series, mutated animals, power-hungry teens, and the struggle to survive in what some call Stephen King's version of Lord of the Flies. GONE is not for the weak of heart. The first book is 500 pages and the storyline isn't even close to finished! Michael Grant has five more books coming your way-three of which are already out. But trust me, for those of you who pick up this book, you won't be sorry.
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This was a great book. I literally couldnt put it down. It was suspenseful but not very action-packed. I would have liked to see more action and a little less detail. Im currently reading the next book in the series, Hunger. Im a little less than halfway done and im surprised i had time to even write this review wirh how long ive been reading. I cant wait to finish the series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Mom got me this as a surprise from my school Book Fair. She gave it to me, and as a non-reader, I told her she shouldn't have gotten it. My Dad got mad and grounded me from using my laptop, cell phone or any electronic for that day. I picked up the book and started reading it. Got interested right away, seriously couldn't stop. I kept saying to myself "Just this last chapter, then off to sleep. Ok, maybe one more." I've just finished reading the 3rd one, waiting for "Plague". I guarantee you'll love them.
Reading_Under_the_Stars More than 1 year ago
I actually started this about two years ago and I have to admit, I only got so far before I stopped reading it altogether. I think it was just because I wasn’t really getting into it at the beginning and I was too impatient to stick with it. But this time I did, and honestly? It was so worth it. Sam Temple is sitting in class with his fellow students, listening to Mr Trentlake teaching them about the Civil War when suddenly, he disappears. No warning. Just poof. Gone. And it’s not just his teacher. It’s every teacher, every parent, everyone, in fact, aged 15 or over. Following this strange and disturbing event is the discovery of a barrier, something the kids come to call the FAYZ. What then begins is a battle – a battle to keep order and structure in a world that suddenly has no rules and, ultimately, a battle to survive. Michael Grant is a truly brilliant writer. The world he has constructed here is, I think, quite true to what would actually happen if such a thing occurred. There’s always going to be someone who jumps at the chance to exploit a bad situation – in this case, someone who wants power over everyone else. Likewise, there’s always going to be someone to balance it out and fight for what is right. This makes a power struggle inevitable and Grant has really portrayed and developed this idea well. Vivid and realistic, I was able to visualise this world clearly and share in the brutality and peace, the hope and despair. The author does not shy away from the dangers and realities of such circumstances, and so the harshness is reflected here, making it all the more believable. I also liked the fast pace. There were times when I found my interest waning, but it always picked up. Sam Temple blew me away by how strong he was. He was a compelling mix of strategic fighter, capable leader and regular guy. Sam knew how to step up to a situation. Sure, he didn’t want to be the one everyone looked up to, but when it came to crunch time, he accepted that responsibility. Modesty was his response to people’s claims of his heroism. Mixed in with that were moments of self-doubt and anger that it all came down to him. Mixed in with that was a school crush which then evolved into something deeper. He sounds too good to be true here, but when you read the book, you know what he comes across as? Real. Sam Temple is real. When I started this, I had misgivings about reading from what is, for me, such a young perspective. But those soon went away, because it struck me that that perspective grew to sound a little older. A lot of the characters sound slightly older than their years. I think that it really worked in this case, because the events these characters go through are gruelling. Tough. Yet Grant doesn’t do this unrealistically. There are still youthful turns of phrases and behaviours that keep these characters true to their ages and all the more real. One character I took exceptional issue with was Sam’s supposed best friend Quinn. To be honest, I reached a point where I was just sick of hearing his voice. I found him to be such a weak character, personality-wise. I can understand him freaking out, but in light of all the stronger characters around his, I couldn’t understand how consistently pathetic he was. Constantly whining and resentful, he dithered between being the puppet of Caine and Orc (those in favour of power and brutality) and trying to stay in Sam’s good books. He didn’t have the guts to pick one side and stick with it. Any trace of his morality evaporated. And he wasn’t the only one. Jack was another to earn my disdain. Orc was someone I really didn’t like. Not in that I was scornful of him, like with Quinn, but in the sense that I couldn’t believe what he was doing. His sole focus on becoming someone to be feared disgusted me. The acts that focus drove him to, disgusted me. It’s strange because while Caine was just as evil, if not more so, I didn’t have quite the same reaction to him. I didn’t like him, but Cain was different. Much as I’m less than impressed with these characters, I do think it’s a sign of good writing here, because all of these character types can be found. Plus, it all gets a reaction. Grant wrote in third person, but from different perspectives, and I enjoyed reading from all these different voices. Overall, Gone was much more impressive that I thought it’d be. I seem to have this thing where I read books after all the hype, so I’m pretty late on this one. Fast-paced, action-packed and less straightforward than this review owns to, Gone is not a book you want to have missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An 11 year old could read this
John Mercer More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!!
U_withthe_FACE More than 1 year ago
I love the series, it's absolutely outstanding!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the book, I have recommended it to my friends and can't wait to read the next book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gone, by Michael Grant, is the classic tail with a no body hero stepping up to stave off the darkness of chaos and evil. There are many twists and turns and some dead ends for our heroes, Sam, Astrid, Qin and Edilio. They are faced with some interesting dilemmas as well as with love, friendship and some new problems that are unique to Perdido Beach. Sam is an ordinary boy who has to step up. Astrid, the genius; Qin, his bro; and Edilio, the "mister fix-it", are Sam's friends. They help Sam overcome his inner struggles and help him out of hard spots. On the other side are Kane, Diana, and Drake. They are out to stop Sam. All they want is to control Perdido Beach. Will Sam and his friends be smart enough to beat off these bullies? Overall, I liked Michael's book. He kept me enthralled all the way to the end, but it ends too soon! He left so many unanswered questions and the answers you get, led to many more questions. If you love fiction as much as I do, you will love this book. You people that don't like fiction, this book is packed with true to life characters in real situations. Get this book on your booklist today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite book. I've read it 6 times and I'm on my 7th. It makes you feel like you are each character. I love the thrill of turning each page. It is a must read for anyone. I didn't think it was my type of book, I like Gossip Girl and The Clique. But it was the best. MUST READ!!
Paulyanne More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much that it is very hard to explain, so you have romance and yet you have people dying and animals and people mutating and also teamwork and deception. I love that every once and awhile the author is changing the perspective of the reader to some other character. I loved that I had no idea what was going to happen next and thats what I was hoping for in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first exposure to Michael Grant's writing, and he totally blew me away. Maybe it was because I am partial to the sci-fi/fantasy genre, but truthfully I don¿t think it had anything to do with it. This story was just.... WOW! Imagine sitting in class one day, maybe you are paying attention to your teacher, maybe you are daydreaming about surfing, then all of a sudden your teacher disappears. What would you do? It just so happens that this very scenario happens to Sam Temple in his history class. It turns out his teacher isn¿t the only on missing, it turns out that anyone over the age of thirteen is missing. Not just missing but disappeared. No cell phones, no television, no Internet. Poof gone! Sam has been in a horrific experience like this before, well maybe not exactly like this. Sam had saved a bunch of kids in a school bus after the driver had a heart attack, good ole¿ School Bus Sam. Sam was a natural leader, but he didn¿t feel like it. Everyone was looking up to him for answers, but all Sam felt was guilt. Guilt because there was a possibility that this was his fault. Sam has this little problem, he can shoot beams of light out of his hands and burn people¿s hands off. Literally. But I guess things like that happen when you live in Fallout Alley. Thankfully Sam isn¿t alone. He has is best friend and surfer brah, Quinn. The genius Astrid, who Sam has secret feelings for, and the faithful and dependable, Edilio. Of course in any untamed civilization there is always a power struggle, those who have it and those who want to take it away. It turns out that Sam isn¿t the only one that has 'powers.' When the kids from the private school Coates Academy show up, Sam and Astrid realize there is something more going on. It also doesn¿t help that the kids from Coats and the kids from Perdido don¿t exactly get along. Caine from Coates Academy comes in, dazzles everyone with his charm and takes control of the FAYZ, a.k.a. Fallout Alley Youth Zone. Caine has his own secrets. He has powers of his own. And if he thinks your powers might be a threat to him, he takes care of you one way or another. But when Caine¿s sinister sidekick Drake allows a girl to be beaten to death with a baseball bat, for doing a 'magic trick' things go from bad to worse. Caine knows that everyone looks up to Sam as a leader, so starts the battle of good vs. evil. Besides Caine has his own hidden agenda toward Sam. Oh! And did I mention that when you turn fourteen, you poof too. So not only does Sam have to save his new world, he will be fourteen in a week or so. No worries though. Yeah right! There are so many twists and turns in the plot that you won¿t be able to put this book down until it¿s well, gone. But don¿t fret, this is only the beginning of a six-part series. The characters are well developed. I love when you feel like you really connect with characters, and this was one of those experiences. You not only get to experience Sam¿s part of the story but the views of many other characters. There is action, suspense, romance, and fantasy all rolled into one. Gone is a spectacular beginning to what I can only hope will be a thrilling series! Amazing!!!