Light (Gone Series #6)

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It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since everyperson over the age of fourteen disap-peared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the...

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Overview

It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since everyperson over the age of fourteen disap-peared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

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It happened in the proverbial blink. Everyone in Perdido Beach, California simply vanished; everybody that is except middle schoolers and toddlers. All the parents, teachers, doctors, and cops were gone, and with them, just as mysteriously, went the internet, phones, and television. In the sixth and final volume of Michael Grant's viral favorite Gone series, these stranded young people have been improvising their coping strategies, even as they gain new powers and confront new dangers. The finale of a truly riveting series; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

VOYA - Stacy Hayman
Nearly a year after it all began but only two days after the world could see inside, life in the FAYZ continues on a downward spiral. Now that the dome is transparent, trying to communicate with parents and watching a jumbo television screen are distracting kids from their everyday obligations. Soon the threat of starvation grows equal to the fear of destruction by the monster child Gaia. Staying alive against the odds has never been easy, but with hope for an end in sight, the pressure intensifies. Everyone in the FAYZ knows survival is far from guaranteed, for anyone. As a series finale, this book is more than satisfying—it is epic. With the first chapter starting a countdown of just a little over three days, the tension of wondering how it will all end kicks in on the first page and does not let go. Horrific, tragic, and brilliantly kind moments alternate, keeping readers unsettled and desperate to know what happens next. Longtime fans should be prepared but will still feel the loss of characters they have come to know and love, or love to hate. The good news? Those lingering questions driving dedicated readers mad are truly answered, including how the protective dome was created and what elements brought the gaiaphage into existence. The only cautionary note is due to violence and sexual scenes, making this most appropriate for emotionally mature or older teens. This is a fabulous series from start to finish, particularly for the guys. Reviewer: Stacy Hayman
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With the world outside the FAYZ in sight and stakes rising, characters take drastic actions for survival and redemption. As the barrier has become clear, the FAYZ kids gain an audience, creating anxiety about performance as they worry about how they will be perceived by the adults in the normal world. Kids now communicating with their parents and the media have renewed hope that the end of the FAYZ is near, and they act accordingly. Others deduce that Gaia is up to something big, the endgame, now that the gaiaphage has taken a human form. They restructure leadership so Sam and Caine can team up to try to stop Gaia before it's too late. Sure enough, Gaia can feel little Pete weakening without his physical form and plans to doom the human race once Pete fades enough for the barrier to fall. But first Gaia must prevent Pete from taking a physical form again by trying to slaughter his potential hosts--the FAYZ kids. However, Gaia must kill judiciously, as the powered kids' link to the gaiaphage is revealed and explained. The answers to the FAYZ mysteries sometimes come in less-than-graceful exposition, but dedicated series readers will be more concerned with satisfying their curiosity. Multiple chapters of aftermath wrap up the series better than an epilogue could. A bloody, action-packed reward for the series' loyal fans. (Science fiction. 14 & up)
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“The Gone books have been one of the most dependable YA series inrecent history. Readers dying for this series ender will be rewarded by Grant’s characteristicnonstop action. He keeps readers where he’s always had them—on the edge of their seats—until the very end.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061449185
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Gone Series , #6
  • Pages: 413
  • Sales rank: 135,775
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant

Michael Grant, author of the Gone series and the Magnificent Twelve series, has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Endgame. The word appears often throughout Light, and there is a

    Endgame. The word appears often throughout Light, and there is a great reason for it. Light was the endgame of the whole Gone series, and I have been with this series since I was 11 years old, and now I am 16. This book perfectly wrapped up the whole series, and every single question of mine was answered. Some of the deaths in this book were devastating, and not just because of who the characters were that died. The stories and development of the characters who died were what made their deaths truly devastating.
    Speaking of characters and development, each and every character developed beautifully. Michael Grant has done a great job of showing how each character has grown into their true self, and it has been amazing to read how they have grown from scared little kids to adults who can make their own choices. This book was absolutely incredible, and if the series doesn't gain the same height of popularity of the Hunger Games and God help me, Twilight, I will be very surprised.

    Michael Grant, I applaud you. This series and this final book was one of the best I will probably ever read, and I read a lot. Thank you for a wonderful five years of great books.

    WARNING: Do NOT read this is you are under 15 or so. The first book, Gone, is fine for a middle schooler, but any books after the first are too violent and dark for anyone not in high school or older. In especially the last three books, there is a lot of violence, sex, and drug references. Also, if you have a queasy stomach, DO NOT READ. I am usually fine with blood and gore and horror, but even I felt sick and a little scared while reading Light. If you can't handle The Hunger Games and books like it, then you most certainly can NOT handle these books. 

    35 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Amazing end to an amazing series!

    This book was incredible. Grant you have done it again! The plot! Ohh the plot! I will not spoil anything but I will simply say it is excellent. It left me crying half of the time but never-the-less excellent! Grant does a phenomenal job of connecting to the readers - As a reader you feel for characters in ways you never imagined in previous books and he builds and develops relationships between the reader and characters that carry over from the previous books. The characters are real and relatable. Unlike in some other novels their conversations are perfectly timed and natural, the choices the characters make -although not always noble- seem human and thouroughly in character at all times. In this book there is so much character development especially looking back on the scared children they all were when the book began. The relaationships between characters too! The friendships and romances between characters grow and develop before your eyes without ever feeling forced. Grant has created characters that you will root for and hate, repect and look down upon but every character is complex. I loved this book! The one point I would say, however is that I see some of the comments and poor ratings mostly from readers around age 12 and 13. This is not a book for that age group- I am 16 and as the editorial reviews say This book is for a mature high school audience. It contains gore and violence and sexual references - please look at the editorial reviews first.

    Thanks for taking the time to read all this. I hope it helps :)

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    READ IT!!!!

    I LOVE this whole entire series! It made me cry, laugh, and dance with joy. This needs to be a movie.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

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    The Gone series is by far one of the best book series i have ever read, and Light was the perfect conclusion. It is tragic and sad and made me cry at times; yet it had moments full of love and friendship and humor that made me smile. It was action-packed and thrilling in the very best way. I couldn't have put it down for a gazillion dollars. Thats how good it was.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

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    Finally! After several months of waiting, Light is finally here

    Finally! After several months of waiting, Light is finally here!!! (Does cartwheel)


    Since I've Gone, I've been hooked on this series. The Gone series is a mixture of action, adventure, drama, a little romance, and likeable and dislikeable characters It's like reading and action movie. It is a mixture of X-Men and Degrassi.
    Light is the endgame. This book decides who wins. Who survives and who dies. This is why I love theses books. They're are such cliffhangers. Since I got light, I haven't been able to stop reading. I even read through the night on a school day. It sucks that the series is finally over. I DON'T WANT IT TO END!!!!!!!!!!! :( But it was a great book. It's an amazing series that is thought provoking and really shows us readers what people will do what it takes to survive. I can see the gone novels made into and EPIC TV series. The perfect characters, cliffhangers, action adventure. I may make a few people angry by saying this, but the events in the Gone series is 1000000X worse than the events in The Walking dead. Don't believe me, read the Gone series and after reading Plague, Fear and Light, you'll understand why The Gone series overpowers The Walking dead. Michael Grant, I thank you for creating the perfect series. As sad as it is that the series is finally over, it will have an impact on me for the rest of my life. Thank you Michael Grant. P.S. I love Diana!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    This was a masterpiece. Referring to this book, but also to the

    This was a masterpiece.
    Referring to this book, but also to the entirety of the series.

    I have to admit that with Gone, I didn’t really enjoy Grant’s writing style. It was a bit jumpy, and the tone was inconsistent, but as the series went on I realized that that his appeal. His narrative can be sassy, or serious, or funny, or horrifying—and it all fits. He sees inside these characters, but he doesn’t tell us what he sees. He shows us using every way possible—the dialogue, the tone, the sentence structure itself.

    Even the minor, minor characters were engaging, and we were able to see just enough of their background to feel sympathy for their situation. The main characters were flawless-- in how they had so many flaws. Their actions were natural, and were consistently in character. Their feelings were understandable, and in that way supported their every decision. There was no random change. There was character development, and a lot of it. Good ol' character development. The character relationships also developed perfectly, not just the romantic ones, but also the ones between friends and allies. We are constantly reminded how each and every character is important to the story, and to each other. They were easy to relate to; they weren't natural heroes or leaders, they merely stepped up to the plate and did what they had to do and survive.

    In a way (a good one), it WAS like Lord of the Flies, but far more in depth, with the addition of special powers, which, instead of being seemly afterthought, a "quirk" of the story, were perfectly incorporated into the plot, which was divine and fantastically gritty (That's actually an understatement. At times this book was graphic, grotesque, and disturbing. Which is wonderful.). The humanity of the characters mixed with their gruesome situation made for an incredible story-- very, very well written and laid out by Grant-- that concluded perfectly with Light. Questions were answered, every plot point works and is consistent (the view of the world on the outside, the gaiaphage, etc.) and unlike Lord of the Flies, we do not get a man who suddenly appears on the shore-- we get epic last battles, a ride on an emotional roller coaster, and a satisfying and tasteful epilogue.

    So yes, five stars.

    (Oh, and Mr. Patterson? THIS is how you end a book series.)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    THE BEST THING EVER

    This is THE best series in the world. He couldnt have done a better job on this book. I literally could not put it down! This book wraps up the series PERFECTLY!!! Read this. Now.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Beautifully Written

    This series was hands down amazing. I did not want this book to end. The ending was absolutly perfect and i didnt feel like it was incomplete. Every character i felt was portrayed completly. Throughout the series i have had countless night staying up late and not putting it down until i could not longer stay awake. The deaths in this book had me completly devastated, i felt as if they were real. I counted down the days until this book would be realesed. This series did not sugarcoat any gruesome details, which i love. It made it feel just as real! Grant took in acount of what would realisticly happen if adults disappeared, a opaque dome shell covered a town, and if kids had superhuman abilities. Im inlove with this series/book and would recommend it to ANYONE with a strong stomache and a love for a good series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    I wish....

    I wish it was not over. I loved this book the best.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    BEST BOOK SERIES EVER

    This is a must read series i am 11 and it was a little too old forr me.this ends the series perfectly and couldnt have been done better. If you love action and sci fi read this.this is probably my absolute favorite in the series.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Favorite series

    I have anxiously awaited each title in this series. This one far surpassed each of the others. It brought the series to a acceptable conclusion. For 8th grade and adults reading. Loved the whole series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Third and great book

    It was and is a great book i got it around two in the morning an could not put it down. I have moments where i love the story because something happen and times i allmost cryed because of who dies ( I say no more). I have been with the series from the start and hve to say it was worth waiting for each and ever book to come out

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Awesome, but...

    This. Book. Was. Amazing! And I'm not just saying that because I've been a fan of this series since the very beginning; the entirety of this book, the character development, plot, story dynamic, etc. was as engaging annd frustrating as usual. My only complaint (some might consider this a SPOILER):
    MICHAEL GRANT. YOU CANNOT END A SIX-BOOK SERIES BY KILLING OFF THE MAJORITY OF THE ORIGINAL CHARACTERS AND OFFERING A SHODDY EXPLANATION OF THE IMPROBABLE SCIENCE BEHIND THE STORY ON THE SECOND-TO-LAST PAGE.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    This book amazes me on how much it has grown since the first one

    This book amazes me on how much it has grown since the first one in the series. This book made me laugh and smile, and even cry when some of the characters you have grown to love do not make it. This book is "mature" in some spots, but compared to what they show on tv nowadays, it's nothing. I loved this series and I am so sad to see it go, but the way Michael Grant ended it couldn't have been better. I am in love with Astrid and Sam, they are wonderful and cheezy. This series needs to be made into a mini-series on tv, or even movies. I would be first in line to see it! Good job Michael Grant, this series will stay with me the rest of my life!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    The Low

    Anyone who gave this book a bad review should go live in the FAYZ without powers. I like the ending even though I would like to know what happens to Caine. The last we hear of him he says he can no longer feel his body, but he was still thinking. What's that supposed to mean? The note Caine gave to the world was a great idea. I liked the way Grant made those last chapters. I'm glad he didn't make an epilogue. Personally I think this is much better than the hunger games if you can handle it. I would love for this to be a movie, but I'm afraid it would be rated R. I would rather it be rated R than cutting the gore and other things because that is part of what makes the series so good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Genius work of art

    This book was absolutely genius. Utterly horrifying, enough so that you need to read more. Most series after about 3 books get boring, but this is a complete suprise ending. A must read, i would reccomend for age 14 and up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Astounding

    I didnt expect so much death in the endgame escially when some of the best chracters were killed. The resolution of the series was mindblowing and everything made sense. Alot of things worked out in the best way possible. Read this series! It will make you laugh and cry and keep you egaged til the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Great

    This book was really good. I'm not sure i compleatly like the ending with Caine gone and all, but its okay. I think this series is very good, but a little weird. I got grossed out when Gaia started eating Alex's arm, and when Drake was reforming but it was still good. I think that anybody with a weak stomache should NOT read this series. Otherwise yeah, its awesome!!




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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    In my opinion this is the BEST SERIES i have ever read. Grant po

    In my opinion this is the BEST SERIES i have ever read. Grant portrays characters that feel real and that you can relate to. You go through many feelings while reading as each character goes through changes and hardships. I have read this series over a course of a few years and I am extremely sad to have finished it. I will never forget these books and they have changed my life forever. I would highly reccommend this series. The ending was great, but also extremely sad. Please read this series!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE!!!

    I havent read LIGHT or finished FEAR yet, but I still agree with all you people about the need to make this series into a movie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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