John Gone

John Gone

by Michael Kayatta
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John Gone by Michael Kayatta

After finding a mysterious wristwatch buried in the sand, sixteen-year-old John suddenly finds himself teleporting farther and farther away from his home each day when the hands strike 3:14. Unable to deactivate the device or remove it from his arm, John must do what he can to survive when its dangerous creator comes looking for his lost invention. John Gone is Book One of The Diaspora Trilogy.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044338913
Publisher: Michael Kayatta
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 250,433
File size: 841 KB

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John Gone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Marshall_Honorof More than 1 year ago
For any teen who has finished The Hunger Games but feels that Twilight lacks action, Michael Kayatta has provided the perfect follow-up. In his debut novel John Gone, Kayatta weaves a tale of friendship, betrayal, intrigue, and good science gone bad. When teenager John Popielarski finds a strange wristwatch on the beach near his house in Longboard Key, Florida, it launches him into a globe-trotting adventure and a race against a literal clock. The watch can teleport its user anywhere on Earth, but not without a price. When a trapped scientist and two trained killers both want the watch for their own ends, it's up to John and his tech wizard, not-really-girlfriend, Ronika to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Simply put, John Gone has superb action sequences, and it has a good deal of them. Whether John is evading capture on the high seas, crashing a party in France, or lost in the Egyptian desert, Kayatta handles his adventures with a quick pace and snappy dialogue. The cast of characters is both fleshed out and likable, particularly Ronika, who is offbeat enough to keep a reader's attention but down-to-earth enough to be believable, and the enigmatic Dr. Kala, who appears to be friend, foe, and everything in-between. The narrative is tight and descriptive, and Kayatta does his best to keep exposition to a minimum, even when dealing with fairly complex scientific theories. Those who like science will be pleased to know that the book has a fairly good grounding it it, and those who don't will be relieved to hear that no scientific background is necessary to enjoy the plentiful arguments, chases, and fights. For any teen - especially boys, although girls will find a lot to like in Ronika - John Gone is a perfect mix of action, sci-fi, and drama, with just enough romance thrown in to keep the 13-and-over crowd on its toes. Readers should be warned that the book ends with many story threads still hanging, but two subsequent books, Missing Signals and Company Men, will wrap them up. All in all, a great effort and a solid read from a talented first-time novelist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even tho it's science fiction involving time travel you find your self believing the story & not wanting to put it down
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much. Nice story with an interesting concept.
StephanieHabern More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading. Loved this book! What begins simply as a kid finding a watch turns into a global adventure as John becomes the unwilling victim of a large corporation and is mercilessly hunted down. As I was reading it I found myself eagerly waiting for the clock to strike 3:14 again. Lots of unexpected plot twists which made reading it a page turner. John Gone has very well-developed interesting characters but curiously the main character, John, could be any one of us. Want a good read? Pick this one up ¿ its hard to put down.
ChrissySwanson More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book, I was hesitant to dive into yet another teleportation sci-fi book seeing as though this concept is a bit overused in my opinion, yet after finishing the first three chapters it was very clear that this was actually an adventure story. I really enjoy how quickly you¿re sucked into the world of John and Ronika, and sometimes, the insane situations they find themselves in. A few complaints might be that the flow of story can drag in some places while speeding through others where I would have liked more details. That being said, the story hooks you. By the end of the book I found myself needing the answers to the many questions that Kayatta created. Glad there¿s a sequel!