It was about time to read a new book. I love to read, but my reading time is highly limited thanks to my two darling children. In fact, I was at the library (where I discovered this book) because of my oldest. I take him to the children’s reading time to let him socialize and experience the joys of reading. While he was sitting there listening to the book being read, I snuck off to the nearest non-children aisle. It just so happened to be young adult – my guilty pleasure. There and behold, Gone. The cover was enough to capture my attention, so I yanked it down and went back to the kids. Yes, a blind read! I had no idea what the book was about.
That night, after the kids were in bed, I absorbed into my new book! This novel by Michael Grant pulled me in right away! I couldn’t put it down. It begins with all the adults disappearing. Cellphones, telephones, and internet no longer work. The thought of the panic that would erupt in real life knotted my stomach, and it played out in most of the chapters. Even though the book was written about children 15 and under, the writing itself wasn’t juvenile. Most of the characters’ dialogue was relevant to their ages, however, there were a few times when I thought some of the children were too mature. It’s hard to believe a 14 year old has the anger and greediness to be able to kill and torture for complete control.
The book is actually a little busy. I like that, but I know some people like a little down time between action scenes. So that might be a downer for some. Also, the concept of bullies trumping non-bullies seems a little childish. But honestly, it’s realistic – I could imagine that happening in the real world if parents, teachers, the police, and every other adult disappeared.
Even more then just disappearing adults, there is the fact that mutations seem to be going on with some of the children and even animals. Certain superpowers are being discovered, which makes the competition for power all the more dangerous. There is also a strange, neverending wall that circles the entire town, keeping the children trapped inside. Past the sci-fi genre, there is even some love and romance.
After finishing this book, I am looking forward to starting the next one, Hunger. However, I was slightly disappointed in the ending. There was so much build-up throughout the book, then it suddenly and inconclusively ends. But it is nice to read something without the seemingly omnipresent vampire theme going around nowadays. All in all, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Gone was published in 2008 and is available in hardcover as well as paperback. You can go to the Barnes and Noble online store and find this book- it’s only $12.95 for hardcover and $8.99 for paperback. They also offer free shipping for orders over $25 (even to Alaska!)