Gone by Michael Grant

We welcomed a new addition to our family last week: Harry the Cat. If you have a cat, you will know that they have to be the centre of your attention at all times, especially when they are kittens. 

Everytime I tried reading a book in the last week, Harry has sat on it, or tried to eat it and just generally demonstrated that she was not happy about the whole thing. Therefore I’ve not got much reading done…

It’s taken me a week to read Gone. I actually bought all of the books in the series on Kindle a few years ago, but then never got around to reading them. I decided to pick up the paperback and give the series a go…

From the blurb:

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 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

Sam Temple is in class when his teacher suddenly disappears.  One minute he’s lecturing them, the next second “Poof”. 

The kids of Perdido Beach soon realised that everyone over the age of fifteen has disappeared. 

In a world with no adults, chaos reigns. The town is full of small defenceless children, who now have no one to look after them.  Some of the older teenagers, like Sam, step up to take responsibility for the town, but others take advantage of the more vulnerable kids for their own gain. 

There is an impenetrable force field around the town, preventing anyone from leaving, and weird things are happening to the people left behind… some are starting to develop strange powers. 

The local wildlife is also acting strange; seagulls are growing talons, cats are teleporting, there’s even a talking coyote…

When kids start blinking out of existence on their 15th birthday, Sam, his best friend Quinn, and Astrid the Genius try to do everything they can to figure out what is happening, and how they can stop more kids from disappearing.

What happened to Perdido Beach? Is it something to do with the Nuclear power Station, and where do the kids go when they disappear?

I liked this book, it was creepy, the characters were interesting and very well-rounded for a YA book. I think the book would be a lot better without the superpower storyline… when it was just kids left alone, fighting for dominance, it was much more interesting. 

I loved the villains, like Drake, who has no powers, but gets a kick out of hurting people. 

Overall I gave this book 4 stars – I really enjoyed it, but I think it went a bit too far with the powers… I mean, talking Coyotes? Really…?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Stephani Xx


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