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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Gone by Michael Grant

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Re-Read? Probably not because of the general size of the book. But maybe a chapter, here and there.

Recommend? Yes, I recommend this really to anyone.

Release Date: Reprint: April 28, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 576


In the blink of an eye.

Everyone disappears.


Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.

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 and war is imminent.

The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.

My Thoughts:

Poof. That's how it went. Teachers, adults, parents-- everyone fifteen and older, just gone. Fourteen year old kids are now having to take charge in a world very unlike the one they are used to. Gone portrays a world as it would be if the world were suddenly ruled by pre-teens. Simply... Anarchy.

really surprised me. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and the character development was executed well. I really got to know the characters in those five-hundred sum pages. I also liked the POV change throughout the book because it really gave you insight to a lot more characters then just Sam, Astrid, Quinn, and Edilio. I really liked Sam, which is important because I have a hard time getting through books with badly written protagonists. Gone was a quick read for being the five-hundred sum pages it is. Once in awhile I felt it lagging a little, but just as quick it would pick up the pace again.

's world appeared to be a parallel to the actual world, just a children's edition. The strong pick on the weak, the clever find roles for themselves, and a leader emerges. This book describes how people change when cornered with a crisis; how their true forms emerge and how they bloom to meet the task at hand.

I liked this book, and I recommend it to anyone who might find a Darwinist approach applied cleverly in a YA package appealing. Because I did.
Hunger, the sequel to Gone, is now available. I know I'll be picking it up!


Cover: 3.5
Plot: 4.0
Characters: 4.5
Writing: 3.0


  1. Sounds like an update on Lord of the Flies. Good, but terrifying. Glad you liked it, and thanks for the review!

  2. I loved this book and I totally agree about the darwinist approach, especially with all the mutations. Great review!

  3. I have really been wanting to read this book for a while now. I'm glad you liked it and I can't wait to read it for myself. Sorry to hear you won't likely read it again. Thanks for posting your review girl! :)


  4. I found this book too long. I didn't like the POV switches and felt every single one of them could have been eliminated, which would have shortened the book and tightened the pacing for me. Otherwise, it was a fantastic YA dystopian read.

  5. Great review! I haven't read this series only because my TBR pile is so huge, but maybe soon.

  6. I love your blog!!! I am going to have to read some reviews! If you want I have a book blog to check it out sometime

    Have a good day =)

  7. Hmm this is definitely one I'll have to check out then - there seems to be a fair amount of positive feedback. And the 500 some pages doesn't seem like a big deal? And it's sci fi! Awesome review!


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