DNF: Gone by Michael Grant

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2536134The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s breathtaking dystopian, sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King.

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 birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

Michael Grant’s Gone as been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.

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My Review:

It really upsets me that I didn’t end up liking this book. There really wasn’t anything wrong with it story and writing wise. My problem lied with the kids being the main attraction of the story and the haunting truth behind human behavior. As an adult, I was beyond freaked out at the harsh abuse that these children were exhibiting. It was even more creepy with the thought in the back of my mind saying that kids really would act like that in that type of situation. It’s only human nature. It was just too harsh for me, though. I found no enjoyment from reading this type of series. Most of all, I found it to be really upsetting and disturbing .

I can definitely see why this series is so beloved and talked about. Grant’s writing is both powerful and moving. There really wasn’t anything to complain about writing or style wise. It really just came down to how much I could personally handle.

The characters were interesting, but I didn’t really latch on to any single character. I only made it 35% into this book before I had to stop so there was still a lot of time for character development that I just didn’t get around to see. Around the part that I quit reading there was a no twist being introduced that I think might have definitely increased the entertainment level.

One thing I did enjoy about this book was the take on powers and an almost Harry Potter vibe with kids and magic. I think that I would have responded to that twist better if I hadn’t already been so upset with the book. However, the powers themselves seemed to lead to even more destructive behavior between the children, which automatically turned me off.

In my personal opinion, this is a book that is going to appeal more to younger readers than adults. I only say that because I don’t think younger readers will be so terrified at the actions of the children like an adult will be. However, I’m looking at my Goodreads page and I see a ton of people LOVED this book. Maybe I’m the only wimp around here. It’s not a book or a series that I will be continuing, but I would definitely recommend that people check it out because of how powerful the writing is.

 

Fans of the TV series Under the Dome should give this series a chance!

 

Pages: 558

Publication Date: June 24th 2008

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: DNF

 

Teaser Quote: “It’s vital to keep a sense of humour when the world seems to have suddenly become a very strange place.” 

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