Author: Michael Grant
Back Cover: “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 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 Review: This book was GRIPPING!! When a fifty-mile circular impenetrable wall goes up around Perdido Beach and the surrounding area and all of the adults and teens over 15 years old disappear, the teens are left to try and figure out what happens – before they turn fifteen and disappear, too. At first I thought it was going to be about the rapture, but it wasn’t *thank goodness.* Of course, the first book doesn’t tell you what happened, so I’m reading the next two books, HUNGER and LIES to find out!! The romance was very clean (even though – hello, they’re 14- and 15- year-olds??) The violence was done well, and even during the war, where teens are using machine guns, it is not done heartlessly, in a ‘we-do-this-all-the-time’ way. The main character, Sam, sees how wrong this is – but it’s either fight, or be killed. Sam does not really believe in God, but Astrid, the main female character, does. The only thing is, she’s Catholic, so all the prayers she prays are either to the virgin Mary or Michael the Archangel. (*groans*) But she DOES believe in God.Also, naturally, not being a Christian book and stuffed full of teenagers, some crude language is used. Not bad enough to make me put the book down (it’s not usually SWEARING, just words that this family doesn’t use. This was about the only problem I had with the book – but if I bought it, they’d be easy to marker out. I can’t wait to see how this series ends!!
Age Rating: 15+