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Gone by Michael Grant

May 18th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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.

I have been wanting to read this book for so long and finally it came in for me at the library.  I meant to just start reading it and finish it later because it’s pretty hefty weighing in at 576 pages but I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it last night.  When all the adults disappear it reminded me of the Left Behind series but in reverse with only the young left but when you finally find out what is responsible for the adults disappearance it was a shocker for me.  Grant creates a wonderful cast of characters who all complement each other both among the “good” kids and the “bad” kids.    You also see how various kids react to this unbelievable event.  While some actions are expected like the bullies trying to take over and intimidate others into following them you also see things like one boy taking comfort in running a McDonald’s restaurant.  This book does leave you hanging though.  You find out what caused the adults disappearance but not what the “sinister creature” mentioned in the book description is and what it’s purpose is.  I definitely recommend this to both adults and young adults especially those who like the post-apocalyptic stories that follow how people rebound after a disaster.

Get your copy of Gone .

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Carrie K.

    I loved this one, too – and can’t wait to read the sequel – I’ve been waiting forever, since I read an ARC of Gone before it was even released!

  2. dsuzuki

    I wanted to review an ARC of Gone but never got a copy. Probably a good thing since now I only have about a week before Hunger comes out :)

  3. Tea

    Wow! this book sound great. Love your review.

  4. dsuzuki

    Thanks Tea!

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