Monday, April 30, 2012

Gone by Michael Grant

Gone by Michael Grant
Gone (Gone, #1) 
Pages: 558
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Rating: 3/5
Points: 18/18

In Perdido Beach, California, every person over the age of fourteen disappeared. One second there, the next--poof--gone.

With all the adults and teenagers gone, the bullies have taken over. Not only that, but some of the kids are developing powers, and the animals are mutating.

How long before all the food runs out? The medical supplies? How is one supposed to survive without the care of the adults?

I'm sure most kids have thought of living a life without adults, fantacising how perfect it would be without your mother nagging you to eat your greens and your teachers threatening you with homework.

I think Grant paints a pretty good picture of how things would really be like if there were no adults.

I quite enjoyed the world-building in this book. It's well developed, and to be quite honest, scary.

Unfortunatly, there are a couple things dragging this book down. The main issue being the many points-of-view. There was so much jumping between characters, they all blended together, resulting in a weak character development.

I also had a hard time believing these kids were fourteen and younger. I don't know why, I just didn't really buy it. They seemed quite mature for their age.

Now, I've never been to California (Hell, I've never left the east coast), so I don't know how people talk over there, but...

Do people really say "brah" anymore? Was that just a way to say "Hey, I'm a surfer...brah!", because that's how I took it.

Now, when it comes to character, it isn't all at a loss. I found myself quite liking our main villians: Cain, Diana, and Drake (I will admit to looking up their names on Wiki). They were, for lack of a better word, derranged. I loved it.

Especially Drake. I don't know why, but his inability to feel any type of human emotion (besides hatred) is just...rather sexy (Huh, so maybe I know why I refuse to believe they are fourteen). I can't wait to read more about him. ;)

The twist towards the middle of the book was unexpected, but I don't know how I feel about it. It's probably something that'll be developed more in the later books.

This was all-in-all an enjoyable read, when I had the will to pick it up. It wasn't the type of book I could just breeze through. I did have to take a few breaks.

1 comment:

  1. I breezed through it. I had it read in like three days. I loved it!