Gone - Michael Grant
Reading Challenge Category: a book that has more than 500 pages
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 has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.
I decided to read this as my last reading challenge book, of a book with more than 500 pages after giving up on ‘Outlander by Diana Gabaldon’. I initially requested a sample from Amazon to see how I got on. I was hooked after page two! I couldn’t stop reading, and before I knew it, I’d finished the sample and had purchased the book. It did get a little strange after the ‘sample section’ and wasn’t what I’d been expecting. This is definitely a cross between ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘The Dome’ and I think ‘The Vampire Diaries’ (the book versions). Before I started reading this book, I checked to see if it was suitable for an old git like myself (I’m ahem cough 40). With it being a young adult fiction book I didn’t want to get caught up in a ‘youngsters’ book. Some of the reviews said that this ranged for ages ten up. I certainly don’t think this is suitable for any 10-year-old as there are some terrifying moments in it, where even my heart was racing. For a 10-year-old I think it would cause nightmares. This was undeniably a very different book from what I had been expecting to read but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to read book two. It was very well written, I suppose in a quite simple manner due to it being for the younger audience which made it an effortless read. Nonetheless, it had a lot going on, and you were kept wondering what was going to happen to the protagonist, Sam, right until the end.