Michael Grant, the most popular name in the genre of young adult novels and fiction novels, is the author of hundreds of books. Among his many outstanding works, the novels series like “BZRK” series, “Messenger of Fear” series, and the trilogy of “Front Lines” are world-famous. “Gone” is also one of his series novels, which is a blockbuster series. Gone is the first novel of this series which followed by other eight novels, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light, Monster, Villain, and Hero. They published all these 9 novels in different years, starting from Gone in 2008. The first 6 novels comprise the first season while the remaining three covers the second season of the book.
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Author: Michael Grant
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 576
Good reads rating: 3.9 of 5
My Ratings: 7.8 of 10
Published: 2008-2013 (first season), 2017-2019 (second season)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)
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The story of the Gone series is about an unusual, dystopic society centred in a South Californian town of Perdido Beach (fictional) where no one but only teens survive. Everyone aging 15 or above 15 disappeared or vanished. In this town, the teen inhabitants possess mystical powers and the whole town became surrounded by an impassable barrier that scorches to touch. The protagonist of this book is a boy named Sam Temple who struggles and experiences different aspects of life in this dystopic and bizarre town. The many antagonists of this book are Caine Soren, Drake Merwin, Diana Ladris, and a mysterious creature known as the Darkness of Gaiaphage (Greek for Gaia-Earth).
The story begins with a normal busy weekday when the children are at their schools and the adults are at their works. Sam Temple, a 14-year-old boy, is also at his school when suddenly his teacher disappears. Later, he and his other 14-year-old friends Astrid Ellison, Quinn Gaither, and Edilio Escobar find out that everyone above the ages of 14 vanished. This created chaos and fear among teenagers. As the story proceeds, Sam and his friends discover some other unusual phenomenons like an indestructible impermeable barrier centred in a nuclear power plant outside the town separating the town from the outside world.
They named this barrier as “Fallout Alley Youth Zone” or “The FAYZ”. During this time they also find Astrid’s younger brother Pete. The other bizarre phenomenon that came to notice was that some children started developing some superpowers. Sam also had one like he could emit a killing light from his hands. Pete had the power of teleportation.
In this developing chaos and tension, a boy named Caine Soren from a student from Coates School impresses the town’s inhabitants and by his powers of telekinesis became their ruler. Later in the story, they revealed that Caine was the twin brother of Sam, but they picked Sam over him by their mother. This develops a sense of hatred in Caine, and he kidnapped Sam. Drake, another Coates student, captured Astrid. Quinn at first betrayed Sam but later helped him in his escape. Sam saves Astrid from Drake.
Another character of the book was Lana Arwen Lazar, a girl having the power to heal anyone. A pack of coyotes to a cave where the Darkness lives guided her. As the story proceeds, Sam and his group started their journey towards the cave to find the Darkness but became captured by Drake and imprisoned in the academy. Caine cemented the hands of everyone with powers who refuses to join him and surrender him. With the help of Pete, Sam and his group again escape from Drake’s capture.
The story ends with Astrid, Quinn, and Edilio saving the hostages and protecting the town while Sam fighting with Caine in the climax, but their mother’s manifestation distracted them. Also, invite them to return to her and both refusing her. Caine retreats and finds the Darkness and Sam, encouraging everyone in the town to remain together with peace and unity.
This novel is very dark having a realistic setting giving the readers thrills, fear, and adventure. I give this novel a 7.8 out of 10 ratings. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.
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