Title: The Gone Series
Author: Michael Grant
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopia
Page Count: Gone-560 pages
Monster-576 pages (RELEASED ON OCTOBER 17TH 2017!!!)
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…
Yes, I know this series is a few years old now, but considering the great Michael Grant is writing another book in this series that is going to be released THIS OCTOBER (squee!) it is well worth talking about again, especially if you are planning to reread (and you know you are!) before Monster comes out this fall.
I was late getting into this series to start with. I was working at a book store when it was first recommended to me and I believe three or four books were already out by the time I picked up the first one (one of my life’s greatest regrets). I kicked myself for waiting so long to pick this series up! It is truly one of the greatest, most captivating stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Michael Grant is a straight up genius (and seems like a really nice guy! He responded to one of my sister’s questions on Goodreads and wrote her an epically long response! Needless to say months later, we are STILL geeking out about it!). I will say that there were so many characters to keep track of in the beginning and I was a little overwhelmed, but that is just the tiniest bit of criticism because you absolutely become so enthralled with each of the characters on a personal level (yes even Drake… ugh. love to hate him I guess!)
The story just moves. I mean these poor kids, one bad thing happens after the next but the way they handle the situations they are put in is really outstanding and how the story builds and keeps the readers attention is even more outstanding. This book is like a Lord of the Flies meets Stephen King’s Under the Dome. It is just so brilliantly written.
As always, I give no spoilers. I am sure that if you have logged onto my blog to read one of my book reviews you are already some what familiar with the general plot lines and are really just curious if this series is worth your hard earned money (and if you are not familiar with the plot of the book, I have provided the description above curiosity of Goodreads).
Bottom line is this: if you are looking for a new series to chew on and don’t mind long reads and epic storytelling, then I highly recommend you to this series. I will say this (especially for books later in the series) read this in the summer time. As I mentioned above so much bad happens to these poor characters and if you are like me and get seasonal depression in the wintertime when everything is gloomy and meh outside, then this book isn’t going to be a quick, light read that will spring you from your depression. Read this at the beach or in a park or when your in a really good mood! It is not light reading by any means but please don’t let that deter you away from this series. It truly is one of the greats and should be on every book lovers shelf!
P.S. you may be wondering about the two different covers. The series originally had the cover you see that feature the kids. I prefer the originals to the newly revamped just because I like to have a glimpse into the author’s mind on what he feels his characters look like. It doesn’t specifically say these are certain characters, but my sister and I both agree that they are very good representations of what certain characters would look like. I’m just old school I guess and if I could voice one other criticism about the book its that I’m just not a huge fan of the new covers.
Below is a link to purchase all the Gone books through Amazon.com including the upcoming novel Monster. If you use the link below to purchase this book, I do receive a small compensation as I am an amazon affiliate.