Gone (by Michael Grant) c. 2008

Gone by Michael Grant
c. 2008
[Teen Fiction]
[Electronic Resource (MyMediaMall eBook)]

Something strange is happening in Perdido Beach. Everyone fifteen and over has mysteriously vanished. An impassable dome traps the remaining teenagers and children inside the city. Some kids have even begun to develop deadly supernatural abilities. Fifteen-year-old Sam Temple finds himself charged with the difficult task of maintaining order as tensions increase and sides are chosen. But Sam’s fifteenth birthday is quickly approaching and he must do all he can to save both himself and Perdido Beach before it’s too late.

Gone is a fast-paced novel that fairly successfully mixes science fiction with dystopian themes. Grant builds an interesting premise that is able to maintain its intrigue and mystery throughout its 400-plus pages. The characters are also pretty decently developed for a novel that focuses primarily on action.

If you enjoy Gone, be sure to check out Hunger, the next book in the series. Fans of Grant’s work might also enjoy Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Unwind by Neil Shusterman, and Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien.

Pros: A fast-paced, action packed novel that delivers consistent quality and interesting ideas.

Cons: Can be rather violent. Although the violence is appropriate to the situations the characters are in, squeamish or sensitive readers might want to skip this one.

Review by Martha

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