Saturday, May 29, 2010

GONE by Michael Grant—Review

This book is AWESOME! I will definitely add this one on my favorite books.

When Kid Nation meets X-men—this is how I would want to describe its story. In the world created by author Michael Grant, everyone with the age higher than 14 suddenly went gone so basically the young ones are left alone. To add to this, some of the kids are developing supernatural powers and animals are mutating. What caused these phenomena? How would they survive? Who will take up the role of leading all the other kids? Follow this story of survival where bonds are being formed, tested, and destroyed.

This book has an unquestionably intelligent plot. I liked how Grant made the story move. He did not only focus on telling the story through the eyes of the main protagonist of the book, Sam Temple, but also gave the limelight to the other kids on the book, including the antagonists. He created a story set in a familiar yet unknown world waiting to be explored.

There are lots of lovable characters in the book! (Mine would be Computer Jack!) The story revolves around the lots of kids fighting, confused, and lost on how to run the place without the presence of the adults. There are kids who want the better for everyone but there are also some kids who do evil things—bullies want to rule, the kids with powers are being treated differently, and plots between kids are getting darker.  Adding to this is a creature lurking in the shadows with a dangerous cause, making the book proven as an action-packed experience! Plus, I love the character developments going on through the story. Not much romance, just the way I like it.

 The whole book still left some mysteries towards the end but that is acceptable as this is only the first one of a series of books. Hopefully other issues of this story would be enlightened at the next books, but given the way Michael Grant tailored the first book, I definitely believe that the next books are also going to be great! Finishing the book makes me want to immediately grab the next book of the series, HUNGER, and dive into the lives of the kids of the Gone series.

I had lots of fun reading this book! I usually do not like saying the phrase “I couldn’t put the book down” but with this one, I can actually use that phrase. I can’t stop on reading it and I dreaded the time when I need to finish the book. Reading it was a suspenseful ride with all the twists and turns inside the world of FAYZ (or the Fallout Alley Youth Zone).

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!! YA book lovers would definitely enjoy reading this!

Concise Review:

GONE is a certified page-turner with its action-packed story, humor, and lovable characters.


  1. Great review! This book definitely sounds like something I should read. Adding to my wishlist now! :)

    From the Shadows

  2. Really awesome review! I just picked got this one, so now I"m super excited to read it :D

    Btw your blog is awesome!

  3. I don't know how this one escaped my radar! It looks like a great read. Thank you for the review.

  4. Good review! Would you recommend Gone for the 9-12 year old reader?

  5. Love your review. Gone is actually on my reading list already. Have to move it up.

  6. @E.J, - Thanks! Hope you would like it as much I did.

    @Sara - Thanks! Happy reading!

    @Lorielle - It is a great read and I'm hopeful the next books would hold its greatness. Thanks for the comment!

    @Mari - This book is obviously targeted for the teens but I can still recommend this book to the younger readers though the only downside would be the length of the book (500+ pages), but if the young reader is patient (though time really flies when you read this book) then maybe he/she'll enjoy it.

    @Kate - Hope you like it!

  7. Sounds like my kind of book! I'm def adding this to my wishlist. :)

  8. I wrote a review of this one a little while ago for my own bookblog (here, if you're curious), and I thouroughly enjoyed it too. It was a lot better than I had been expecting it to be, and I need to find a copy of the sequel so I can see what happens next!

  9. @Ria - Just read your review, it's nice! I stumbled upon the book because it was marked as sale, never did I imagine that I would love this book like I do now! I really want to get hold of the next books!

  10. Great review!! Definitely putting this on my TBR list :)