Four years ago I read Gone, got horribly freaked out, and rated it 4-stars.
Now, I reread Gone, got horribly freaked and did some serious reminiscing, and rated it 5-stars.
Do you know what this means? YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I can’t squeak about it enough, so! Because I like you and I want you to be as bookishly-damaged as me, I’m giving you a list of reasons you need Gone in your life.
Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for the review-copy! Gone was first published in 2009 and now the special edition is out (with a new and gorgeous cover) from April 1st, 2014.
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…
I am a complete sucker for funniness. I love laughing. And books that can have me grinning and laughing OUT LOUD? They get a huge shiny sticker of happiness.
Sam rocks for witty comebacks.
Diana’s sarcasm is brilliant.
Astrid’s a smartie, and…well, sometimes she leave everyone in the dust.
“Let’s keep moving,” Sam said. “Don’t worry about Little Pete. We’ll find him.”
“Is that meant to be a pro forma reassurance or a specific commitment?” Astrid said.
I like books that just gets in and say what needs to be said. CUT THE FLUFF! Gone does this really well.
Although, I can argue with myself (if I’m so Gollum-ish-ly inclined) that there are too many POVs and sometimes the pace drags. It’s 550-pages. That’s one big book. Chopping a few of the wandering story-lines would have tightened things up.
But at least there’s no fluffy description or mincing words. Woot!
I love a bit of YA horror. Creepy stuff? Psychotic characters? Unexplainable superpowers? Seriously warped events? Gone has it all.
It. is. horrible. It dives into some seriously gory and freaky subjects. Buuut this is just the prelude. The little glimpse of things to come. YOU’VE SEEN NOTHING TILL YOU READ BOOK #6.
Gone stars some of my favouritest characters of ever. I’ll only talk about a few, but trust me, the character development over the 6-books is phenomenal.
He’s definitely my favourite. The book’s mostly told from his point-of-view (POV…because that’s the lazy way to write it). He’s unassuming, probably introverted, calm and steady Sam. He gets seriously messed up. BUT he can shoot light out of his hands. As you do.
I’m sure there’s no connection to the Supernatural Sam. Although if Gone-Sam had a Supernatural-Dean…I’M JUST SAYING THINGS WOULD BE BETTER FOR HIM.
Astrid & Little Pete
Families are the best! Astrid is a genius and Little Pete is her 4-year-old autistic brother. It’s so adorable how Astrid will do anything for her brother, even though he hardly responds to her. I love these two! Even if Little Pete is not what he seems and Astrid is a know-it-all!
Caine & Diana
There are the public school kids, and then there are the rich-psycho-private-school-kids. Caine and Diana are the “bad kids”. Caine is controlling (also has telekinesis powers) and Diana is Miss Manipulative.
On a scale of 1 to Pure Evil, these two are dancing around an 8.
Bully. Creep. I hate him.
He’s the most disappointing dude in the series. I think Quinn represents the majority of us. How would YOU handle your world changing into some sort of mutant sphere that you couldn’t escape from, with no rules, and kids with crazy superpowers suddenly vying for world domination? You’d freak. Quinn does.
He’s brought into the picture as Sam’s quirky and confident BFF. But as the book goes on? Quinn is a snivelling worm. It’s sad, his demise, but I think very potent.
The characters are ALL super dimensional, with just a few words. There were POVs I didn’t really care about, but, I’m still in awe how there are SO many characters and they all have personalities with multiple layers. Talent? I think so.
YOU imagine a world without adults. With no one “running” the world. When the oldest person is 14-years-old and not even out of Middle School (or Primary School, as we say in Australia). Things ain’t going to fly well. We live in a high-maintenance society and even adults have mental breakdowns trying to run the world.
Imagine kids doing it.
Imagine already psycho kids doing it.
I still like Sam’s idea of “everyone just have a cookie and calm down”. This kid has brains, I like him.
At the end of book #1 I just want to reach in there and snatch these kids up and give them multiple pieces of pie and not let them go through the horrors and tortures that lead to book, #6: Light.
But then again, out of all 6 books, I think Light is my favourite. We wouldn’t want to miss it, now, would we?
Just…um, just don’t let the Winchesters in to clean up this mess, okay?
Okay, off you pop. Go read it. If I’m going to be emotionally drained and invested in these series, then you should be too. We can be in pain together.
Cait actually published this post without putting on a bio. HA. She is so smart. But in her defence, she’s been planning a blog party sooo, her attention is somewhere else. She just finished reading Love Letters to the Dead and is now reading The Dream Thieves and saying, “BUT WHAT RONAN? WHAT?” as you do.