Everyone over the age of 15 has vanished. The town of Perdido Beach is trapped in an invisible force-field — impossible to get through…or out. And the kids are left to survive on their own.
What do you do when life as you know it has changed? When everything normal has disappeared? When kids start getting strange powers? And animals aren’t quite right…
Is there an escape? Sam had better find out before his 15th birthday.
Or will he too just vanish?
He has 299 hours and 54 minutes.
Gone is a dramatic, well written novel — geared at upper primary and teens. It’s a gripping thriller that will make you keep reading. The size is a little daunting, but worth it. The author keep several story lines going, giving each the needed attention, but without too much rambling information. You’ll keep turning the pages to see what’s happening to the heroes — Sam and Astrid.
The characters are realistic and relatable. You find yourself getting engaged in the plot as well as the characters lives, feelings and thoughts. The characters are rational — and they grow as the story progresses.
Some of the plot developments are a bit wild, obviously left open to be fulfilled in the sequels. Kids develop mutant powers and the depravity of man is explored. What would happen if there were no adults left? What kind of kids take charge? School bullies suddenly become much more dangerous. Kids look for someone to assure them, to tell them what’s happening and what they need to do. Sam shies away from the task — and Caine takes it. Is it worth standing up for what’s right? Or is it safer to step back and let the cruel and inhumane do as they please?
It’s a thought provoking novel, though, not without it’s wild twists and subplots that are never fully explained. Well-worth the read.