It’s been forever since I was reading Michael Grant’s Gone series.
That’s the trouble when you start reading a series that the author hasn’t finished yet. So, with the recent release of Fear (the 5th book in the series), I decided to refresh myself.
Gone (book #1 book)
Everyone over the age of 15 has vanished. The town of Perdido Beach is trapped in an invisible force-field — impossible to get in…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…
Sam had better find an escape before his 15th birthday. Or he’ll vanish too.
He has 299 hours and 54 minutes.
An unforgettable thriller. You can check out my full review of Gone here.
Hunger (book #2)
106 Hours 29 Minutes
They’ve been in the FAYZ for three months. And now they’re all starving…slowly, but surely, starving.
Sam is carrying the weight of all the problems — a huge enough task for an adult, let alone a fifteen-year-old kid. And slowly, he’s cracking from the pressure.
Caine is in league with the Darkness. But maybe Caine’s not working for himself anymore — maybe the Darkness controls him more then he thinks.
The FAYZ is spiralling out of control. Makes for knuckle-whitening ride. It’s always a bit scary going into a “second” novel if you really loved the first. But yes, I loved Hunger too. You can read my full review of Hunger here.
Lies (book #3)
66 Hours 52 Minutes
They’ve been in the FAYZ for over 7 months now. Starvation has been held off. But barely. Sam is falling apart. Little Pete’s powers are growing. And no one knows what that will lead to. A girl called Orsay has the power to see other’s dreams. She says she can see the dreams of those outside the FAYZ.
Or is she lying?
And Drake is dead. For sure.
Unfortunately, my 4-star-rating spree fell flat when I hit Lies. The book had everything going for it…but it was frustrating. There were too many story lines. Maybe if the story-line had centered on the kids we actually wanted to read about (like Sam and Astrid) then it would have been even better than Hunger. But this 3rd edition to the series is still thrilling, scary, freaky, gripping and real.
Plague (book #4)
72 Hours, 7 Minutes
They’ve been in the FAZY for 8 months. And they thought they’d seen everything.
Life is threatened, this time by bugs bigger than cars and a cough so super-powerful cough that not even Lana, the Healer, can contain.
Most kids — Sam included — are beginning to doubt they’ll ever leave the FAYZ. Alive.
Could this series get any more intense?! Plague is by far superior to Lies. When I shut that cover I didn’t know if I could survive until Fear came out. Evil runs rampant. Good characters turn bad. Kids crack under the pressure. It’s painted in such a realistic way I could see giant bugs rushing at me while I read. The series is obviously growing with its audience, because (while I’d recommend the first ones to anyone over 12) Plague is definitely for older eyes. The excellent plots, characters, countdowns and twists continue.
Now I’m waiting to get my hands on Fear.
Favourite characters of the series? Definitely Sam and Astrid. They are the ones who I’m dying to read about and they are the ones who make the series what it is. Sam is so real. Astrid is such a genius.
Favourite book so far? Gone. While, as the series continues, the writing gets better, you fall more in love with the characters, and the plots wind to an epic peak — the first book was what started me reading the series. It caught me and look what happened? I ended up reading the rest.
What’s your favourite aspect of the writing? I’d have to say the characters. They’re perfect. Real. Diverse. Brilliant. But I can’t leave out the plots! Or the dialogue!
Do you like the super-power twist? Oh yes! While the characters are the real reason I’m reading, I love the whole mutating-thing going on there. Now mutant-powers aren’t that easy to write, and this author does them impeccably, so full-marks.
Pet peeve in the series? Ah…Drake won’t die. Actually, the good people do die and the bad people sort of die and then don’t. But, I won’t argue with that, because that’s the story. My real pet peeve is probably the amount of POV (point of view) switching the story does. Every book has 5 if not more characters in whose heads we trip around in for a while. I would love the series so much more if I only read from 2 or 3. Four is tops. Beyond that I’m stuck reading about this annoying boy (who I don’t particularly care about because, goodness, I’m reading the series because of Sam and Astrid, where are they?) for six pages and it gets tedious.
How are the violence and romantic levels? Not astounding. Plague is probably the roughest ride. These are thriller/horror books, so of course there are no daisy meadows and happy endings (what’s with happy endings anyway?). But it’s not unreasonable. There’s a heavy Lord of the Flies sort of twist, crossing with dystopian and superheroes and what would happen if a couple hundred kids were locked together with no adults and then had to survive? School bullies are suddenly a whole lot scarier. And the really dangerous kids? They have room to do what they want. Terrifying. But realistic all the way.
How’s the action? Fantastic! Doesn’t lag for a second. I particularly like the “ticking clock” aspect. At the beginning of each chapter you get the hours (as the clock slowly ticks away), and the catch? You don’t know what it’s ticking to until the BANG! And then it’s too late. And you must just sit there and cry and wonder how it all fit together so brilliantly.
Overall, what would you rate the series? FREAKISHLY BRILLIANT.