Welcome to the Fayz! This is Book 1 in the series that Stephen King calls a 'driving, torrential narrative'. In the blink of an eye all the adults disappear in a small town in southern California and no one knows why. Cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there's no help on the way. Sam Temple and his friends must do all they can to survive. Chaos rules the streets. Gangs begin to form. Sides are chosen - strong or weak. Cruel or humane. And then there are those who begin to develop powers.. ...
Welcome to the Fayz! This is Book 1 in the series that Stephen King calls a 'driving, torrential narrative'. In the blink of an eye all the adults disappear in a small town in southern California and no one knows why. Cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there's no help on the way. Sam Temple and his friends must do all they can to survive. Chaos rules the streets. Gangs begin to form. Sides are chosen - strong or weak. Cruel or humane. And then there are those who begin to develop powers...The Gone series is Lord of the Flies for the 21st century. In turns breathtaking, harrowing, and utterly terrifying. Its complex characters and moral dilemmas will delight fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner. This is dystopian fiction at its best. Have you got all 6 titles in the New York Times bestselling saga: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light? "I am now free to leave the Fayz, but my time there was well spent." (Stephen King). If you love Gone, be sure not to miss Michael's new series Front Lines - it's WWII but not as you know it! Michael Grant has lived an exciting, fast-paced life. He moved in with his wife Katherine Applegate after only 24 hours. He has co-authored over 160 books but promises that everything he writes is like nothing you've ever read before! If the Gone series has left you hungry for more from the dark genius of YA fiction, look out for the BZRK trilogy: BZRK, BZRK Reloaded, BZRK Apocalypse and the terrifying Messenger of Fear and its sequel The Tattooed Heart. Michael is a World Book Day author for 2017.
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When I first picked this book up I thought it would be a really cool story, and that usually scares me. To me, it always seems like an author will pick a really fantastic topic to write about and then completely ruin it. I wAs definitely anticipating that when I picked up this book.
At the beginning my thoughts were no different. The first hundred and fifty pages or so were not that exciting. I kept waiting for the plot lines to become relevant and it was just slow moving. But then, it reached a point about a third of the way into the novel when he pace just took off and I couldn't put the book down.
I've already ordered the second book and I cannot wait to read it. I'd definitely reccomend giving this book a shot.
Jan 3, 2009
Exciting and well written
Yay for Michael Grant, who overrode my memories of the last children-only post-apocalypse YA novel I read, which was quite dreadful. This novel is fat, with a good inch and a half spine -- which gives Grant plenty of space to send his large cast on lots of adventures. Of course, these myriad pieces and players are hurtling towards an ultimate conclusion, but the great thing is that this is the first in a series. Who knew? I didn't, until I figured out that Grant wasn't yet trying to really answer and resolve the overarching problem, just the immediate crises.
And there are crises a-plenty for the entire cast: worry for missing loved ones; confusion as to what, exactly, happened; how it happened and why; and whether it can be reversed -- or at least stopped. Plus there are bullies, injuries, fights, and first loves; manipulators, mutants, heroes, and villains; and lots of little life dramas woven into the bigger picture.
I really enjoyed spending New Year's Day with Sam and his crew. I was sad to discover this novel was only published this summer, meaning I'll have to wait until at least next summer for the next one.
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