Gone Synopsis: The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s breathtaking dystopian sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King.
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. . . .
Michael Grant’s Gone has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view. – Goodreads
I read Gone because it was recommended by the same librarian who recommended The Knife of Never Letting Go (my review). After loving Knife, I figured this would be a good read too. At first…yeah. Towards the end, I was decidedly disenchanted. Gone is a weird cross between Under the Dome and Lord of the Flies. The way it started out, I thought “Okay, this is going to be interesting. The author isn’t making this into some super-kid story, but honestly handling it how kids would react if something like this…” and swiftly it kind of morphed into “….well, nope. Here we go. *sigh*”
The potential was great. The premise was interesting. But it went from being a book that could have been unique to just another super-powered book. It did have some redeeming qualities. The author doesn’t shy away from mentioning some some powerfully painful subjects (such as dead babies, and kids with guns), and it wasn’t a bad book. It just lost its potential to be a stand out, amazing book.
This was definitely a fast moving story. The whole thing takes place in roughly 13 days, and the author covers a lot of ground in that time. The characters are believable for the most part. All the kids act older than what they actually are, but I want to think most of that is simply because when you’re forced into situations where you have to act like an adult…you act like an adult. Or you become power-hungry bullies (which also happens.) Part of me wants to say 14 year olds don’t say things like “It makes me hot when you…” but we sexualize our kids way too early, and 14 year olds probably do say crap like that now. No annoying tropes thrown in like insta-love, or massive cases of info-dumps, so Gone definitely had that going for it!
I wouldn’t want to read more from this author/this series. It’s lost its appeal for me. I want to read books that have interesting takes on things. Things that make me think, make me imagine, and unfortunately, Gone does not do that.