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Librarian Note Alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780061909641In the blink of an eye Everyone disappears GONEExcept for the young Teens Middle schoolers Toddlers But not one single adult No teachers no cops no doctors no parents Just as suddenly there are no phones no internet no television No way to get help And no way to figure out what's happenedHunger 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 dayIt'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


10 thoughts on “Gone

  1. says:

    I read this book out of curiosity with no preconceived notions Merely because I was curious what kids would do in a world with no adults I admit I was blown away Mr Grant told me a story that I couldn't put down From the beginning my mind was full of uestions about how this happened how the kids would survive what could prevent the same thing from happening againSo many uestionsSam is the kind of boy you want to have around when the world goes crazy He's definitely the reluctant hero type but usually they come through for you like no other Because they do what needs to be done simply because it needs to happen Not for glory not for recognition Sam doesn't want to be 'the guy' but he knows that no one else is going to do it And when Caine and his posse come down from Coates Academy taking over and making things mostly worse someone has to step up to the plate to stop himThis book is intense violent and sometimes sad Some of these kids die A lot of them get hurt pretty bad I'm not a mother yet but I love kids and I hate to see them suffering It was a bit painful to watch Even harder was seeing the cruelty and potential for evil that some of these children showed Drake who is basically Caine's bully boy is a psychopath He loves hurting people and he feels no remorse about doing it In my mind I was weighing the options even thinking that they needed to kill him because he was like a rabid animal bent on destruction I felt horrible doing that but he's a loose cannon and he's only going to get worse I don't think saving this boy is an optionOne of the take home messages of this book is the conseuences of a social structure that is pretty familiar to most of us The dynamic that we see in a group of kids where there are bullies who find the 'weakest' people and torment then doing everything they can to make life miserable for those kids And this causes a lot of fallout because people forget ethics and what's morally right so that they can have peace from the bullies In essence they become part of the problem contributing to a micro society in which children get hurt because everyone is afraid to speak up and stand up against the bullies and the ones who are 'running things' for their own twisted self absorbed reasons It made me shudder to see what these children did to each other because they thought it was the easiest option to keep control of things I'll be honest I was bullied and picked on big time It made me hate seeing the so called 'weak' or 'different' people get targeted and treated that way I'm no fighter but I made a promise that I'd stand up for someone who couldn't do that for his or herself I was glad that the kids like Sam and Edilio what a sweetheart were than willing to do thatI had some issues with the decisions that were made by the kids They had no real sanitation rules They didn't use their resources effectively They had very poor nutrition unnecessarily because there was a supermarket full of healthy things like fruits and vegetables proteins grains They ate mostly junk like candy ice cream soda pop you name it I guess I was looking at things through 'grown up' eyes which did cause me some discomfort I was glad that they did organize care for the babies and kids too young to watch out for themselves because Mary and her brother took on that job I was also glad that Dahra worked as the medical provider Albert took over the McDonalds and provided food for the community Even so I see some problems ahead unless the kids set up a civic structural system in which every person is accountable over thinking this I knowI loved the relationship between Astrid and Sam They had an innocent love but also a strong friendship and support system in which they watched out for each other and did what they could to help everyone through this situation Astrid was the brain very smart but also very kind She had to take care of her younger brother who was autistic and extremely gifted with powers I'll get to the powers part later Give me a minute Not an easy task for a young girl but she did it I was rooting for things to work out for these twoAnother character who turned out to be a favorite was Lana Lana is in a very bad position when the 'event' happens the one in which all the people over fourteen disappear She ends up getting horribly injured and is about to die when her power to heal manifests Oh I was on the edge of my seat seeing her stranded wounded very badly with only her dog to protect her from the wild animals in the desert I was so glad that she was able to get out of that situation Of course she ends up in a worse situation that ties in with the kids in town and in a big way as this book culminates It might seem like a deus ex machina to have a character who can heal even the most grievous wounds but I was glad that she did have the power These kids have a lot stacked up against them already They need all the advantages they can getNow lets talk about the power Some of the kids Sam included have supernatural abilities that start manifesting I thought this part was very cool How Caine approaches this with his evil little posse' made my hair stand on end I can't even conceive of children being as cruel as that lot were The powers end up playing a pivotal role in this story and I am sure that this will continue to be a very strong element in the forthcoming books I liked the X Men sort of element it brought to the story and how kids that were often bullied and felt useless got to play important roles in the fight against Caine and his Posse' of EvilI wanted to give the author a nod of thanks for making the FAYZ Fallout Alley Youth Zone a multicultural environment with children of all races Everyone is important and it was nice to see that there was a rainbow represented here That speaks highly to meIf you're an adult and you don't think you could enjoy young adult books this is one I'd recommend If you're like me you will be riveted to this exciting story It has a lot to offer as far as entertainment but also stimulates the brain as you are confronted with this bad situation that this young kids have to face I cannot stop reading these books I'm way too invested now


  2. says:

    I suppose I should provide some kind of explanation as to why I didn't finish reading this bookIt's not because the concept was stupid actually the concept was uite interesting and would make for a fantastic philosophical discussionIt's not because it was poorly written actually it was written uite well with a great plot and interesting world building and action packed scenesIt's not because the characters were horrible or annoying Actually Sam is really likable if not frustrating Astrid is such a relief as a female protagonist and the secondary characters are realistic and well fleshed outIn the end I would actually recommend this book to people especially fans of sci fi and particularly middle school children It's like a modern sci fi version of Lord of the Flies only cooler and there's no PiggyNo the reason I couldn't keep reading it was because I wasn't enjoying it The reason I wasn't enjoying it was rather stupid but since everyone over the age of 15 is gone I was kind of frustrated because there was only one girl and boy actually taking care of a small number of babies The rest were just being abandoned in their carshouses or whatever and I couldn't get absorbed in the storytelling while I was mentally yelling at the kids to go rescue the babiesStupid I know Pathetic? Yeah I'm WELL aware of it but that's just the way it isAlso because I'm kind of an authoritarianleader type person I was thinking of everything they SHOULD be doing and how they SHOULD be organizing and kind of frustrated that Sam was being so wimpy about taking charge But he's fourteen I know he deserves slack but yeahSO go read it please My inability to finish this book had nothing to do with the writing and was all about me being irrational and crazy


  3. says:

    This was a very good book about adventure mutants superheroes and just the plain old story of surviving high school only this time there are no adults to keep a check on thingsThis novel tells the story of how one day in a small Californian town everyone 15 and over mysteriously disappears But that's not all The town becomes surrounded by a strange spherical barrier no one gets in or out And stranger still the children and teenagers left behind are discovering that some of them have weird mutant powers And that snakes can fly And coyotes can talk In a world gone mad power and leadership are up for the picking In a world run by children power belongs to the bullies the sadists or the mutants So I'm going to explain the reason it got four instead of five stars Well I've spent the last few weeks reading books that are instantly gripping they throw you right into the middle of the story and build up their characters around it this book however takes time at the beginning to introduce and explore each character in a way that I feel would have been much effective if it had been integrated throughout the novel But it's not just that I have some issues with the female charactersAs a woman and a feminist I love strong females in books But the strongest female in this book was probably Diana the psychopath and even she was most notably only the girlfriend of the opposition The girls in this book are all beautiful or cute and are important only as ornaments on the arm of the leaders all of which are male there never seemed to be any discussion in this book as to whether the chosen leader would be female Also I grew increasingly annoyed by the way Sam was built up as Astrid's saviour and hero I had higher hopes for Astrid at first she was described as a genius and I thought she could be a great contribution to solving their predicament but she was actually fairly useless often needing to be rescued herself My favourite female of the book is Lana She survived alone in the desert without ever needing a guy's help unless you count her lovable dog Patrick and she braved a truck crash coyote attacks and I hope there's strength and admirable ualities coming from her character in the second installment Which by the way I am extremely looking forward to because the story is VERY good even if my rant seemed to suggest otherwise


  4. says:

    I put this book aside about two weeks ago saying I would definitely go back and finish it as I only had about 100 pages left But it doesn’t look like it now I’m simply not in the mood to pick it up again And as I’m not planning on spending money on the next instalments of the series I will probably never read them anyway so why continue here?I really don’t know why Gone wasn’t able to intrigue me It is a clever and absolutely thought provoking story that definitely got me thinking How would I react if people suddenly started to disappear? What would I do to help keep things working? Would I freak out? Would I become as cold blooded as some of those barely 14 year old kids? It’s hard to imagine I would definitely start feeling claustrophobic But it also made me wonder Can those kids be for real? I mean I have of course never been in a similar situation but it’s hard to believe it can transform you into a heartless killer in a matter of days Even if you’ve always been a bully Killing and torturing people is still on a completely different levelThat being said I think one thing that I didn’t like was the constant action in this book I know this is how the book is supposed to be like and I totally knew what I was getting myself into and even looked forward to it But somehow in this novel it just didn’t work for me Don’t ask me why You just never get one peaceful moment One awful thing happens after the next We get Caine the dictator and his little crazy friend I’ve forgotten his name already Duh who want to rule the FAYZ and don’t care at all who lives or dies as long as they stay in power But hey that’s not enough No throw in some weird talking animals and that creature in the cave And I know things will probably only get worse in future instalments I’m certainly not a faint at heart when it comes to books don’t make me watch a horror movie though but this was simply exhausting And it had the opposite effect on me than it should have had It made me not careThe language and dialogue were kept simple but I thought that fitted the story in some way I liked Sam’s voice and his personality Same goes for Astrid although their love story felt a bit strange to me and developed so fast But then again under their circumstances everything’s a bit different All in all this book just wasn’t for me But it might be for you so don’t refrain from giving it a try I can totally see people loving this series


  5. says:

    Highly enjoyable Hooks you at the very start I drive through the traffic everyday about an hour in the morning and definitely than an hour at nighttime So while reading the first few pages of the book I said wow this should happen here in Manila Imagine all adults to disappear altogether without a trace at one time and all adolescents will follow once they turn fifteen Obviously this is okay as long as I and my loved ones are exempted heheThis is a YA book and so the characters are all young adults Sam has a friend uinn and a love interest Astrid Together they find the possible reason for the disappearance of the people and they meet all interesting characters and go through a lot of twists and turns just like the everyday Manila traffic to get into the bottom of this phenomenon including its possible solutionThe storytelling is straightforward and Grant's imagination is so fertile I thought I would write a letter to our President Noynoy and recommend him to solve the congestion of vehicles during rush and even not too rush hours Why not? If a YA author like Grant can think of all the interesting characters and situations in the book maybe his creativity can be put to better use not only for readers but for the whole country or even the whole world World peace anyone?My only complaint about this book is attributable to myself Why oh why did a 48 year old man like me find this enjoyable if not better read than Kazuo Ishiguro's surreal The Unconsoled? I really don't know It is readable gripping made my heart beat faster and it does not make me sleepy every time I am holding it Oh maybe I don't read too many YA books so having it once in a while feels liberating Or maybe I am having a midlife crisis so I find this kind of plot not revolting but definitely worth my reading time?I will definitely borrow the next 4 books and read them in between the literary classics Maybe that would be my strategy to finish the 1001 books before I dieThank you Ace Jose I hope you stop growing so you keep on buying and reading YA books and then pass them on to me I hope that despite our huge age difference we will be friends forever


  6. says:

    I hereby predict that sometime in the next year or so the next big Young Adult obsession will be with the book Gone by Michael Grant and with the subseuent books that I hope he writes uickly because I might die if I don't know the what and the why and the how and thewell EVERYTHING This is apparently the first in a series of six books I also predict that it will take off like the Harry Potter and the Twilight Series with almost as many adults reading the series as kidsFor one thing this book is creative genius I can take a guess at some of Grant's inspirations but I truly hope that my doing so doesn't take away from Grant's originality because to me this book felt 100% new and Grant is brilliant to have woven his ideas together in such a phenomenal way The story is this everyone over the age of 15 disappears one day all in the same instant After the initial panic a power struggle ensues a la Lord of the Flies But that's not all it turns out that some of the kids have developed certainlet's say uniueskills a la Heroes which help and harm in their strange adultless environment The story surprises despite having some familiarity and I simply couldn't put it down I even once tucked it under my shirt and snuck it into the ladies' room at work with me so I could continue reading Oh and there's even some teen love in there too and who doesn't love young love? No one I tell youI admit the cover art and the summary on the book jacket are a little hokey I can overlook the summary after all I thought the summaries for the Twilight series sounded ridiculous as well so I think my distaste has to do with my being in my thirties than anything else That very well may be the same for the cover art too but I do think it will hinder the book's allure for adult readers If you guys over at Harper Collins are reading this you might want to consider ditching the random people on the book jacket and instead design it as it looks without the jacket on it matte black with shiny blue title in large letters on the front But that's just my two centsWhen it comes down to it though the book jacket art is pretty irrelevant With or without it this book kicks some serious ass And you don't have to be a young adult to think so


  7. says:

    ❤️❤️❤️My loveee


  8. says:

    1 Gone ★★★★2 Hunger ★★★3 Lies ★★5 Even though Michael Grant may be an asshole I'm still impressed by his books Can't wait to keep reading and finally find out how this series ends


  9. says:

    I tried and tried to love this book but I just couldn't connect with it The concept was a brilliant one It was the reason I decided to buy the book in the first place but once I started reading it I couldn't establish a connection with any of the charactersI just felt as if I was an outsider and not able to grasp any of the emotions of the characters I didn't feel as if I was part of the story At times I thought there was too much telling as opposed to showing There were also many passive sentences that didn't have the effect an active sentence would have had I really wanted to grasp the story but it just didn't happen It was just an okay read


  10. says:

    This is my first exposure to Michael Grant's writing and he totally blew me away Maybe it was because I am partial to the sci fifantasy genre but truthfully I don’t think it had anything to do with it This story was just WOW Imagine sitting in class one day maybe you are paying attention to your teacher maybe you are daydreaming about surfing then all of a sudden your teacher disappears What would you do?It just so happens that this very scenario happens to Sam Temple in his history class It turns out his teacher isn’t the only on missing it turns out that anyone over the age of thirteen is missing Not just missing but disappeared No cell phones no television no Internet Poof goneSam has been in a horrific experience like this before well maybe not exactly like this Sam had saved a bunch of kids in a school bus after the driver had a heart attack good ole’ School Bus Sam Sam was a natural leader but he didn’t feel like it Everyone was looking up to him for answers but all Sam felt was guilt Guilt because there was a possibility that this was his fault Sam has this little problem he can shoot beams of light out of his hands and burn people’s hands off Literally But I guess things like that happen when you live in Fallout AlleyThankfully Sam isn’t alone He has is best friend and surfer brah uinn The genius Astrid who Sam has secret feelings for and the faithful and dependable EdilioOf course in any untamed civilization there is always a power struggle those who have it and those who want to take it away It turns out that Sam isn’t the only one that has powers When the kids from the private school Coates Academy show up Sam and Astrid realize there is something going on It also doesn’t help that the kids from Coats and the kids from Perdido don’t exactly get alongCaine from Coates Academy comes in dazzles everyone with his charm and takes control of the FAYZ aka Fallout Alley Youth Zone Caine has his own secrets He has powers of his own And if he thinks your powers might be a threat to him he takes care of you one way or another But when Caine’s sinister sidekick Drake allows a girl to be beaten to death with a baseball bat for doing a magic trick things go from bad to worseCaine knows that everyone looks up to Sam as a leader so starts the battle of good vs evil Besides Caine has his own hidden agenda toward Sam Oh And did I mention that when you turn fourteen you poof too So not only does Sam have to save his new world he will be fourteen in a week or so No worries though Yeah rightThere are so many twists and turns in the plot that you won’t be able to put this book down until it’s well gone But don’t fret this is only the beginning of a six part series The characters are well developed I love when you feel like you really connect with characters and this was one of those experiences You not only get to experience Sam’s part of the story but the views of many other characters There is action suspense romance and fantasy all rolled into one Gone is a spectacular beginning to what I can only hope will be a thrilling series Amazing