I always have a reading list a mile long. I had been wanting to read Gone for awhile b/c I had it at the library I worked at. I had several high school students that loved this book as well as the entire series. I finally decided to give the book a go for myself b/c the book sounded quite fascinating.
Amazon had the following book description for Gone:
"In the blink of an eye.
Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
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 and war is imminent.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, Gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way."
I thought a dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy, type of book where everyone over 15 disappears sounded interesting. I thought you could have quite a few discussions on the concept, and I was quite intrigued with where the author was going to take the story.
I've had the book from the library for awhile, but unfortunately, I could never really get into it. I read over a 100 pages (there are more than 500 pages in the book), but I just struggled with it. The book never really grabbed me, and that was a bit disappointing to me. I wanted to really like Gone, but I just didn't. I think I'd give the book 3 out of 5 stars.
I think the writing is fine, and the concept is interesting, but I think Grant almost had too much going on. There was the idea of everyone gone and only kids left. That in itself is a bit like Lord of the Flies with a modern twist and could work well. However, Grant added creatures, the animals, superpowers, and even a bit of a love story.
Some of you might say that it is a series; you have to have a lot going on and things will begin to make more and more sense with each book. However, I think when you bite off a bit more from the beginning it becomes difficult to grab readers and keep them interested rather than leaving them frustrated and confused.
All in all, I think this book is okay. I think some people that love the dystropian books as well as the fantasy/sci-fi type books will enjoy The Gone Series by Michael Grant. However, I don't think it is one of those books that almost everyone loves, like Hunger Games or Divergent (just thinking the dystopian line of books).
I think if you are looking for a new book, or your middle school/high school reader loves dystopian books then give this one a go. It's a clean read, and entertaining enough.
Not everyone loves every book, but there is always a book for everyone. Who knows, this may be the one for you or your child. It's worth a shot. Reading is the best thing you can do to improve reading fluency and comprehension, writing, language development, etc. I just hope that everyone can light the fire and love for reading.