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Fear

Fear (Gone, #5)Fear by Michael Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This YA novel is the fifth book in the “Gone” series, about a group of kids cut off from the rest of the world in a supernatural “bubble” — left alone to battle the strangely-evolved animals, monsters, and each other.

I’ve really enjoyed this series… I feel like each time I sit down to read, it’s like watching a new episode of a favorite TV show. It has many varying characters to relate to, intense struggles for survival and justice, fast-paced action, and a coming-of-age theme throughout as these kids take charge and are forced to grow up too quickly.

This one was not, however, one of my favorites. The premise was interesting — their bubble is turning dark and soon they’ll have no light. Meanwhile the dying gaiaphage is trying to find a body to take over. But I felt this one was kind of slow, with a lot of introspection and characters acting out-of-character. I “get” that they were all facing their fears and that changed them… but it made this book seem a bit more plodding than the others. And some of the out of character actions didn’t have anything to do with their fear… I mean, Taylor teaming up with Caine? Huh?

Also… (view spoiler)[What about TAYLOR!?!? (hide spoiler)]

Overall, as a part of the whole, it works, but definitely not my favorite of the series.

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Plague

Plague (Gone, #4)Plague by Michael Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the “Gone” series, a story about a town full of kids whose parents an adults have all vanished, leaving them with power struggles, mutant powers, horrendous monsters, and — in this book — a deadly flu and giant insects.

I’ve been really enjoying this series, and this book was no exception. I like that there’s so many varied characters and storylines all building up to one major event. Everyone has a role to play, so although Sam is probably the main character, even when he does things that aren’t so great, you can still find yourself cheering on the others.

This book did, however, put quite a bit of focus on the sexuality of a few of the main characters, which threw me a bit, considering the oldest kids are only fifteen. I guess maybe the author was showing how they’ve had to grow up and deal with adult problems and issues before most normal kids?

All in all, I’m looking forward to the next book to see how the kids adjust to the new setup and organization of the FAYZ.

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Lies

Lies (Gone, #3)Lies by Michael Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m really pleasantly surprised that even after three books, I’m still interested in this series and wanting to know what happens next; I honestly figured that by this point I’d be bored with it, but the author strikes a great balance of keeping up with old characters and introducing new ones, each book with a conflict and resolution of its own, but each fitting well into the overall storyline. The characters show development, but because there are so many subplots going on at once, the change is subtle over the course of the books.

This one confronted some problems that had been developing for awhile — Sam’s status as unofficial “guy-who-does-everything”; Astrid’s pride and ego issues; Little Pete’s craziness; Mother Mary’s frustration and job dissatisfaction; Caine’s hunger and psychosis; and the list goes on. One version of what’s going on beyond the FAYZ is introduced, though it’s still unclear what’s real and what’s not, which makes it rather suspenseful. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

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Hunger

Hunger (Gone, #2)Hunger by Michael Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This, the second book in the “Gone” series, was every bit as intense as the first, and perhaps even more dark and desperate. As the children of Perdido Beach continue in their “Lord of the Flies”-esque, adult-free existence, they’re now fighting a lack of food AND a giant radiation monster.

I did get a little irritated with the stupidity of some of the main characters, and most of the minor characters are still incredibly one-dimensional, but the variety of personalities and super powers kept it interesting anyways. The action just keeps going and there’s never a dull moment, which makes for a fun read, even if it’s not incredibly “deep.”

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Gone

Gone (Gone, #1)Gone by Michael Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised at this book. I’d liken it to a present-day “Lord of the Flies,” but with super powers. Some of the characters were a bit one-dimensional (the egomaniac, the “pure evil” kid, the motherly girl who cares for all the little kids, the jealous ex-best-friend, etc) I guess I didn’t fault the author since, frankly, there were a lot of characters, and it probably would be more than one could expect that they’d all be deep and multi-faceted. Although looking back there really wasn’t anything *surprising* about this book, it did keep my interest the whole way through and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

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