Gone by Michael Grant
There was no warning when all the adults disappeared in Perdido Beach. Out of the blue, suddenly everyone fifteen and older vanished. And with no internet, phones or television there’s no way to get help. Fourteen-year-old Sam Temple, rises up to the situation to figure out what’s happened and more importantly, why. But Sam and his friends, Astrid and Quinn, will realize soon enough they have bigger problems to worry about.
What I Thought of Gone
Gone really has it all. Smart, realistic characters, a fascinating premise with loads of action and social dynamics most kids can relate to. The only reason it doesn’t deserve five stars is because it was overly complicated and very confusing at times. For example, the book’s narrative was from multiple perspectives, which added great depth to the story but it also could be hard to keep track of. Then when you throw in the mutations and the long list of other characters and the disappearances…well, it became chaotic and sort of exhausting to read. On the other hand though, I still really liked Gone. Sam is exactly the character you want to read about in YA dystopias and Astrid and Lana are both strong female protagonists. The plot will hook you from the very start and the social structure in Gone’s Perdido Beach is unidealized and true-to-life, which I appreciated. All in all, anyone who loves science fiction and paranormal fantasy should read this book, just as long as you can handle a little gore or dark writing. I especially recommend it to fans of Unwind by Neal Shusterman or The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
A memorable moment in Gone was when the Drake from Coates Academy put people’s hands in cement to keep them from using their powers. It was disturbing and I won’t be forgetting it any time soon!