20 December 2012

REVIEW: Gone by Michael Grant

Gone by Michael Grant
Series: Gone #1
Publisher: Egmont Books UK
Publication Date: September 1st 2009
Source: Bought

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...

This book too me sooooo long to get into. I felt like most of the book was extremely slow paced and boring and I didn't really get into it until the last quarter, which was really interesting and full of action. 

I didn't really like the main character Sam to start with, but he grew on me throughout the book. He has the potential to become a really strong character and I can't wait to read the next book to see how his character develops.

I really didn't like the character of Quinn though. I hated him from the very start because of his constant use of the word 'Brah', but then I really started to hate him more as I continued to read on. 

I think Astrid was my favourite character in the book. She's an extremely intelligent 14 year old and I absolutely loved her. I didn't like the romance between  her and Sam, because:
  1. They're 14
  2. It was extremely rushed
  3. They said 'I love you'
There was no need for the 'I love you' whatsoever. It was made even worse by the fact that they're only 14! I felt that it was completely unnecessary and it really annoyed me.

There was a lot of action at the end with the big fight scene between the people who followed Sam and the people who followed Caine and I really enjoyed that. It was nice to have some action and something exciting in the book. 

The ending really made me want to read the next book and I have my fingers crossed that it will be better than the first.


  1. I'm glad you kind of liked it :D I really liked this one, but the second was disappointing and kind of boring. I'm going to read the rest of the series once they're all out, though. Great review, Samantha!

    1. I really wanted to love it, but I'm glad I started to enjoy it and I want to read the rest of the series too!
      Thanks Amber :)

  2. I loved this book but I understand the whole 'love' thing, it was NOT needed in the book, ergh pointless relationship is pointless and boring. But other than that I loved it myself!

    1. The love thing really annoyed me! I mean, they're 14! It's NOT necessary in a book with people that young. I'm hoping I'll really like the second one because I started to really enjoy Gone at the end. :)

    2. I thought Hunger was definitely just as good as the first one - normally they dip on the second books generally I feel but this one kept up the same pace :)

    3. I'm really excited to read Hunger :)