‘Gone’ Book Review

Gone- Michael Grant

4/5

Genre: Young Adult/Supernatural/Horror/Science Fiction/Dystopia. 

Trigger Warnings: Violence, death, eating disorders. 

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The story starts abruptly with everyone aged 15 and over blinking out of existence. Kids are left sitting dumbfounded in their classrooms- an empty space where their teacher just stood. Houses are suddenly empty- televisions on and kettles still boiling. Small children are left without guardians- crying and screaming from the sudden abandonment.

The moment of supervision-less bliss at the school does not last long among the kids as the terror and confusions kicks in, and soon everyone is looking towards Sam- from whose point of view the story is told- for guidance. He one of the oldest kids left, but he is just a kid after all, and no one has any idea what to do.

As the book goes on things get weirder and weirder as even more unexplainable things start to happen.

This book is full of plot twists and realistic and relatable characters. It generally shows the kids in a high level of respect and despite the harshness of some of their flaws, the book constantly reminds us that they are just kids. This book is a good testament to how brave children can be but it also shows how hatred and pain can sit in some kid’s hearts. The book is exciting, adventurous, scary and vulnerable, and leaves you excited to read the next book in the series.

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“He’s one kind of person, you’re another. When life is going along normally, you’re sort of the same. But when life turns strange and scary, when there’s a crisis, suddenly you’re completely different people.”

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