Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review: Gone (Gone Series, Book 1), by Michael Grant

Gone (Gone Series, book 1)
By: Michael Grant
ISBN-10: 0061448761
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It’s an ordinary, boring day when everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, leaving the remaining teens and children to survive on their own. Chaos and rivalries quickly ensue, and as kids gang up against each other, more and more of them are discovering that they have incredible, and dangerous, superhero-like powers.

Parents should be aware that this is a young adult book and contains the following inappropriate material:

• Profanity (h*ll, b*tch, retard, oh my God, p*ssed, screwed, smart*ss, and a couple middle fingers)
• Violence (kids are forced to place their hands in concrete, which hardens into blocks over their hands [this is very disturbing], deaths, including dead infants, kids killing kids, bloody descriptions, and hitting)
• A teen girl amputates a boy’s arm (the scene cuts off before anything happens)
• Lots of frightening instances (coyotes attack a daycare with children inside; a teen boy has a snakelike whip for an arm; teens disappear when they turn fifteen)
• Kissing
• Reference to tampons
• One character is bulimic

Gone is a fast-paced science fiction thriller novel that follows many different characters’ perspectives, and provides fascinating ideas. It is very gritty and violent, but mature fourteen-year-olds should be able to handle it.

Readers who enjoyed Gone might also like The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey and:

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