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Michael Grant
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1 Oct 2010 Gone (Book 1)

Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes.

In the blink of an eye all the adults disappear in a small town in southern California and no one knows why. Cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there’s no help on the way. They must do all they can to survive. Chaos rules the streets. Gangs begin to form. Sides are chosen – strong or weak. Cruel or humane. And then there are those who begin to develop powers . . . It’s Lord of the Flies for the Heroes generation.

A tour-de-force from global sensation, Michael Grant, Goneis the first book in this 500,000 copy bestselling series.

“I love this book” – Stephen King.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405242353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405242356
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Grant was born in Los Angeles but that's not important because he was soon out of there. His father was a military man, frequently transferred, so Michael was the "new kid" in school every year but one. He left school early and embraced the rootless lifestyle as his own. He's lived in more flats and houses than he can recall, all across the US and in France and Italy as well. He's back in southern California as of this writing but with no plans to stay put.

Michael met his wife, Katherine (K.A.) Applegate, 30 years ago, in Austin, Texas. He saw her through her apartment window and immediately knocked on her door. They've been together since that first meeting.

Michael Grant did not set out to be a writer. He's worked as a stock clerk, a house painter, an apartment manager, busboy, waiter, restaurant manager, janitor, editorial cartoonist, political media consultant, documentary producer, and no doubt some other jobs he's managed to forget. After ten years working odd jobs together, Katherine informed Michael that it was time for them both to grow up, get careers, possibly have children. Once he was revived, Michael agreed.

Katherine and Michael began writing in 1989, often as a team, and wrote 150 books, including the ANIMORPHS series.
They have two disobedient children, Jake, 11, and Julia, 9, an overweight Labrador Retriever named Goofy, a cat named Lightning and a pug named Pugs who is Michael's personal nemesis.

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"'One of the best books I've read for a very long time' Rachel Airey, bookseller; 'Engrossing, riveting and unputdownable' Karen Hellewell, bookseller; 'Gone...is an excellent mystery, boldly conceived and with a plot teenagers will revel in...it's going to be big' Bookseller; 'a tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless' Booklist; 'If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this' Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review); 'OMG. This book will keep you up all night like it did me' Booklover12, amazon.com"

About the Author

Michael Grant has always been fast-paced. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her less than 24 hours. In less than 10 years, Michael and Katherine have co-authored more than 100 books, including the hit series  'Animorphs'. Michael is the author of the bestselling 'Gone' series and is behind the 'BZRK'.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "GONE" 21 April 2012
I am Thirty Six years old. I had just finished reading "The Hunger Games" Trilogy, and was craving for more of the same. That is when I came across the "Gone" series. I thougt I would give it a go.

From the first chapeter, I was sucked into a deeply chaotic world of scared kids and strange happenings. I have a 10 year old son who suffers from various aspects of Autisum and ADHD. His little brother Is serverly Autistic. Reading these books, I felt an instant connection to these charaters. "Little Pete" is written exactly as Jack and I could see the manurisims and character traits in every description from the author.

These books are well written and very intensly reaserched. The action is tense and captivating, while the peril has you on the edge of your seat. I felt myself screaming at the charaters at some points and cheering at others at three o'clock in the morning because I had to keep reading.

This series will have your willing the heros and cursing the villans. It is simply amazing. There are parts that will shock you, for a kids author, but he keeps it just the write side of dark.

I would advise any body with the love of "Lord of the Fies" "Hunger Games" "X-men" to get this book. It is all three in one with a modern backdrop.

I cant wait to read the others in the series. I hope they are as good as the first and more compelling.

Simply Brilliant.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone - Lyrical Reviews 3 July 2011
If you need to go on a crash diet then my advice is to read this book. When I first downloaded Gone onto my Kindle I thought it was going to take me ages to get through it as it's pretty hefty - digitally speaking - but within only a few days I was distraught to find I'd hit the last page. Apart from work I suspended all other activities and a bowl of cereal became a suitable substitute for dinner. I literally trembled my way through Gone and could not abide putting it down in case something hideous should happen to the characters in my imagination. Every time I had to switch off, the heroes were on the point of defeat and I couldn't bear to leave them hanging there, so switch offs were fairly infrequent (that's what I particularly love about my Kindle, needing no hands to read is a real aid to multi-tasking!).

The writing is spot on for this kind of story, the pace is perfect to keep your heart pounding and the story complex and long enough to leave you satisfied. So many questions are raised right from the start and the lack of answers is agonising but the real key to Michael Grant's writing is that no answer is predictable. I was literally left scratching my head, teetering on the point of confusion when I turned the final page and I don't know how I have managed not to dive straight into the next book - some form of mental masochism I suppose.

It's the main character, Sam, that holds all the threads of the story together and keeps his friends alive with his quick thinking and natural courage.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for adults and teens 7 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I took this book on holiday with me and read it in a day. Realy great read, am awaiting the next book! My teenage daughter also read it and loved it. Book cover states 12+, which i agree with due to some violence and the nature of the story (all adults disappear and kids turn to bullying and violence with no rules). If you've read the hunger games, which has more violence, you should be fine with this. No swearing or sexual content at all. No graphic descriptions of violence, but the lack of adults causes disturbing behaviour that sensitive individuals may find upsetting to read about. This book is a real page-turner, the only downside is the story doesn't end - another 5 books to go!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably not a better book! 5 Nov 2010
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This book could not have been written out any better! It is a action packed book and recommend this book for those who like an exciting start and end. I have the the English version which is signed by him! My brother had read this book and passed it on to me which I thoroughly enjoyed that I couldn't put down literally! I was readin till 10pm and I go to bed at 8:30pm! Sam Temple (Main character) is in charge of everything and is being pressured for every little thing. The good thing about this book is that it doesn't follow one character throughout the whole book! The book slowly introduences new characters that become co star type. If u haven't read this i recommend u DEFINITELY DO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A New Concept 21 Jun 2013
By Heugon
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Starts off great but gets a bit repetitive later on. There is no ending so you need to go on to the next novel..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special... 23 Aug 2013
By Alicia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found 'Gone' when looking for a YA novel to read this summer.
The general feel reminded me a lot of the Cherub series but the plot was not as gripping.
It tells the story of a boy named Sam who suddenly finds that all the adults where he lives have disappeared.
I enjoyed the book as a whole but didn't find it gripping. The story was often predictable and I didn't like the way the book changes whose story you are reading about quite frequently. At times the story is completely unbelievable as there are certain problems that would arise that are completely disregarded.
At the point of buying the book I did not realise it was part of quite an extensive series and the ending is a cliffhanger of sorts. I will definitely be purchasing the next book in the series but I would say that the book is not as good as other reviewers led me to believe.
I feel as though most of the characters have quite shallow personalities in terms of how interesting they are, many of them are based off of stereotypes, such as the brainbox and the bully.
Overall the book was OK, but nothing special. I think it would be more suitable for young teens eg. 11 or 12 year olds.
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Published 19 days ago by Mrs. S. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant. Not suitable for under 15's. Highly violent and gory.
Yes I was hooked, and yes I read the whole book. But I found it really unpleasant. Children killing children, children torturing children, children betraying children, babies... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for adults or teens
Really enjoyed this. Some great ideas and characters executed well. A real page turner! Can't wait to read the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for teenagers!
I love this book! While it's aimed at teens, at 25 I am thoroughly enjoying reading the entire series. Read more
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