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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405242353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405242356
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,748 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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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By purpledoor64 on 3 July 2011
Format: Paperback
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Brown on 30 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
`Gone' is simply a teenage version of the x-men, with a watered down bit of `Lord of the Flies' thrown in there too. It reads like a television series but Michael Grant has tried to make it more substantial with the vast numbers of characters included. I don't think he has quite pulled it off.

The plot is pretty straightforward and, though I hate to admit it, is quite predictable, too. You can see where the story is going right from the beginning so it gets a little frustrating that it doesn't develop soon enough. The token romance is easy to spot from a mile off and the main character, Sam, just comes across too much like a clichéd American hero. That being said, the plot does take a bizarre twist two thirds of the way through which made me find the book more ridiculous and bland, rather than allowing myself to get lost in the narrative as I usually do.

There are so many characters in this novel that author does not get the opportunity to develop them enough before moving on elsewhere. This is quite disappointing and when the story finally switches back to them, I found myself flipping back to remind myself of their character. That being said, some are so one-dimensional that it is frustrating that author has given them centre stage.

The chapters begin with a countdown and it is not made clear why until you are significantly through the story. By this time I found myself so committed to wanting to know what happens, that I had to read to the end anyway. And that was before I found out this is the start of a pretty hefty series. (Once I start a series, I really feel that I should give it my full attention until the very end, so don't be surprised to find that I will probably be reviewing the other books in this series as I come across them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2011
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If you're after a book that once you've started you just can't put down, then this is the one for you. You'll notice most people reviewing this are saying they read it in a couple of days (at the most) and I have to agree with them - I devoured it.

Sam Temple is just an average 14 year old kid, living with his single mother in a not-so-fantastic house attending a pretty normal school until one day, all of the adults and anyone over the age of fifteen just disappeared. All at the same time. All of them gone. Everyone 14 and under is left to fend for themselves in a world they call the FAYZ. But the need to ration food and keep warm isn't the worst they have to deal with - there are some mutations too. Think of it a little like X-Men. Kids have developed mutant powers like speed, invisibility, super strength and some other more unusual types. Sam is just one of the mutants. But not everyone has developed these abilities and this creates a lot of tension between the groups. The exciting thing is that some mutants are able to determine how strong someones ability is, a bit like the bars on a phone battery. But humans aren't the only ones developing these powers - animals have them too. The world is frightening now.

But some groups want to channel these abilities and take control, the need for power is growing and the bullies of Coates Academy are determined to get it - even if they have to kill for it. However, they are learning all too quickly that once a person reaches the age of 15 they disappear...Sam has 299 hours and 54 minutes to save his town or he'll vanish.

I really loved this and am excited to discover the rest of series, the love interests and variation in characters especially - definitely read this.
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