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Michael Grant
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Book Description

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, Gone is the first book in the series. If there’s one sci-fi/fantasy book for teens you read this year, make it Gone. “I love this book” – Stephen King.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; paperback / softback edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405242353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405242356
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877 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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36 of 36 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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22 of 22 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for adults and teens 7 Jun 2012
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Intrigued by the back of the book I grabbed a copy in the YA section I happened to be passing. Being a few years past 'YA' fiction my conclusion is that the book was OK/average on the whole. In contrast to other reviewers I certainly remember reading far scarier and more gruesome things as a teenager plouging the adult horror section of the library - Gone was pretty tame stuff.
Sadly the interesting premise dwindled away when it became clear that there was going to be no resolution in this book. All I wanted to know was: why did this happen and how will it be resolved (if at all). Rather like the tv show Lost this book has taken a fascinating idea but is now going to string it out for all its worth ( in other words). The writing is OK (bit leaden and verbose in parts); the plot is identiiable to start with but then divides into multiple strands none of which commands the author's entire attention so it's hard to know what the plot is at times (is it fighting Caine/is it finding out why the fayz has occured/is it trying to un-do the fayz/is it the increasing mutations and beginings of a comic book franchise?) As diverting as Gone could occasionally be I won't be joining the fayz ride - I'll just wait for the movie franchise to come out and catch it on DVD.
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I really liked the plot at the beginning and how at the beginning they were all in different settings. Read more
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This is the first of six books in the gone series, and I've read five out of six already! Gone is an amazing book... a book to remember forever... Read more
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omg this is such a good book the supernatural element is perfect and the plot line is great and grant has done a great job writing this book definetley a book for older readers... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Woody 6
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
I think that Gone is a bit of a guilty pleasure novel for me. I did really enjoy reading it - far more than I thought I would - but I can't deny that it has some problems. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kim Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all ages
If you like Stephen King' s Dome, then you'll enjoy this. A great take on the idea where a group of people (kids in this case) are isolated and have to learn to survive. Read more
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Awesome book, great for teens to read, good fun (y) recommend for as anyone who likes fantasy or science fiction
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A book any Hunger Games or Percy Jackson fan would enjoy. Amazing and exciting to read. AN ADAPTATION MUST BE MADE.
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I look forward to reading the next book in the series. The author has developed each integral character well and has written a well thought out, well executed story that will not... Read more
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Gone is not a bad read but it is not suitable for a young audience. I bought it with the express intent to share it with a class in early adolescence, but on reading it myself... Read more
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