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Michael Grant
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6 Sep 2010 Gone (Book 2)

It’s Lord of the Flies for the Heroes generation.

The second instalment of Michael Grant’s epic Gone series.

Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes. The clock is ticking for Sam Temple and the kids of Perdido Beach but it’s not the big one-five that they face now; it’s starvation that threatens the FAYZ. In an abandoned mineshaft a faceless animal lurks, pulling the strings, toying with human and mutant alike. And he’s hungry – hungry in the darkness.

An uneasy calm has settled over Perdido Beach. But soon, fear explodes into desperation as starvation sets in and the mob look to place blame. For the ‘normals’ the buck must stop somewhere: with the ‘freaks’. More and more kids are developing strange powers and, just as frighteningly, so are the animals in the FAYZ: talking coyotes, swimming bats and deadly worms with razor-sharp teeth are just the beginning.

For Sam Temple the strain of leadership is beginning to show and he’s got more than just dwindling rations and in-fighting to worry about – Caine is back with the psychotic whiphand, Drake, by his side. And in the background lies the greatest danger of all – and he too needs to be fed.

HUNGER is yet another tour-de-force from global sensation, Michael Grant.

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: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey; 1st Edition 1st Printing Paper Back edition (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405253541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405253543
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,630 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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"'... exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up. This is great fiction. I love this book.' Stephen King, bestselling author. '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)


'I Love this book' - Stephen King, bestselling author"

About the Author

Michael Grant Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states of the USA, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets. In addition to his best-selling Gone series, described by Stephen King as “high-tension stories told in a driving, torrential narrative”, Michael has also written books such as the BZRK, Magnificent 12 and Animorphs series as well as the standalone book for young adults Eve and Adam.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 30 May 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Having not read the first book in the series, GONE, I was thoroughly intrigued about this book.

HUNGER takes place three months after the events of the previous story. The kids are running out of food, gaining powers, and a Darkness is calling to some of the members of The FAYZ.

I enjoyed this story so much that after I read it I promptly ordered the first book. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival so that I can see how this all started.

I thought the story flowed very well, was well-written, and the characters pulled me in from beginning to end. I literally had trouble putting the book down once I started reading.

HUNGER can stand alone, but you'll probably want to read the first title in the series, like me, either before or after finishing this one.

Reviewed by: Breia "The Brain" Brickey
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 6 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent fast paced series of books that will engage even the most reluctant teenager. The main character will appeal to boys particularly. There are certain parts of the books that are not suitable for younger readers so parents may want to read the books first. You never know they may even enjoy it themselves!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel to Gone 2 May 2011
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Last October I reviewed Gone by Michael Grant over at the now retired NextRead blog. At the time, after finishing I couldn't wait to read its sequel, Hunger. Unfortunately, while I was able to borrow the book from my co-worker (thank you Joke!) I kept getting distracted by all kinds of new and shiny books. Last month I decided that six months was just ridiculous though and I firmly placed Hunger near the top of my To Be Read Pile. And when I finally started it last week, I flew through it in three nights. It was just as much a page turner as Gone had been. It only took me a few pages to be immersed back into the world of the FAYZ and it was wonderful seeing old favourites again and meet new characters and to see how events unfolded in the FAYZ.

Hunger is scary, both in the events portrayed and in the social commentary it provides. The divide between the 'freaks' and the 'normals' is an echo of social and political developments we see around us every day. The struggle between those in power and those who think they should be in power, the conflict between Regular and Other, and the way these internal struggles benefit 'the enemy', in this case the kids up at Coates Academy, these are all things that are happening in the world today. What's more, they are often what causes war. Where Gone was more post-apocalyptic in nature, covering how the kids survive after the FAYZ hits and how they deal with the consequences, Hunger turns to true dystopia, as the order imposed in Gone, both down in Perdido Beach and up the hill at Coates, slowly starts to crumble under its own flaws.

I love the character growth we see in many of the previous book's protagonists such as Sam, Astrid, Lana and Quinn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing....... 11 Aug 2013
By M
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After gone, I was worried that hunger wouldn't speed up as I thought gone dragged a bit but I was very wrong. This book was a huge improvement from the first one. It was gripping, fast paced and completely action packed. I read this 600 page book in one day, I was so hooked!I love that there are many different genres within the book: adventure, action, fantasy and a bit of romance. My fav characters were definitely Brianna and Diana. I would recommend this for age10 to16.
I'm going out to buy the next book right now and I'm really excited to read it. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grant reaches his potential 7 Jan 2012
When I read Gone, the preceding book to this one in Michael Grant's series, I was of the opinion that the book itself was decent enough, but clearly had a great deal of potential in terms of the characters and plot that Grant had put in place. As such I had high hopes that the second book would build on and reach that potential.

The second book effectively continues on from where the first left off. Sam continues as the somewhat unwilling teenage leader of the main band of children at Perdido Beach, supported by a varied cast of other kids of varying ages. Meanwhile Caine, Sam's brother, has recovered from his ordeal at the end of the previous book and now seeks to lead the other group of kids at Coates School, including the beautiful yet manipulative Diana, and the utterly psychotic Drake. Yet in a mine outside of Perdido Beach, the mysterious creature that we were introduced to in the last book continues to make its own plans.

Given the title of the book, it will come as no surprise that one of the main aspects of the plot this time around is that food is running out in and around Perdido Beach. Yet this plot is far from one dimensional, and the number of strands to it is truly impressive. Grant has created a large, varied and distinct cast of characters in this series, which are defined by distinct personalities as well as they are by the powers that some of them have. It is a worthy achievement that such a cast has been assembled in a manner that allows the reader to easily keep track of distinct characters with little effort.

But if that is an achievement worthy of note within the book, the true triumph is how the different strands of the plot intertwine, and how the involvement of the characters within the book is dealt with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hunger
This book was very good. Really hooking. Of course 5 stars! Michele Grant has done it again. Can try wait for the next one
Published 1 month ago by Miss S Tepede
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunger
The follow up to Gone was just as good,and I can't wait to start the third book in the series. Just fab.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca M Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars dont judge a book by its cover
I have really enjoyed this series of books so far. However the cover photo does not go with the book (don't judge a book by its cover). Read more
Published 2 months ago by bozwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I decided to read the first book of the series and it got me hooked, I am now on the third book of the series

Love these books!
Published 2 months ago by mary willocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
Hunger is the equally thrilling sequel to Gone, a science fiction novel that follows a group of teenagers as they fight to survive in a world where everyone over the age of 15 has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ashleigh Allsopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
This book is AMAZING and I would recommend it to anyone who wasn't squeamish as there are†alot†of parts that shouldn't be read by children but a really good book none the les
Published 2 months ago by Leah Cruikshank
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good read
As good as first, very exciting and fast paced, off to buy the third. Cannot wait to read it! Would definitely recommend
Published 3 months ago by Deborah MacKay
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
I love it so much I won't stop reading it until I know the ending, I won't know what I going to do with my life when I finish reading all the series!
Published 3 months ago by Rianna Curley
4.0 out of 5 stars Love these books!
You should definitely read these if you haven't already. Good reads all around. Highly recommend them for young adults. Read all 6!
Published 3 months ago by Olivia Smart
4.0 out of 5 stars Gone Series
I love Micheal Grants writing so easy to read and exciting although the books are really thick lol Its nice to be reading them im glad i discovered them and as a result my nephew... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neil Horn
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