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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405256583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405256582
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,975 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"

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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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A on 26 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
The "Gone" series by Michael Grant (Gone, Hunger, Lies and now Plague) about everyone 15 and over, for reasons unknown, disappear, leaving everybody 14 and under in an impenetrable dome, is one of the best series out there for teens. The love child of "Lord of the Flies" and "X-Men", the Gone series is an intense, violent and sometimes saddening narrative, charting the stories of these teens as they deal with the problems obtained from living in the dome: being hungry, searching for water, trying to live some semblance of a life -- and don't forget how the children begin to mutate, gaining all sorts of powers, along with the animals of the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). This is just the bare strands of what forms Michael Grants' "Gone" novels, and with the upcoming Plague, he does not disappoint.

Plague was one of my most anticipated reads for 2011. So when I found it nearly 15 days early in my local WHSmith, I pretty much celebrated on the spot, ran to get it checked out and read in a frenzy. To finish this book in two days is no small feat either: the "Gone" novels are all at least 500 pages on average. Plague is the second biggest of the series, at 525 pages, all full of action, violence, redemption, heart-pounding, choke-you-by-the-throat adventure ride that refuses to let the reader sway. Riveting from start to finsh and thought-provoking along the way it's a great read but not for the faint of heart. This book contains challenging material and in the wrong hands it can devastate a soul. As a teen myself, this book is a masterpiece made of interwoven strands of win. But don't fear, the "Gone" novels have that "cross-over" appeal because they have everything that you could ask for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 28 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
This review is as spoiler free as possible although I can't guarantee it won't mention things that could spoil book 1, 2 or 3. If you haven't read those do so (honestly they are awesome) come back to this later.

This series is described as Stephen King, meets heroes, meets Lord of the Flies. Although I personally haven't ever read any Stephen King I would say it is a fair comparison. Grant doesn't shy away from writing what he needs to in order to make the story as realistically gruesome as it needs to be. Some of the scenes are nasty and truly horrific but actually I don't think they are in any way shape or form overdone as I actually think as world in which 15 year olds are in charge would be a pretty terrifying place. There are some parts where I want to keep reading because the action is so gripping but have to brace myself to get through it because it is quite grim in places.

This instalment itself was just as gripping, fast paced and action packed as the first three books. It takes place directly after the first books. The situation for the children of the Fayz is looking increasingly more dire. Food supplies continue to be scare and worse than than water supplies are becoming critical. In addition to these huge problems children have been getting ill, really ill due to a flu like thing and it's spreading fast!

I won't go into details about the plot because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone. All I will say is this. The action is still a fast paced rollercoaster ride. there are some brilliant twists and turns (and new abilities) that are awesome. There are still scenes which are completely horrible and I had to force myself through - it takes some to gross me out but he did it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pete on 14 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
I know this already has all 5 star reviews but i thought id still add mine as it emphasises the fact that this is a brilliant book even greater.
The book is the fourth in the gone series, and as each new book came out, that became my new favourite book, and plague has done it again.
There is never a dull moment. There are exiting action scenes, romantic love scenes and tense spine tingling moments all in the mix and the greatest thing is that you feel emotions for every one of the forty or so brilliant characters.
I dont know how the writer does it, but he creates a book that i can read all night without getting bored, but i didnt, because i love it so much and i wanted it to last a long time and never end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F Mohamud on 3 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
The 'Gone' series is absolutely entertaining, once I start I cant stop, I find myself 2:00 in the morning reading the gone series, I'd advise to start from the begining, those book is called 'Gone' then 'Hunger' then 'Lies' and then finally 'plague'.

The other books which are going to come out in the future are 'Fear and 'Light', in 'Light' there is a possibility that they might find a way out of the Fayz, which stands for "Fallout Alley Youth Zone" and finally meet there parents or careers.

I would advise teenagers to read this series.

Hope you find this review interesting.
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Plague is the fourth book in the Gone Series.

Wow, this series just keeps getting better and better. In Plague kids are trapped in a dome; it’s a world without adults, and normal has crashed as burned… as the cover states. It’s hard times in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). A disease is spreading which causes kids to to literally cough up their lungs, with Healer Lana powerless to do anything. Little Pete has caught the disease, meaning he’s out of action and in his usual own world. Does this make him more vulnerable to the darkness?

Bugs are eating kids from the inside out and are impervious to Sam’s destructive light. Unkillable psychopath Drake/Brittney is still on the loose and up to no good. Sam & Astrid are arguing, while they try to deal with the problems.

Plague is fast paced, uses clear description, characters reflections and action to move the story along, as all the previous books in the series have. But what makes this the best book of the series (I’ve read so far) is that it takes characters to much darker places. It does this by sticking them between a rock and a hard place, giving them difficult choices.

So much happens in this book, it is an essential read in the Gone Series. That said it does focus more on character development to the detriment of the overarching plot. To give you an idea of how much actually happens, without giving too many spoilers away, here are just some of the main events: Lana connects with someone, Caine gets it on with Diana, Caine helps to save Perdido Beach, Albert is nearly murdered, Jack grows – becoming more of an action man, the Human Crew are disbanded, Astrid commits the biggest sin in her mind as a Christian, Orc the useless drunk seeks redemption and much much more.
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