Lord of the Flies meets The Stand! The parallels with the William Golding classic are inevitable and I suspect Grant would not deny its influence on the story told in Gone; however it also reminded me greatly of Stephen King's The Stand (albeit slightly shorter!). Although all the characters are children I soon found myself regarding them as adults as the plot forces them to act and react in very developed ways. A very entertaining read that keeps you turning the page. I look forward to the next instalment.