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Plague (The Gone Series) Paperback – 2 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (972 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

They've survived hunger. they've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building in plague, Michael Grant's fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series.

A highly contagious, fatal illness is spreading at an alarming rate, while sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape or even survive life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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The children and young adults inside the dome are finding some kind of stability at last. And then, slowly, the dome begins to turn black. Without light, there's no food, no safety, no way of knowing what's waiting in the dark.
And what's waiting is even more unsettling for the 'good' guys than ever. Penny is a fabulously twisted creation - doing damage that even Lana can't fix. Drake/Brittany is as terrifying as s/he ever was, and, of course, there's the thing in the mine and this time it wants company.
This book feels like it's building to a great climax in Book 6. It refers to the characters as chess pieces at one point, and it does feel as if everyone is being moved into position for the Endgame. I, for one, can't wait to see how that game plays out in the final enstallment.
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Kids under the age of fifteen trapped in a 10 mile radius dome in modern-day California. With mutant powers and isolation from civilization as we know it comes Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear and finally Light.
What does every teen series need in it's final installment? There needs to be action and romance, a climax that makes all the reading worth while, the opportunity of redemption, adored characters meeting their ends, sorrow and hope. Michael Grant's final novel to the Gone series has it all. He also achieves what few writers do - a sufficiently detailed aftermath which allows you to feel closure.
You'll feel awestricken yet satisfied with this finale.
It's just a FAYZ.
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***No spoilers for FEAR or the previous books***

Michael Grant knows how to write a story full of action, mystery, humour, disturbing/gory-stuff and occasional romance with a great variety of characters and plot twists added in to shake things up.

The idea behind this novel was promising and Michael exceeded my expectations once again by writing a really thrilling read. The plot twists were really well done. A lot of it I wasn't expecting, and like the previous four books, I just couldn't tear through this book enough. Even though the book is a big one, I felt that apart from the beginning it was really fast-paced and enjoyable.

It was great to meet up with my favourite characters once more. All of the GONE novels manage a balance between characters and action, but with each GONE novel different characters play different roles in the book. Personally, some of my favourite characters, Lana, Dekka and Diana have solid roles in this book which was nice. Lana is as determinedly strong as ever (and hey, she even smiles once or twice, which is great because she DESERVES some sort of happiness after the hell she's been through in the previous 5 books, no?) and Dekka, while she plays a smaller part in FEAR than I would have liked, tries to recover from the events of PLAGUE, in which she didn't leave fully unscathed. At all. Diana, on the other hand, was charming to me for the first half of the novel, and it looked like she would continue to be. But then the last fifty or so pages happened and I remembered that all of the main characters of the GONE novels have shades of grey, and are completely human in their unpredictability despite the strange situation (being trapped in this dome) they have found themselves in.
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Every so often you come across a book which just makes your fingertips tingle with joy every time you turn a page. For me, the Gone series has offered five such books so far.

From the very first chapter in the series, these books have had me hooked. The key conflict of the series is situational, as is the case with most great books. Grant had a great "What if..?" which set the story on its way: What if a bunch of kids with emerging superpowers were trapped in a bubble with no adults and a monster out to destroy them?

The situation has changed and mutated (pun intended) as the books have progressed. What if the food started to run out? What if everyone started getting sick? What if kids got their hands on the booze and drugs lying around? And with every mutation, the books have become more and more brilliant!

The situation is awesome enough, but when you add Grant's ability to create flawed protagonists and truly villainous bad guys, the result is a series which is incredibly gripping. Fear has seen my favourite antagonist so far: the cruel and insane Penny. Penny's "power" is her ability to create illusions so vivid and sensory that they are impossible to distinguish from reality. This makes her useful to Caine, the self-proclaimed King of the Perdido Beach kids.

I loved hating Penny. My favourite illusion of the book saw her treating a boy to some imaginary Red Vines which were actually the veins of his arms. They tasted so good... he just kept digging into his flesh for more! So. Very. Dark.

She's part of the "fear" suggested by the book's title. The other is that the sphere which has encased the town is slowly turning black and will soon block out all light. Without the sun there will be no more food production.
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