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on 18 December 2014
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.

Plague ends with Sam taking some of the kids to a lake and Caine becoming self-appointed King of the kids who choose to stay in Perdido Beach. Albert, Lana and Howard are allowed to go between the Lake and Perdido Beach as they wish. Plague has a few interesting twists, in terms of who goes with Sam and who stays with Caine.

I only had two gripes with Plague. First, was that Sam’s character development was sacrificed, for the sake of other characters in the book. He spent most of his time off searching for a lake, with a few missed opportunities to develop his character.

The second gripe was purely presentational; the copy I ordered off Amazon didn’t have the same illuminous page edging as the others in my collection. While only minor, it is disappointing that my copies wont all match on my bookshelf. Especially considering that the brightly titled covers and page edging were what caused me to pick up Gone in a local supermarket.

Plague was so absorbing, that I often lost track of time while reading it. I enjoyed Plague so much, that as soon as I’d finished it, I immediately picked up Fear (the next book in the series) and started reading.
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on 18 December 2014
Fear is fifth book in the Gone Series.

In Fear the kids are still trapped in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) by the impenetrable dome and things are about to get a lot worse.

Astrid is living alone in the wilderness after events in Plague. But after noticing a black stain rising over the dome, she returns to Lake Tramonto and to Sam. If the dome goes completely black it will leave the kids in the dark. With no sunlight how will they grow food? Kids will panic, have accidents, starve and quickly die.

Meanwhile King Caine is continuing his reign of Perdido Beach with psychopath Penny. But when she goes too far he is forced to make a difficult choice.

Penny switches sides joining Drake and the Darkness. The darkness is after Dianna’s unborn baby. Why does it want the baby and will it succeed? Little Pete is surprisingly back as something. Pete will discover his new true nature and so will the reader.

Fear starts with Connie Temple outside the dome. This outside perspective adds another dimension to the story.

Astrid, Dianne, Little Pete and Caine characters developed well. This development gave the characters a strong sense of realism. Sex between some characters was used to indicate the characters maturity and the importance of their relationships to one another. These scenes were an expected progression and written appropriately for a YA book.

In Fear no new kids develop new powers. This was a missed opportunity to develop the storyline. The storyline was captivating as always, with a great dome-related twist at the end. However the ending was anticlimactic and left open. The reader had to many unanswered questions at the end to feel satisfied.

Overall Fear is a great instalment in the Gone Series. It’s good to know that it isn’t the last in the series.
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on 2 May 2016
Brilliant series based on the idea that adults in the Perdido Beach region have vanished, with a look at some of the possible consequences. Told from various viewpoints but largely centred around the main character, Sam. Good suspense and build-up.

Eldest really enjoying these books and discussing many of the issues raised, including societal roles and responsibilities.

Very highly recommend for 12+ year olds.
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on 18 December 2014
Lies is the third book in the Gone Series.

Lies is an epic read. Kids are trapped in a Dome and without any adults. In Perdido Beach, Sam and Astrid aren’t getting on. Zil and his human crew continue their campaign against kids with powers, leading them to set a massive fire that threatens to destroy all of Perdido Beach.

Albert continues quietly with his Alberto currency and running the market. Mother Mary struggles with the responsibility of the daycare, her mental health and her upcoming fifteenth birthday.

Brittney comes back to life and digs her way out of her grave. Kids start to report sightings of a Drake, the boy with the whip hand who died in Hunger. Sam is frustrated at the council’s lack of decision and action about the Human Crew’s antics. Sam goes AWOL emotionally traumatised at the thought that Drake, who tortured him, may have returned to the land of the living.

Orsay becomes a self-proclaimed Prophetess, claiming that she can see into parents dreams outside of the barrier. She also claims to be able to predict the future. Orsay gets a protecter called Nerezza, a weird kid that nobody seems to have seen before. The council decide to spread the lie that Orsay is making up her ability to reach kid’s parents on the outside of the dome.

Meanwhile Caine and his followers have become desperate. The last straw for Caine is eating a dead kid. Caine, Dianna and his followers steal a boat to head to an island which holds the promise of food. I particularly enjoyed reading the good side of Dianna, as it added depth to her character.

As Lies continues some of the kids are start to get ill, knocking some of the kids with powers out of play at vital moments. The darkness continues to manipulate kids and events throughout the book.

Lies develops the main characters well – each having their own strengths, weaknesses and motivations. It adds in some new characters as well. Some of my favourite new characters were: Justin & Roger, Peace, Sanjit and Virtue.

As always the plot is fast-paced, mostly showing rather than telling the story. Description is sparse, but enough to give the reader a good visual. Lies gives enough of the back story, so if you haven’t read Gone or Hunger you can still enjoy it without feeling like you’re missing something. But I would still recommend that you read both of them first.

On everyone of the Gone Series books it has a quote from Stephen King ‘I love these books.’ and I completely agree with him. I love these books.
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on 21 June 2017
I picked up "Plague" in a charity shop not knowing that it was the middle book of a series. Loved it so had to buy the rest of the series with "Gone" being the first one. It lived up to expectations.
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on 3 January 2014
I was walking through the local supermarket book aisle and noticed a book with a black cover with bright green writing. I knew that I was getting a kindle for christmas so I made a mental note to give Gone a go when I had it. Its been just over a week since Christmas day and I have now read all 6 books. The need to continue reading these books for me can only be compared to the Harry Potter series. It has been a long time since I could say I felt this way about a book series and I adored all of the books in equal measure. I have never been so happy to have been dragged into the book aisle of a supermarket before. If you haven't read them, then do. Much like Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games, they say that these books are for children but really they are for all ages. You will fall in love with the characters (my personal favourites were Edilio and Lana) and you will laugh, cry, cheer for them, get angry with them and mourn them. The Fayz will draw you in, the mystery that surrounds the whole situation will leave you wanting more. If you think you can handle a world where everyone is under 15, there is anarchy, murder, cannabalism, lust, love, courage and much much more. You will see children grow into 'adults' and characters change for the better, and the worse. It is a true look into human survival. I personally think if it was adults it would have got a whole lot messier. Anyway, firstly I would like to thank Michael Grant for an ending worthy of the whole series, and secondly I will say to start reading Gone.. now. Its not just a FAYZ.
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on 31 August 2017
When this book came up in results i was expecting it to being boring but it is amazing. twists and turns in every chapter. will Sam beat the poof? is it a coincidence that Caine and Sam were born on the same day but 3 minutes apart? and finally what or who started the FAYZ?

I would recommend it to fans of alex rider or harry potter

all in all a great read and i would recommend it to people aged 9 - 16

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on 26 August 2013
This is a scary looking book and the back cover contains a warning of violence, which is well deserved. Very much in the style of the Hunger Games , and more so the Lord of the Flies, this book has all the adults disappear in the first moments and then proceeds to have teens fifteen and under are literally abandoned to try and run the world.

I particularly like the fact that almost none of the protagonists can drive, and adult skills such as cooking, child minding, computers are spread among the populatin with an occaisional child having a strong talent, and the rest being fairly clueless

The story never stops and you are forever on the edge of your seat, but with so many questions not answered at the end, it can feel a little un satisfactory, but then there are sequels.

So read this in anticipation of a long journey through the sequels that follow
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on 13 April 2014
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.

The story suffers from first novel syndrome, leaving so many loose ends and unanswered questions that it does not stand on its own as a story. The plot is also fairly predictable and a lot of the secondary cast members who seemed to be important at the start of the novel did not really get a lot of development.

However, the novel was certainly exciting and never felt bored reading it, even during its quiet sections. It does a very good job of setting out the ground rules for the world and therefore sets the stage for the rest of the series. I really hope that this means that the characters have more room to grow over the next few novels, as I think that this series really has promise to be something great.
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on 28 May 2013
This is one of the better books of the series! It has a lot going on and jumps nicely between the good (Sam) the Bad (Caine) and the damn right ugly (Drake).

I enjoyed the new take on little Petey, it made for an interest read and Diana's pregnancy was written into it well.

A couple of minor issues I have is the 'gay' characters. I'm not sure the Dekka and Brianna lesbian bit goes anywhere and if it needed to be in the story unless something significant happens in Book 6 'Light'.
Also Edilio suddenly coming out, I had to re-read the line as it was a shock but again not really needed as it didn't add to the plot.

This did not change the way I viewed the book, it's just something that doesn't seem to fit. Does anyone else feel this?

The darkness was great, loved the slow build up of the world becoming dark and the sense of 'fear' creeping over everyone, including the reader.

I'm 10% of the way through book 6 now and am truly sad it is coming to an end. This series really does need to become a film.

I'll be back with my final review soon! Well done Michael Grant for another brillaint addition to the series
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