Review: Gone by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

This is the second time around I have read Gone by Michael Grant, the first in the Gone series, and it was almost as good as the first. I say almost because I knew exactly what was coming, but at the same time I was able to appreciate it even more, pay more attention to the character development and the plot rather then being solely focused on what was coming next.

It has just about every thing a typical young adult novel is expected to have – love stories, teen angst, the good vs bad, the good kids and the bullies – but what I love about this novel is that even though there is a good vs evil element to it the characters have very believable reactions to their situation. The characters, their reactions, and their behaviour are varied and what could have come across as stereotypes in writing or entertainment are far more realistic. I really love it when a novel has a far fetched idea, a truly fantastical notion (even when that idea works well and has it’s own evolutionary chain for that setting), but has realistic characters with realistic reactions rather then some novels I’ve read that just make me scoff. This is a non-scoff novel and I’m hoping it continues on in the series.

I also love the use of smart kids without them being Mary Sues, the bad kids without being hard core Anti-Sues because you can tell they aren’t created to be the bad arse opposites, the use of psychology in the children’s interaction with each other, the imagination in the plot, and the plausible use of science.

I don’t really have much else to go on about with this book because I still haven’t read Hunger which I’m itching to do before Lies arrives in the mail (it’s already available, but I ordered it online so I have to wait!). I will say I have an urge to recommend this book to a lot of people, but there’s only certain people I actually recommend it to. Why? 1. it is without a doubt a page turner. The story is fast paced and easy to absorb or become engrossed in. 2. yes it’s easy to absorb, but there’s content in there that is not easy to digest. Being easy to absorb does not mean it is a light and fluffy read. There is nothing really light and fluffy in this story, even though it is offset with a sense of humour and likeable characters. There are some potentially disturbing scenes (I say potentially because I’m not easily disturbed) and when there’s a scenario where everyone over the age of 15 disappears leaving children to run things and take care of themselves, what do you think is going to happen?

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go start reading Hunger now! Oh and a little note – I’m going to go see Tomorrow, When The War Began tomorrow so expect a review over the next week.

  • Demographic: Young Adult, but suitable for an older generation as well.
  • Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction.
  • Reminds Me Of: Nothing I can think of except think X-Men meets Lord of The Flies.
  • Rating Out of Five: 5
  • Challenges: RIP V Challenge

4 thoughts on “Review: Gone by Michael Grant

  1. This is a book that I see positive reviews of everywhere and I still can’t decide if I want to read it or not. I think part of my problem is I hate the cover that is commonly used… I know, shouldn’t do that, but I do!


    • Don’t worry, I do sometimes too! I think a lot of people do which is a shame because in this case it is actually a good read.

      Is it the cover with the kids on there or the one I’ve used? If it’s the cover with the kids that would turn me off too.


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