In My Mailbox: Oh Little Pretties and Here’s A Tip

I finally got Lies by Michael Grant in the mail during the week (and it has blue pages! So awesome). This is one of the books I have been patiently waiting for and have finally received more then a week after it became available.

This is the tip part.

When there’s books you really want to read and which you decide to pre-order, pre-order them locally, don’t pre-order them online from another country just because it saves on postage. The reason I recommend that is because if you’re really hanging for a book, you know it’s available, and you have spent money on it already, you get a little tormented when you see it around in stores… Yes, I’m not doing that again. And yet if I hadn’t of done that I would not have gotten the great hard cover I got of Lies… hmm…

I received the other books in the mail before Lies, but decided to post them all together as three of them were in the same order. Plus I got another groovy bookmark. Mockingjay I have already read (and I read before I got my own copy by borrowing my mum’s) so there’s no forthcoming review for that one, but the others I will be posting reviews for. The Gone series by Michael Grant I’m currently reading, The Little Stranger is a book club read, and Clockwork Angel is one I’ve been hanging for since the author announced she was writing it. So yes, reviews will be posted at some point.

What have you gotten in the mail lately?

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