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Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Plague by Michael Grant

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Buy the Book: Amazon
Series or Stand Alone: Series (Gone #4)
Author's Website:
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. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And 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?

Plague, Michael Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages.

My Review: 

     Wow.  That's all I can say about these books.  Every single one of them is amazingly intense, and I absolutely love them all.  They're definitely some of the strangest books I've ever read, they're just plain bizarre, but maybe that's what makes them so enticing.  I'm pretty sure I'm addicted.  If he didn't write any more, I might have some interesting side effects.  To communicate to you just how suspenseful and creepy they are, I would like for you to watch this.  Yes, I know it's the U.K. version, but I like it better than the U.S. version.  Now you should read this, because I think Michael Grant is completely hilarious.  Doesn't that sound like an amazing combination?  Trust me.  Read them.  You won't be disappointed.

      In this installment of the Gone series everyone is either on the verge of a mental breakdown, or in the middle of one.  Their entire world has been turned upside down, and just when they think they've got something under control, the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) throws them another utterly impossible obstacle that threatens their sanity and their lives.  Nothing is going the way anyone planned, and no one fully understands the new rules they now have to live by.  Now, the best they can do is survive.

     "Why did I write the GONE series? Well, in my head I imagine this reader. Sometimes it's a girl, sometimes it's a boy. It changes. But in any case there's this reader. And I want that reader to pick up GONE, and to be unable to put it down until they have read every word. I want that reader to forget everything else going on around them and become completely engrossed.
     When they're done with the first book, I want them to need that next book desperately. I want to surprise that reader and scare that reader and make and make that reader fall in love. In the end I want the reader to put down the book and think, 'Man, that was fun.'"     - Michael Grant  

I couldn't have said it any better. 

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