Google+ Reading Teen: Quick-Fire Review: Gone by Michael Grant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quick-Fire Review: Gone by Michael Grant

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061448761
ISBN-13: 978-0061448768
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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...

At a Glance:
So, there have been a few people who have been trying to get me to read this book for quite awhile now. And for like two years now, I've been putting it off. I am so dumb.

I've always judged books by their covers. Something I've never liked about a book is when there are models on the cover, representing characters in the book. It was because of this dislike that I put off reading Gone. Again, I am so dumb.

I enjoy most of the books I read. But sometimes, there are certain books that I read that I find are impossible to put down. In other words, Gone was so action-packed and exciting that I didn't sleep at all the night I started it, and I had it finished the next day. Michael Grant really knows how to write. As far-fetched as the idea of a bunch of fourteen-year-olds going crazy and trying to kill each other sounds, Mr. Grant makes the scenario terrifyingly believable. So much so that I'm very glad that, being fifteen, I wouldn't be a part of the world that Mr. Grant has created.

Though this isn't a love story, romance does play its part in Gone. I was not overly impressed with how the romance was written, being a bit unrealistic in my mind, but it was nonetheless successfully written, which is more than a lot of authors can say about their books.

Gone is mainly about Sam Temple. Much like most heroes in teen novels, he is a mostly-average boy. Except when he accidentally burns someone's hands off with his fiery superpower. He's a likable character, and the book is very well written from his perspective.

Favorite Supporting Character:
Edilio. This kid is awesome. He plays the part of Sam's right-hand-man. He's the guy who is always doing the right thing. He fights the bad guys, and supports the good guys. He's just an all-around good guy.

Something I loved:
I loved the constant action, and the fantastic writing.

Something(s) I hated:
Though it isn't something I hate about books, I can't say that I enjoyed the extreme violence of the book.


Would I recommend it?
Yes. I already have, to many of my friends.This is a fantastic book for teen readers.

Did my friends like it? 
It's only because my friends liked this book so much that I read it. And I'm very glad I did.

Will I buy/keep it?
Unfortunately, I'm borrowing this book from a friend, so I can't keep it. But I may just "forget" to return it.



  1. Gone is in my April reading list... after reading your review, it will be really hard to wait that long... :)

  2. Awesome review! I have been wanting to read this series and I am glad that it's highly recommended.

    1. This is one of those series I put off and put off, thinking it was too young for me, but I was SO wrong! It's seriously fantastic!

  3. I really must read this series. I feel like everyone at Reading Teen has been praising this book for a long time and I have yet to dive into the adventure.

    Thanks for the great review, this just got moved up on my reading pile! :)


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