Gone by Michael Grant (book review, by Iris).

June 10, 2014 | By | Reply More

Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes.

One moment the adults are there, the next they’re not. When every adult over the age of 15 disappears from Perdido beach, the children left are alone. Trapped within a barrier and completely cut off from the outside world they are left with no rules, and chaos erupts.  When food starts to run out, and violence starts to run free, children realise that life without rules is not as good as they first thought, and then the deaths begin.

Gone by Michael Grant (book review, by Iris).

Gone by Michael Grant (book review, by Iris).

Children are faced with a deadline, the food is depleting and soon children will starve. If they survive all the tribulations then there is another countdown; when children turn fifteen they too just disappear. Some children might be too young to worry about that, but for Sam Temple, a 14 year old and one of the oldest left it is an upcoming threat.

When some children being to develop strange powers and sides are chosen, the children are not only under threat from the elements, but from each other.

With no rules, power is everything, and children who before were just bullies or disturbed kids now hold the potential to kill. Sam Temple, one of the most powerful mutants, and his friends try to restore order, but the children have to start from scratch, building a society and a system of work, where the young children and babies are cared for, and some children have the authority to make rules, as they realise that no adults are going to save them; they are on their own.

A great science fiction lord of this flies, this book has everything; thought provoking moments, moments that make you cry and laugh, and dark themes, made all the more horrible by being solely about children.

Despite only including children, Michael Grants book has a range of characters all with different personalities, which adds depth and realism to the book. There are insanely evil characters who provide drama, mature characters, who, while seeming a little too grown up for their age, can bring in themes of building a society and choosing leaders, and the brave characters, such as Sam Temple the protagonist, who provide a hero for the story to follow.

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I have been working as a full-time author publishing fantasy and science fiction novels for HarperCollins for the last seven years.

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