07 September 2012

Review: Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant

Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant

Published: 24 June 2008 by HarperTeen

Pages: 558 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Dystopia, Paranormal

Source: Own Library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

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...

My Thoughts

I really wanted to like Gone - I'd heard so many people say it was amazing, that they really enjoyed it, that it was an entertaining read. And I can agree with entertaining for the most part, but the rest.....

When I started reading Gone, it instantly reminded me of Stephen King's Under the Dome. Not that that's a bad thing, I loved Under the Dome, and for the first 50-60% of the book it certainly was an entertaining ride.

But somewhere along the way, I lost interest. Something about the characters, and in some ways, the writing was just too immature for my taste. I couldn't connect with the characters - they felt distant and I found it difficult to keep track of them, which usually isn't a problem for me. The only one that I felt a connection with was Lana.

Gone, for me, was a book with an amazing idea that got lost in the execution, although the super-powers were interesting it also got quite confusing when I couldn't keep track of the characters and what their individual powers were.

I don't want to say that Gone is a bad book, because it certainly isn't. It just wasn't for me, and the only other thing I can say is that it took me more than a month to read, when I would normally devour a book of this length in 2 or 3 days.


  1. Oh, man. I'm sad you didn't like this one. I, too, have heard so many wonderful things about it. I know I will read this series eventually.

    Thank you for the honest review. :D

  2. It's always a bummer when you don't end up liking a book. But you did a great review! I'm not sold on this one myself. I kind of dislike when there's absent parenting in YA and a whole book based upon it probably wouldn't work for me.

    1. Yep that's kind of a problem as there is a serious lack of parenting ;-)

  3. Ugh, I want to read this book at least because it's post-apocalyptic or whatever, but I'm not looking forward to it. I tried once and only read like a page. :-/

    1. I hate to tell people that I don't think they'll like a book, but I really couldn't imagine you liking this one. It's definitely action-packed but some of the characters just pissed me off - and the rest were just like window-dressing. So disappointing!



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