We think Gone by Michael Grant really is a must read teenage book this spring. It’s gripping from the first moment, one minute all the adults are there – next they’re gone! Only the children remain and they are trapped, cut off from the outside world and, scarily, left to rule themselves. Can they survive? It’s a chilling prospect and the new world order is scary for all. It’s Lord of the Flies for the Heroes generation with just a dash of the X-Men thrown in for good measure.
We have been lucky enough to have an Opening Extract of the book on our site weeks before the book was even published.
We were also asked if we wanted to interview the author so we sent along Hugh, one of our reviewers to grill him. Click below to see the interview or scroll down to read Hugh’s review of the book.
Hugh, aged 13:
This is a gripping novel about the world suddenly changing. In the blink of an eye, everyone over fifteen suddenly disappears in a small town in California. No one knows why and a shimmering barrier that cannot be passed appears in an exact ten mile radius of the local nuclear power plant. A few months before a few people and animals began to develop powers such as healing and telekinesis. Their powers are hard to control and scare them as much as they scare the others.
This may seem like a bad sci-fi story and this could put you off but don’t let it. The main character is a boy of fourteen who has no idea what is going on and many people look to him to take charge. It is mainly a story about the maturing of these children and how the world suddenly turns upside down. People try and take charge but some turn into power hungry bullies. All the eldest children live in fear of the day they turn fifteen. Any one who enjoyed ‘The Lord of the Flies’ will enjoy this. It has an original plot which is ever-changing and you can never predict. People come out of themselves and change character entirely. The smartest girl in the school suddenly cannot explain anything and the surfer is looked to for help, yet the two, who have never spoken before the change, become drawn to each other.
I would highly recommend this book. It is gripping story with many sub-plots and you cannot put it down.