Lies by Michael Grant


Written by Michael Grant
Part of the Gone Series

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Set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving children to rule in gangs that become increasingly feral and destructive. As conditions deteriorate tensions mount. Sam is meant to be in charge but he knows that he no longer has any control over what happens next as his fragile world collapses into absolute chaos. The strong and clearly delineated characters each of whom reacts in a different way to the disasters around them gives Lies a powerful sense of the fragility of human nature.

The complete list of books in this epic series is....

1 Gone
2 Hunger
3 Lies
4 Plague
5 Fear
6 Light

Review by Hugh, a 15 yr old fan:

Lies is the latest installment to the Gone series, in which relationships are tested and new measures are resorted to in order to stay alive. The balance of power has become more important than ever as the characters struggle with each other, and fear drives them to do things that they would never normally do: but their lives are far from normal. The plot is gripping and although it is a long book, I found myself reading for hours at a time. It is also more complex than the first two, as the line between right and wrong becomes ever more hazy, but this makes it more intriguing, and the reader has to think more. There are unpredictable twists in the plot, which increase the drama and the thrill of the story. It is a relentless high tempo plot with new events and situations introducing interesting elements to the story.


Lies by Michael Grant

It happens in one night: a girl who died now walks among the living, Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach, and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most - Drake. But Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness - or so they thought. As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake. And the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza, are preaching that death will set them all free. As life in the FAYZ becomes more desperate, no one knows who they can trust.

Michael Grant was interviewed by Julia Eccleshare from Lovereading4kids. Watch the interview below.


Gone: '... exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up. This is great fiction. I love this book.

. 'A tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless

'If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this.'

About the Author

Michael Grant

Michael Grant has always been fast paced. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her for less than 24 hours. His long list of previous occupations includes cartoonist, waiter, law librarian, bowling alley mechanic, restaurant reviewer, documentary film producer and political media consultant.

Michael and Katherine have co-authored more than 150 books, including the massive hit series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies. Working solo, Michael is the author of the internationally bestselling series GONE and the groundbreaking transmedia trilogy BZRK.

Michael, Katherine and their two children live in the San Francisco Bay Area, not far from Silicon Valley.

Q&A with Michael..

Where and when were you born?

Los Angeles California. There was a manger involved.

Where do you live and who with?

I live in Irvine, California, which is in “The OC” as we would say. I live with my wife, K.A. Applegate, and our two kids Jake, 11 (feet tall) and Julia, 9 (inches tall.) We have three pets: Goofy, a very large, very stupid, very sweet, poop-eating yellow Labrador; Pugs a nasty, hostile, ugly, yapping pug who I have not yet managed to kill; and Lightning, my daughter’s cat.

How did you first start writing?

My wife and I started writing together in 1989. At the time we were cleaning homes and offices for a living. Since then we’ve written over 150 books, sometimes together, sometimes separately, often under pseudonyms.

What inspires you?

Fear of having to get a real job. Oh, you mean artistically? I don’t know. I seem to be a compulsive writer. I like the rush of taking on something difficult, having no clear idea what I’m doing, and somehow pulling it off.

Have you won any awards for your work?

Fine, rub my nose in that. Great. Actually, the only award I have is a Pollie Award for political ads I produced for the Democrats a few years back.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Amused. Impatient. Political.

What do you do to relax?

Watch TV. Go to restaurants. I don’t find reading fiction relaxing, exactly, it’s too much like work. I tend to read history for relaxation.

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512 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

5th September 2011




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