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.
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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.
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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.'
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