Twitter is SO persuasive when it comes to choosing what book to read. With some prodding from Melina and HD, I picked up Gone by Michael Grant which is the first in a series where everyone over the age of 15 disappears and the kids are left to deal with the fall out. I am on the fence with Gone and thought I would do this review a little differently and write about the prose and cons of the book.
The Concept: I liked the idea behind seeing what would happen if kids had to fend for themselves in a world of no adults, but they still have electricity and such. I liked seeing the break down of the society in Gone by Michael Grant.
Science – A number of different theories are put forth by several characters – namely the main good guys, Sam and Astrid the genius as to why the disappearance happened. Plus there is another character named Computer Jack who does really intriguing things with technology. Also, I’m not sure this falls under science, but I liked the powers the kids developed.
Pacing – Gone by Michael Grant is filled with constant action. It is edge of your seat reading. There’s nary a dull moment.
Suspension of disbelief– I thought Gone required too big of a suspension of disbelief on my part. Many of the fantastic elements didn’t work for me. When the talking coyotes showed up, I had to do my best not bust out laughing, especially because I subconsciously associate talking coyotes with the episode of the Simpsons where Homer eats this pepper that makes him hallucinate and Johnny Cash shows up as his spirit guide in the form of a coyote.
Characterization – I thought the characters lacked a complexity that I look for. There are so many characters and they felt underdeveloped to me. Most are straight up good or bad with the exception of two characters – Quinn and Diana, that I could remember. The bullies are sociopaths. The good guys might as well have capes. Personally, I like a nice ambiguous gray area.
Violence – This is more of personal reason. I felt there was a bit too much. And look, friends, I have handled and enjoyed The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Lord Of The Flies. I am not a stranger to violence in books. But it just seemed a little too gratuitous for me. Pretty much every other chapter one character was beating the shit out of another.
Gone by Michael Grant definitely has an audience, but I am not sure that audience is me. I like my reads with more depth. If a book is going to be over500 pages, I’d like some meat to it. Although, I heard a rumor that Hunger the second book is better, so I may continue with the series.
Disclosure: Purchased for my kindle back when Gone was like 1.99 with BONUS materials, yo cuz that’s how I roll.