I picked this up a couple of weeks ago, attracted to it by the flourescent yellow page ends and the front cover which said ‘It’s a world without adults, and normal has crashed and burned..’.
All of a sudden life descends into chaos when everyone expects Sam to step-up and try to restore some normality. Within hours some of the ‘difficult’ kids from a rival school roll into town and take over.
Unfortunately for the kids of Perdido Beach, they have more issues than everyone over the age of 15 disappearing; some kids have developed potentially deadly superpowers, animals are mutating and people disappear on their 15th birthday.
Gone follows Sam, his friends and his smart love-interest Astrid and her little brother Pete as they try get their heads around life in ‘The FAYZ’, understand their powers and try to save the innocent kids of Perdido Beach from the bullies and Caine and his powerful army who have really got it in for Sam.
The story is told from various points of view, the main one being Sam Temple, however without warning the story just switches point of view, which was quite confusing at the start of the book. I wouldn’t mind the point of view switching within a chapter, however I think it might have been better if the author had used an icon or something to make it obvious the point of view had switched.
The story itself waste quite predictable, however the characters were interesting and some of them were truly scary, especially Drake.
The ending seemed like quite the anti-climax. The last half of the book is building up to a battle between Sam and Caine as they both try to avoid disappearing on their 15th birthday. *Spoiler Alert* They manage to stop themselves disappearing on their birthday however instead of having the massive battle I was expecting, they had a bit of a battle and then Sam told Caine to leave Perdido Beach…and he did.
It was like one of those frustrating moments when you watch a horror film and the good guy doesn’t kill someone who you know is going to turn out to be a real pain in the ass and repeatedly try to kill them later on in the film. I found myself shouting ‘just finish him!’ at the book.
The book didn’t just look at the big things involving the main characters, it also looked at things you’d never think about like who would look after babies and children who had suddenly been left without parents? And who will keep McDonald’s open!
Despite finding the book a little bit predictable, I enjoyed the story and the characters and I will read the second in the series at some point, though the title is Hunger so I guess I know half of the book already.
3.5 / 5
Have you read Gone? What did you think?