Everyday, we wake up forcing ourselves into the regular routine of brushing teeth, changing into school uniform, and skipping breakfast and running downstairs for the bus. But in the town of San Perdido, things have become far from normal. In a flash, everyone over the age of fourteen just disappeared. They were gone. To the confusion and surprise of the children who remain, a giant force field of sorts now encircles the town, preventing anyone from entering or leaving.

     Gone is the first book in a series including: Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light. Sam Temple is the main protagonist of the Gone series. Sam is a freshman in high-school who is described as bright and athletic. He was not particularly smart in school, but managed to scrape by. He had a crush on a girl named Astrid and only had one true friend named Quinn. Sam, Quinn, and Astrid work together to survive inside the dome to find a way out of the chaotic, adult-free world. As the story progresses, they develop and grow into individuals with strong and different personalities. Sam grows and becomes a strong leader, from a quiet student that nobody knew in school. Quinn, Sam’s best friend, was originally an understanding and caring friend, that grew to become negative and rude. Lastly, Sam’s crush, Astrid, is an incredibly intelligent but quiet student. However, throughout the story, she plays the biggest role into pushing Sam to become a leader.

     Within Gone, there is an evident theme of good versus evil and the supernatural. Within the FAYZ, the nickname given to Perdido Beach. An evil entity is slowly starting to emerge, the gaiaphage. A diabolical creature, whose only thought is to escape the prison that it is trapped in. Due to the gaiaphage presence, supernatural mutations start to arise within the town. The protagonist Sam is given the power to command a blinding, killing light from his palms. Cain, his stepbrother is given the power of telekinesis. Little Pete, Astrid’s autistic little brother, is a different story altogether. He is the little, ignorant God that created the FAYZ with powers he can barely control.

     The story starts off with confusion and mistrust, with all the adults disappearing in a blink. Many of the kids start to panic, and the main trio start to explore the changes. The plot thickens as the Coates kids, students who go to a boarding school near the town, come into Perdido Beach to take over. The standard plot: Introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion is present, but not strong because Gone is part of a series. Grant uses descriptive imagery, and supernatural diction in order to convey his story. He tries to illustrate the sense of fear and panic that the kids are feeling and the mysterious influences at work within the FAYZ. He takes a brutal approach. Most children would think that a world without rules or adults would be paradise, Grant thinks otherwise.

Reflection:

I really enjoyed reading this book so when I was writing, I was writing a lot at a very fast pace. However, I realized that I had crossed the word limit by hundreds of words. So I had hard time writing a review on this great book in such a short amount of words.

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