Series: Gone #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 24, 2008
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In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.
There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
Sam just wants to continue flying under the radar and hang out with his best friend. But after a mysterious event leaves him and a motley crew of teenagers and kids looking for answers in a town with no adults, he’s forced to step up and take a leadership position. Unfortunately, not everyone is in support of his decisions and it leads to an all our war zone in what was once a small, quiet beach town. And weird things keep happening. People are developing powers, animals are mutating, and who knows what else is coming.
I was surprised with how much I loved this book. It was a non stop, action packed adventure from start to finish. Though the story is told from multiple character’s perspectives, it mainly follows the story of Sam, an unlikely hero who has no interest in being a hero. I really enjoyed the multiple narratives as it really gave a lot of insight into who everyone was and what they wanted. You had some people who just wanted their parents, some who were hungry for power, some who wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of, and some people who flat out did not give a crap. It was really cool to see all these different personalities and perspectives clashing and coming together. It was an entire world on a smaller scale, being made sense of by kids and honestly, it was pretty damn interesting. The world of the series is strange because it takes place in a small beach town by some sort of nuclear reactor and it introduces the idea of mutation in both the animals and the kids, allowing for a setting that is doubly dangerous and one that will keep you guessing.