Series: Gone #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
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...
Gone was a book that had been sat on my shelf for a really long time and I actually have some of the next books sat waiting to be read. I have to say I wasn’t exactly sure what I was expecting when I went into this book but I definitely enjoyed it. I do say that this book is the typical YA dystopian in the fact that there is one teenager that seems to hold the power to save the world. So just be aware of that when you pick up this one, it’s not an original plotline, and although there are elements that are original the ending and the arc is very predictable!
I think the best thing about Gone would have to be the circumstances that the characters find themselves in. I think although it is a classic dystopian setting the situation that actually causes it is interesting. It’s almost reminiscent of Under the Dome by Stephen King but without all the politics. I also think that the way that ‘magic’ is presented throughout the story is really cleverly done especially with the fear of the unknown and the lines the kids draw between themselves.
I thought that this book was a lot more violent than what I was expecting like at Hunger Games level if I’m being honest. It might be something to bear in mind if you’re picking up this series and are a little bit on the sensitive side. Especially as the violence involves children with other children.
I have a lot of good things to say about this book regardless of the fact that the story itself wasn’t my all time favourite. One thing I will say which I suppose goes against Gone would have to be that some of the information in this book was long winded and it felt almost like filler content. I would have prefered to learn more about the characters within the town, like why does the kid choose to reopen the McDonalds. I think there was a lot more that could have been looked at within the town and I do believe that there was too much focus on the violence at times.
I’m not ready to jump into the next book in the series, I liked Gone and I will continue on with the series, just not yet. I do recommend this book if you’re looking for a dystopian with a different twist on the story, I just wouldn’t go into it expecting something really original.
What are some of the dystopians that you have really enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to read some really good dystopian novels!