Gone

Gone

Book - 2008
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In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, ©2008
ISBN: 9780061448782
9780061448768
Characteristics: 558 p. : maps ; 24 cm.

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Sarah_2000
Oct 11, 2017

First read this series when I was younger and loved it, reread it again now and loved it again! I feel as though I got a lot more out of it now, although it was still amazing at a younger age. One thing people should know before reading the series, or recommending it to children, is that later on in the series it involves some very confronting topics such as cannibalism, teen pregnancy, and a lot of incredibly violent acts. But overall, it's and absolutely brilliant series!

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sobia5134
Oct 02, 2017

best book

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muskoka2017
Sep 07, 2017

This is by far my favorite book!!! I first read it a few years ago and have reread it multiple times since. Michael Grant, thank you SO MUCH for writing this book, but WHY DO YOU HAVE TO KILL NEARLY ALL MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

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selena_1108
Jul 31, 2017

I loved how Michael Grant created a thrilling and suspenseful ambiance in his book. If you liked the "Maze Runners" series, I'm sure that this book is for you! :)

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 05, 2017

Really nicely thought through structure. Very creative, yet wonderfully realistic. Full of twists and hair pin turns. AMAZING!!!!!

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hjhhujingheng55
Jun 22, 2017

one of the most wonderful and addicting book you'll ever read, filled with exciting action that'll make you stay up all night.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 03, 2017

My friend had to read this recently for her culminating assignment. Personally, I read this book a long time ago, but I guess you could say it's interesting enough. Imagine you are living life as any regular person. One day, you wake up to find that all the power is gone and everyone above the age of 18 has disappeared. Would you be gone as well? Here, in this six book series, characters try to establish solid ground in the torn confusing one they are thrust into. Also, what is with the strange powers they are developing?
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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GeorginaTheAmazing
Aug 17, 2016

Gone.

Where to start with this book?

It's witty, funny, suspenseful, dramatic, and keeps you turning the pages for fear that you might miss a single beautiful detail.

The whole idea the series centers around is brilliant. When the premise of a book is incredible, you know it's gonna be good.

Gone is a page flipping, suspense building, mysterious, clever work of art with likable and believable characters who are so well written it's incredible. It's mysterious and amazing. I reccomend this book to ANYONE.

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Lshredder
Jul 26, 2016

It's a very good series if you like post apocalyptic books and si-if I would recommend this for Gr.6 onwards.

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Naomi435
Jul 17, 2016

Gone, is the first book out of six in this series, and is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It was a real page-turner. Every couple of pages there is something that brings up a ton of questions and keeps you in great suspense. There is a lot of feeling all throughout this book, and whether it's sadness or being overjoyed, Michael Grant has mastered the technique of keeping his readers engaged with every flip of the page. This book kind of reminds me of the Divergent and Maze runner series; both starring kids (usually without parents) who learn and fight together, using teamwork and strategy to survive. All the characters had different personalities, and each personality fit beautifully with the plot of the book and collided in the best way with other characters. I highly recommend this book, especially for people who like fantasy/dystopia. Overall, this book is AMAZING and I am so glad that I decided to read it!

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Sarah_2000
Oct 11, 2017

Sarah_2000 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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lilym415
Aug 13, 2017

lilym415 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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selena_1108
Jul 31, 2017

selena_1108 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 05, 2017

BudgiesNbooks thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_dog_8329
May 29, 2017

blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

RobertELPL Mar 06, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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black_shark_436
Mar 04, 2017

black_shark_436 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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red_spider_419
Feb 12, 2017

red_spider_419 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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blue_wolf_1966
Apr 10, 2016

blue_wolf_1966 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9

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Rebekah77712
Dec 26, 2015

Rebekah77712 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Sarah_2000
Oct 11, 2017

Violence: For a book with no one over the age of 15 there's a huge amount of violent scenes, namely with wild animals killing preschoolers

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Rebekah77712
Dec 26, 2015

Violence: Um... Yeah. Kids fighting, guns, superpowers... :P It gets violent.

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Rebekah77712
Dec 26, 2015

Coarse Language: Only in a couple spots in this book, but still present. I've only seen two unsavory words, but it's something to look out for.

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Rebekah77712
Dec 26, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book is not for those with weak stomachs!!!! This whole book is potentially frightening and intense to some, so once again, proceed with caution!

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JihadiConservative
May 23, 2013

Violence: lots of fist fight ending in bloody injuries, some bloody battles with death and injury a girl gets in a car accident and is described pretty graphically. lots of additionel murders and sad scenes

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JihadiConservative
May 23, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Pretty intense

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readerxgirl
Oct 16, 2012

Coarse Language: They swear quite a bit.

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Perenelle
Aug 23, 2011

Violence: Lots of disturbing and gross things in this book. Fighting and injuries that may be slightly disturbing to some people.That doesn't stop it from being good, though.

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MadSasha
Jun 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Mahala
Sep 19, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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genius_girl
Jul 11, 2016

Sam: Let's keep moving. We should have brought bikes or skateboards.
Quinn: Why not a car?
Sam: You know how to drive?
Quinn: I've seen it done.
Astrid: I've seen heart surgery done on TV, too. That doesn't mean I'm going to try it.
Quinn: You watch heart surgery on TV? That explains a lot, Astrid.

Halfbloodprincess Jun 16, 2013

Ad Augusta, per augusta - to high places by narrow roads.

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readerxgirl
Oct 18, 2012

"Some bad stuff has happened to all of u," Sam said. "Some very bad stuff. We're beat up, we're tired. We don't know what's going on. The whole world has gone bizarre on us. Our bodies and minds have changed in ways that are even weirder than puberty."

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readerxgirl
Oct 16, 2012

"Well, since no one else is taking them, I might as well take the roast." (Astrid said)
Sam leaned down to look at the display. "Okay, I give up which one is a roast?"

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jormic
May 31, 2011

"One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone. There. Gone. No 'poof.' No flash of light. No explosion."

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dorothywei
May 02, 2011

"I could pick you up, fly you into the ceiling, or slam you against a wall."

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ermehgerdberks
Dec 31, 2010

"Do you think they're aliens?"

"Ummmm......... if they were aliens, I think they'd be driving UFO's, not BMW's."

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Mahala
Sep 19, 2010

"Its a msitake to let me live, Sam" Caine warned. "You know I'll be back."

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Mimi30
Oct 22, 2014

Gone by Michael Grant

All of the children in Peridido Beach wake up one morning, have breakfast and continue with their normal routine. But one thing is about to change. In the blink of an eye, all of the adults above the age of 15 disappear. There is no explanation to why they are GONE.

The town of Peridido Beach and surrounding areas are enclosed in a dome like barrier that is separating the real world and this fantasy world. The children at first are scared, but soon realize that they have the freedom to live wherever they want and eat whatever they want; not realizing it would come back to bite them in the butt. While everyone was freaking out about the so called "POOF", the FAYZ was created. The FAYZ stands for Fallout Alley Youth Zone. In the FAYZ there were unusual events happening like battles with coyotes and crazy mutations, but that's not all. The children are developing abnormal powers that are going to be used for both good and evil.

The fate of Peridido Beach will lie in the hands of one boy by the name of Sam Temple and his girlfriend Astrid Ellison. Not to mention the 5 year old autistic brother of Astrid. It will be a long battle to defeat The Darkness.

Rathbun88 Jul 14, 2014

Book geared toward preteens and early teens. Everyone ages fifteen years of age and older disappear from a small town named for a nuclear reactor plant. the kids ban together to try and restore order while they try to figure out why their parents and older siblings disappeared. very fast paced and interesting story line.

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acryme
Aug 28, 2013

Welcome to perdido beach where our slogan is "radiation what radiation" no longer perdido beach, california its peridido beach the FAYZ (fallout alley youth zone) wherever, whenever and whyever that is. to put things bluntly at your stay here you'll notice strange things happening like for instance everyone over the age of 14 disapears we have no adults internet or phones nothing but kids some kids find changes happening to themselves that are wierder than puberty (we are not kidding) such as devolping powers like shooting lazers out of your hand with no adults around who's the big kahuna? well the strongest kid of course the fayz is a war zone youll also find the fayz wall which is basicly a big blank impnetrible sphere Barrier that's 20 miles in circumfrence you'll also notice muttations in animals such as coyotes as big as great danes who can talk and well to put it blunt kids still have problems from their old life (or universe) like bulimia sadism and such oh the charachters go deep down well basicly ive told you what is going on without spoilers who wants it spoiled right also try not to die

DaisyDenisse Jul 06, 2012

Everyone Over The Age Of 14 Disappears All Of A Sudden. No One Used Magic Nothing. Everyone From The Age Of 15 And Older Disappear. Just Poof! No Noise No Nothing. The Only Thing That Appears Was A Wierd Wall That Burns When Yuh Touch It. Some Teens Are Developing Powers Including The Little Ones.
You Have To Read This Book! Its Amazing!!

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MadSasha
Jun 16, 2011

For some reason, everybody 15 or older dissapears. Kids rule the world. Disturbing, unnatural, and odd things happen.

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Mahala
Sep 19, 2010

Welcome to the FAYZ, short for Fallout Alley Youth Zone. There's no one who's over the age of fourteen; they've all "poofed," they're just gone. But the strangeness only starts there. There's a circular dome, surrounding the land within a ten-mile radius from the nuclear plant. The wall is impenetrable and burns you if you touch it. There are strange mutations in the animals, such as seagulls with talons, winged snakes, and talking coyotes. Some kids have also developed strange powers. The rules of the world are changing, and Sam is running out of time before he turns fourteen and is bound to poof.

The kids from Coates Academy come down to the town of Perdido Beach, and one of them, named Caine, basically takes over. He acts as if he's benevolent, but people are dying, and it's because his sheriff and Captain Orc's little gang of bullies keep beating people up who break the rules imposed on them by Caine. And while some of these rules are actually valid, others prevent people from gaining any power to oppose Caine.

Sam, Quinn, Edilio, Astrid, and Little Pete find themselves thrown together for survival. Sam knows that something is off about Caine, and he also has a power to shoot fire from his hands. They are constantly running from Caine or one of his allies. They eventually meet a girl Lana, who is a healer, and discover that Little Pete has special abilities of his own. When they save a bunch of kids with power from Caine, who had them imprisoned with their hands cemented in blocks, the kids join their movement to take Caine down. The struggle escalates, and all their lives are at stake.

When I first read the summary for this book, I was extremely intrigued. This new world is almost like a parallel universe. Reading into Astrid and Sam trying to figure out where they were and what was happening to their world was very stimulating. There is a lot of exciting action in this novel, Gone was simply an amazing book; I don't think I can stress that fact enough, and I recommend it to everyone. This book is very thick, and I hope its length will not discourage anyone from reading this fantastic story.

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