publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
published 2013 (first published 2008)
In the blink of an eye.
Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
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 and war is imminent.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, Gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.
In (Very) Short:
+ fast paced, thrilling, exiting
+ the reader is not released even after the book finished
+ a broad variety of characters from all ages and different personalities
+ a shocking but true reflection of society
– personally could not pinpoint the genre of this book
– sometimes a bit to violent for my taste
Imagine your life changes with the blink of an eye. All of a sudden the life that you knew is gone. What would you do? How would you react?
Sam and his friends are confronted with that exact same situation. With the blink of an eye everyone above 15 is gone. As all remaining kids have to figure out what to do and how to survive, some have to deal with growing supernatural powers.
As bullies start to reign everyone has to choose a side and it appears that war is imminent.
Gone is a fast paced supernatural thriller. As a reader it was hard for me to catch my breath. I had to put the book down in order to do so. The narrative is dense and action packed. Sometimes it contains so much information and asks so many questions that the story is overwhelming.
It seems that the story wanted to tackle a lot of the questions and themes at once. The reason why this happened and what exactly happened being the primary ones. Are aliens responsible, a freak of nature, a nuclear explosion?
Although many theories are explained for non physicists to understand, the supernatural element and the “other” is a dooming presence. With this book being the first in a series of novels many options and narrative elements are left open for further novels to deal with.
The story mostly follows the characters Sam and Caine with occasional intervals of minor characters, possible to introduce them for further installments. The characters cover a range of age and personality and thus offer several ways for the reader to identify with.
It is the survival of the fittest and only the strongest and meanest rule this new society. Some of the violent acts that ensue may be to brutal and violent for the younger reader – they were for me. I am aware that in the end people would turn to beasts to survive, but some of the actions committed by 14 year olds are just disgusting and maybe not that appropriate for younger readers.
Gone is a thrilling ride and an action packed mystery with a diverse range of loveable and not loveable characters. I am curious to learn what happened and how the supernatural element fits into all this. I will sure pick up the next installment Hunger.