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Gone /

Gone /
Grant, Michael, 1954-
Copies: 4; Reserves: 0

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.
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Control No. 582683
LCCN 2007036734
ISBN 9780061448768 (trade bdg.)
ISBN 0061448761 (trade bdg.)
ISBN 9780061448775 (lib. bdg.)
ISBN 006144877X (lib. bdg.)
ISBN 9780061448782 (Harper Teen pbk.)
Author Grant Michael 1954
Title Gone / -- by Michael Grant.
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York : -- HarperTeen, -- 2008.
Physical Description 558 p. cm.
Summary 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.
Subject Supernatural Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Good and evil Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Young adult literature

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Annotation 1 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.

Annotation 2 When everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears from a California town, a battle erupts between the remaining residents and the students from a local school, as well as those who have "The Power" and those who do not.

Annotation 3

The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian, sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King.

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 birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

Michael Grant's Gone as been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.

Supports the Common Core State Standards


 reviews (5)

Booklist Reviews 2008 May #2
*Starred Review* It's a scenario that every kid has dreamed about: adults suddenly disappear, and kids have free reign. In this case, though, it's everyone 14 and older who disappears, and the harsh reality of such unreal circumstances isn't a joyride after all. A girl driving with her grandfather plunges into a horrific car wreck; gas burners left on ignite a home with a young child trapped inside; food and medical supplies dwindle; and malicious youths take over as the remaining children attempt to set up some form of workable society. Even stranger than the disappearance of much of humanity, though, are the bizarre, sometimes terrifying powers that some of the kids are developing, not to mention the rapidly mutating animals or the impenetrable wall 20 miles in diameter that encircles them. This intense, marvelously plotted, paced, and characterized story will immediately garner comparisons to Lord of the Flies, or even the long-playing world shifts of Stephen King, with just a dash of X-Men for good measure. A potent mix of action and thoughtfulness—centered around good and evil, courage and cowardice—renders this a tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless. Grant's novel is presumably the first in a series, and while many will want to scream when they find out the end is not the end, they'll be glad there's more in store. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
After all the adults vanish, kids under fourteen try to make do, taking care of themselves and the babies in a California town gone Lord of the Flies. The story's compelling setup is marred by some cardboard characters and clumsily incorporated elements. Still, many readers will be readily sucked into the dramas of this child-ruled survivalist society. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2008 June #1
Teens survive in a shifted world. Everyone in Perdido Beach over the age of 13 vanished one morning, leaving Sam and his friends to rebuild their community. Facing pressure from brutal prep-school interlopers, Sam hastens to uncover the mystery of the disappearances and gain control over his new powers—not-quite-laser beams that shoot from his hands and burn his enemies—all before his rapidly approaching 14th birthday. Seeking to blend David Lubar's Hidden Talents (1999) with Lord of the Flies, Grant's amalgamation of supernatural gifts and adult-free society instead leaves readers confused and unsatisfied. Weak characters and tepid action scenes create a sense of ennui that receives no respite from the convoluted plot and half-formed explanations. Sophisticated horror fans will recognize the mutated creatures and indescribable underground evil as a pale nod to Stephen King's Desperation (1996). Grant attempts to deal with too much, from autism to bulimia to divided families, and the thin writing is unable to sustain the weight of those issues. (Fantasy. 12 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

SLJ Reviews 2008 August

Gr 7 Up— "One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone." Just vanished—along with everyone else over the age of 13 in a 20-mile radius around Perdido Beach, CA. The children left behind find themselves battling hunger, fear, and one another in a novel strongly reminiscent of William Golding's Lord of the Flies . Things go from bad to worse when some of the children begin exhibiting strange powers, animals show signs of freakish mutations, and people disappear as soon as they turn 14. Though an excellent premise for a novel, Gone suffers from a couple of problems. First, it is just too long. After opening with a bang, the initial 200 or so pages limp along before the action begins to really pick up. Secondly, based on the themes of violence, death, and implied sexual intimidation, this is clearly written for an older teen audience who may not appreciate the fact that no one in the book is older than 13. In spite of its faults, Gone is a gripping and gritty read with enough creepy gruesomeness to satisfy readers who have a taste for the macabre. Give this one to the readers who aren't quite ready for Stephen King or Dean Koontz.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

[Page 120]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

VOYA Reviews 2008 April
It is all over in the blink of an eye. One moment there are adults, and the next everyone over fourteen is gone. Where did they go? Are they coming back? In a short time, the kids realize that they are on their own, and the situation devolves into chaos and fear. Things get worse when the juvenile delinquents from Coates Academy, led by the charismatic Caine, take over Perdido Beach. In addition to charm, Caine also has the power to move things with his mind-big things-but he is not the only one with "powers." Sam, a townie and Caine's biggest rival, can burn things with light that shoots from his hands. As they adjust to this new world, the freaks (kids with powers) and the normals begin to choose sides. A battle between good and evil looms, but the end of this book is not the end of the story If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this novel. It is difficult to say what element of the book is the most unnerving. Is it the original, unexplainable event that is continuing to cause animal and human mutation? Or is it that a few, inexperienced teens are forced into creating a new world order out of anarchy? Complex issues, from peer pressure to the science of nuclear power, are addressed with the teen audience in mind. The author is an old hand at creating long-running series books. This reader is excited to see where he will take her with this new series.-Stacey Hayman PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-144877-5. 5Q 4P M J Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.


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