Written by: Emily Duncan
The Ninth Grade Campus’ book club has started up and is already reading away. Each month, the members choose a new book to read and this month for their first novel, they chose Gone by Michael Grant. Gone is the first book in a six book series and starts off a riveting chain of events. It is a teen fiction book all about what happens when everyone fifteen and older disappears from a small seaside town, but that is only the half of it.
The series itself has a large amount of twists, ups, and downs and is overall like a roller coaster. Each book is the same way. The first one, Gone, is the beginning where the characters are stumbling around trying to figure out what is going on. So, compared to the other five books, it is actually less dramatic and less action packed.
Don’t get me wrong though. It is still a great book and a wonderful start to a series. The characters develop well for a first book and you grow an easy attachment to certain ones. Some characters you grow to despise, which is what every book should do. The plot is deep and twisted, leaving much to be discovered later on. The characters struggle but keep working together throughout the novel to find answers. The interactions and problems are thought out and flow naturally. The only thing necessary to make Gone one of the best novels is an amazing cliff-hanger for an ending, which it just so happens to have!
This author did a fine job creating this book and starting off the series, but Michael Grant does his job far too well. He kills characters mercilessly and laughs while having tea with Satan afterwards. (Yes,he is one of those authors). He drags the characters through the ringer and lets them come out stronger or weaker depending on the circumstances. He plans things out and makes them seem completely plausible even in fiction writing. Despite all the feels he gives his audience, he is a majorly good writer which is why Gone is the perfect beginning to an equally perfect series.
I highly recommend this book! It is well written by a great author and the rest of the series keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you need something to do or a new book to read, find this book and read it! You won’t regret it.