GoneBook - 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 ... Read More »
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“It's not about who's got powers, morons. It's about who's not afraid. And who's going to do what has to be done.”
"We didn't make this world, we're just the Poor Fools who are living in it."
"Welcome to Perdido beach, where our motto is: Radiation, what radiation?"
"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."
"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?"
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
Violence: Um... Yeah. Kids fighting, guns, superpowers... :P It gets violent.
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!
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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
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!!
For some reason, everybody 15 or older dissapears. Kids rule the world. Disturbing, unnatural, and odd things happen.
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.