Gone

Gone

eBook - 2009
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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: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, ©2009
ISBN: 9780061909634
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 11, 2021

Out of nowhere, everyone in Perdido Beach above the age of fourteen suddenly disappeared; gone. The protagonist, Sam Temple, is left to survive, along with everyone else under fourteen. But the longer things go on, the more things and people in Perdido Beach start to change. This book was recommended to me by a friend, and while I was somewhat reluctant to read it, I was glad I did. Although it’s a bit of a lengthy read, it is worth your time, especially if you’re into sci-fi and survival stories. I liked that the book seemed to take ideas and concepts from other books and mix them all into one. By the time I reached the climax, I was invested and wanted to see the conclusion, as all climaxes should accomplish. But before the climax, the story was a bit slow paced, and the characters were not explained a lot, so you had to figure out their personality throughout the story. But what it lacked in character introduction was made up for in the plot, as it reminded me of Lord of the Flies, and a bit of X-men. Overall a good book, I would recommend it for teens and pre-teens into sci-fi, as it gets a bit dark at times. 4.5 stars
@InboundMink of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Gone follows Sam Temple a fourteen-year-old outsider at Peradido Beach elementary school. Sam only has one real friend, Quinn Gaither. This is because his main objective at school is to blend in and avoid bringing attention to himself. However, he hasn’t always succeeded in keeping a low profile. For example, in the seventh grade, a bus driver has a heart attack driving a bus full of school children and Sam calmly steers the bus to the side of the road. This is how he got the nickname, “School-bus Sam.” One day Sam is in his third-period history class daydreaming and suddenly his teacher disappears. Gone. No poof, no flash of light, just gone. Everyone over the age of 15, gone. This is the new world of Peradido Beach.
I loved this book! It truly was a page-turner. The book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. I don’t quite know why. Its theme is similar to Lord of the flies. Taking a deep look at the nature of how people behave without the rules and the regulations of society. It brings out the best in some characters and the worst in others. For me, this psychological aspect was interesting, as I believe it is for anyone who decides to read it. Moreover, the author writes about the characters in a surprisingly nuanced way. Meaning the characters aren’t being used to create artificial conflict to advance the plot. You come to know the characters, and all of them have their own motivations and their own desires. Which can make them do something despicable, or admirable, but in the end, you understand why they behave the way they do. For that reason, it truly immerses one into the story, and you become very attached to the characters. In conclusion, it’s a great read that you won’t be able to put down.
@Boggythebog of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

LCPL_Ryan Dec 18, 2020

A contemporary Lord of the Flies, with more intrigue (and superpowers). It's every bit as engaging as a book with such a premise ought to be.

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DOITLIKEAPRO
Sep 26, 2020

Very good book but dark and violent, don't let young kids read this book

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green_wolf_771
Nov 23, 2019

Awesome book, one of my favorites, but if you think about it the book is vaguely similar to the Simpson’s movie. Just a thought.

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CoralJohnson
Jul 29, 2019

I loved this book. It was thrilling and captavating. It's one of those books that is hard to put down. I would stay up late reading. After the third book though I felt like I was getting bored. I really recommend the first book.

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colinmartinchan
Jul 14, 2019

I just finished all the books and THEY ARE AMAZING

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Dopey_Dovewing
Dec 02, 2018

This book is AMAZING! I can hardly put it down! Last night I stayed up until 11 reading.

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Tumby_Corn
Jul 16, 2018

Gone is an epic YA genre mashup that will definitely make you not want to put the book down until you finish it. To some, 558 pages sounds like a lot, but once you dive into the storyline, it goes by so fast. It's intense from start to finish. If you prefer novels with multiple POVs, your wish is granted. After all, almost every character has their say as to what's going on in the FAYZ. You will read about characters you'll love (Astrid and Jack are two of my favorites) and love to hate (Drake and Caine are the best examples of this, in my opinion). Gone really makes you wonder what would happen if you were stuck in a place like the FAYZ, and how kids would be able to survive. It also makes you think about how far you would go to obtain power, considering what it can turn you into. However, if you're not used to reading books with a LOT of characters to keep up with, then maybe you should wait a little before reading it, even though I, myself, was fine. Overall, Gone is a book you definitely won't forget about, and will make you want to continue reading the rest of the series.

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Georgia_walsh
Mar 13, 2018

Gone, Michael Grant’s first of 6 books in the gone series, is an interesting and well written book. It’s a sci-fi sort of horror thriller that’s packed full of action and emotion. For the most part the story is following a 14 year old boy called Sam and his old and new friends as they work to figure out what caused a wall to appear around the town. Along the way, new relationships start up as others end. People learn more about themselves and each other more than they ever thought they would. When the town gets taken over by a group of outsiders the children of Perdidio beach have to decide who and what they are fighting for.

My favourite character in the book is a 14 year old girl named Astrid. She’s an extremely intelligent, kind and caring, good looking girl. When the FAYZ hits she is burdened with the task of caring for her younger brother, Little Pete, who has severe autism. Throughout the book she grows as a person and becomes more and more important to the story line.

A not so favourable character in the book for me was Quinn, Sam’s best (and possibly only) friend. The storyline is dramatically different because he wimps out all the time. People were endangered because of him and possibly died because he wasn’t able to be brave.

A highlight in the story would have to be when Sam finally is able to take control of his powers and use them when he needs to. They’re able to defend themselves against a number of people and animals and get out of tricky situations.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction and a little bit of romance and gruesomeness. It’s a great book to read in the holidays as all the action sucks you in and you won’t want to put it down. I can’t wait to read the next 5 books in the series, 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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Algae_EJSC
Feb 01, 2018

great series but in the plague and onwards some things more for young adults rather than kids.

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corrieclutchey
Apr 15, 2021

corrieclutchey thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bell5133
Apr 12, 2021

bell5133 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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DOITLIKEAPRO
Sep 26, 2020

DOITLIKEAPRO thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Dopey_Dovewing
Feb 09, 2020

Dopey_Dovewing thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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judewong
Jun 11, 2019

judewong thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Algae_EJSC
Feb 01, 2018

Algae_EJSC thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

red_bee_584 Jan 30, 2018

red_bee_584 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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GreyVienna25
Jan 25, 2018

GreyVienna25 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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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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

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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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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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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NovelQueen
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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bell5133
Apr 12, 2021

Drake: “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” (392).

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bell5133
Apr 12, 2021

Astrid quoting Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (50).

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Tumby_Corn
Jul 16, 2018

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
-Astrid

Halfbloodprincess Jun 16, 2013

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

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NovelQueen
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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NovelQueen
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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