Michael Grant's Gone is, I guess you would call it, a supernatural dystopia novel which had me completely hooked on the very first sentence.
One minute Sam Temple is at school in Perdido Beach, the next minute his teacher disappears. As it happens, it appears that every child and adult over the age of 15 has also disappeared along with the use of the internet, phone lines and televisions. These kids are left to fend for themselves in a world without adults or a way of communicating with anyone outside the strange border that, since the phenomenon, has been erected around the town. Alongside this strange happening, some of the children seem to have found a supernatural power within themselves which will be the life of death of them, and they will have to form bonds between each other or risk losing it all as a fight for power is at stake.
Grant's novel is a fast paced, action packed, whirlwind of a book that had me gripped through every page. Although there are a lot of characters in this book I didn't find it hard to keep up with all of them and I thought he made every single one of them relatable, natural and for some of them you even felt sympathy for - the way he delved into the back story of almost half of the characters in the book as well as maintaining a fast paced storyline was in my opinion incredible and he deserves a ton of credit for that alone. Every single person in the FAYZ, as they liked to call the area, reacted in a different way to the situation they were put in and that's what made the setting feel so lifelike. You had children that were scared, ones that wanted to protect other and the younger ones, ones that wanted to take over and ones that didn't quote know how to feel to name a few.
The twists and turns in this book I felt were not predictable at all and as I was turning the pages I was shocked as to where the story was taking me next and wondered what the future held for these children but the ending however seemed to be a little bit of a let down as it seemed to fade slightly, but not enough for me to give it anything but a five star review.
This book is a modern day Lord of the Flies with a paranormal twist which will have you wanting more and I'm definitely looking forward to purchasing the next book in the series.