In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. 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 and war is imminent. The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.
Wow. This book was incredibly intense, right from the beginning. As soon as the book starts a whole new world from what we are familiar with exists. I will try not to spoil too much. Everyone fifteen and older has disappeared, leaving many problems behind. There are cars crashed and left running, appliances in the houses left on, children left alone, animals are mutating, children with strange powers are emerging, what will happen when you turn fifteen, and no one is able to offer direction to the confused and scared children. The book is told mainly from the perspective of a boy named Sam Temple. However, throughout the book the perspective changes from several different characters. Sam is a fourteen and his fifteenth birthday is approaching. He is a natural-born leader but he never really wants to take on that responsibility. He also has a secret. Also, Sam has a crush on a girl named Astrid. Astrid is considered a genius by many and she bares the responsibility of her unique autistic 4-year-old brother named Little Pete. Sam’s best friend Quinn is very much a sidekick. He is too afraid to step up and do anything without guidance and he has a hard time dealing with his inner turmoil on doing what’s right. Another main character is Edilio. He is a hispanic boy and the newest kid. He contributes a lot and is always there for support. Lana is a girl who spends much of the book alone in the desert and struggling to survive. Several other kids such as Orc, Howard, and Panda are the local bullies and spend much of the time in the novel acting as bullies. In the town Perdido Beach where this all takes place there is a local power plant and an academy called Coates Academy. At Coates academy several interesting kids are there. Caine presents himself as charismatic, friendly, leader and as soon as he arrives in town he assumes control. He right hand man is Drake who is a menacing, violent boy and Caine’s other right had person is Diana who is extremely manipulative. All the kids at Coates have a certain uniqueness. There are many other characters in the book too much to name but I have listed the main ones to give you an idea. Some have power and other do not. The type of power vary. The whole book is about their struggle to survive, establish a way of life, and a struggle for control and power. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a long read at 558 pages but it is well worth it.
The next book in the series is Hunger, followed by Lies and than the rest are not out yet: Plague, Darkness, then Light.