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Thursday, September 24, 2009


Michael Grant

Published 2008

576 Pages

Rating: A-

In the blink of an eye.

Everyone disappears.


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.

(taken from back of book)

I wanted to read this book right after I read Marisa’s review on this book. (You can read her review here). It sounded so interesting and something that I would really enjoy reading. I loved the idea of having every adult disappear and have no explanation for that whatsoever. It was very intriguing.

I really like the start of the book, it makes everything fall into place perfectly and I after reading the first chapter, I never wanted to stop. Sam Temple is sitting in class, and poof! his teacher disappears, but not just his teacher, everyone’s teacher. And every adult. Anyone over fifteen. Once this happens, it seems that the whole town of Perdido Beach is in chaos. Kids are breaking into things. Babies are being left uncared for, and nobody has any way to explain what happened.

Immediately Sam, his best friend Quinn, and Sam’s secret crush, Astrid, set off to find the source of the mysterious disappearance of adults. As the day turns into night, people start to realize that the adults aren’t coming back, at least not for right now. And when kids from Coats Academy, a private school for kids that are more troublesome, come to Perdido Beach and try to make an agreement with Sam and his friends, they bring even more misfortune. Animals are mutating. Kids are getting strange powers. And a war between the Perdido kids and the Coats kids is on the brink. The book has a timeline of about two weeks, and soon.. Sam turns 15, and he’ll go poof!

I didn’t want to delve much more into this book review since Marisa has already reviewed it and she did a great job explaining how the book is, but I just wanted to get my 2 cents in. Basically, go out and read this book. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.


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