Book Review: Plague



*This book is part of my Dystopia Book Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

It’s been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. They’ve survived hunger. They’ve survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building in Plague, Michael Grant’s fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series.

A highly contagious fatal illness is spreading at an alarming rate, while sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they’ll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Just when I think these books can’t get any crazier or darker they do. After reading this and then Insurgent I had to take a break from dystopias. Too depressing.

Even so, I did enjoy this book. It brought me down because it was so nerve racking and crazy but it was overall well written.

In the fourth installment of the Gone series the FAYZ kids are struggling to keep it together. Between the Brittney/Drake monster breaking loose, a plague hitting kids left and right that Lana can’t heal, and new bugs that are very difficult to kill these kids are being attacked on all sides.

In Lies  Sam lost it but this time it was Astrid who completely crumbles and with good reason. She has a lot on her plate. Even after walking away from the council people still look at her as the Genius. Also, her boyfriend really wants to have sex but it goes against her morals. And she has to take care of her autistic brother who has these crazy powers and is also getting sick. Of course, she’s going to be stressed.

This book really broke my heart and I felt for these kids. I wanted to just reach into the book and save them. Plus sometimes they would genuinely have happy moments and then everything would just come crashing back down again and they’d be crushed and then I was crushed. I was on an emotional roller coaster throughout the whole novel.

Despite it’s gloomy parts this book still had the comic and loving moments that have been in all the other novels and that’s what made this book enjoyable for me. Even with all the bad these kids were going through they still found it in themselves to laugh, have fun, and love.

So far this was the darkest book in the series and I can’t even begin to imagine what’s going to happen next or how this is all going to end. I just hope my favorites (Astrid, Sam, Dekka, and Diana) make it all the way to the end of the FAYZ. If it does end that is.

Favorite Line: 

“Yeah. A feeling. Like the whole point of my life from the alleys in Bangkok to the yachts and private island to coming here like a crazy person trying to fly a helicopter like all of it from birth to here point A to point Z was all some big cosmic trick to get me to meet you.”

Stars: 3 out of 5. This book was a little too dark for my taste. It was greatly written but I need to read something a little more up lifting.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I didn’t love this one as much as I’ve loved some of the others.

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Book Review: Lies


*This book is part of my Dystopia Book Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. It happens in one night: a girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead—or so they thought.

Perdido Beach burns and battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ, but are the kids of Perdido Beach desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Lies is book three in Michael Grant’s Gone series and it seems these books get progressively darker as we go forward. I enjoyed this book but I also have a few issues with it but let’s start with the good stuff.

I actually liked how dark this book was. Grant doesn’t hold back in the realism of a world with no adults and a lot of chaos. I especially liked that we got to see some character changes and development. Astrid, for one, breaks through her “Astrid the Genius” mold completely in this novel. As head of the council she has all these ideas on how to make Perdido Beach better but is forced to face the fact that some things are out of her control.

Sam, although he did disappoint me at some points, also went through some questions in his character. So far in the series Sam has always been the hero. Even in book two when (*spoiler alert if you haven’t read Hunger*) he kind of loses it and gets beat by Drake, at the end of the day he’s still kind of the hero. He figured out how to take out The Darkness and used his wit (with Duck’s help) to do so.

In Lies Sam really starts to crumble apart and so does Astrid and it really forces them to look at their relationship. One question I think they really need to consider is if the FAYZ ended would they remain together or are they just clinging to each other because the FAYZ sucks and they want to hold onto something good? Who knows? Either way their relationship was seriously tested in this novel.

Now here’s my issues with the book. There will be spoilers so beware. As much as I liked this book the truth of the matter is there were some things in the plot that just didn’t really make sense:

  1. How did no one realize there was an island with a huge mansion and a yacht with a helicopter on it for seven months. Quinn and his fishing crew never saw it? Or in book one when Sam and co. hopped in a boat to the power plant, no one noticed it? Also how did the people on the island not see these people when they were out in the water? Maybe they did but it was never mentioned so I can’t be sure.
  2. The whole half Brittney, half Drake monster makes no sense to me. Lana has the ability to heal and she did give Drake his whip arm but how did The Darkness combine Lana’s healing with Brittney’s immortality. Their bodies weren’t anywhere near each other when they died. Brittney was buried in the plaza and Drake was buried deep in the mine shaft with Caine’s tornado. How did they merge together? It just doesn’t make sense. Of course nothing in this novel is at all plausible but still that’s a big stretch.
  3. The extent of Pete’s powers is getting out of hand. I understand that’s part of the mystery and it does add something to the series that makes it extra interesting but I’m beginning to think Pete can do anything. He can make things/people disappear. He can create things/people. He created the FAYZ. He was able to somehow show Astrid what was happening in some illusion. He can teleport himself and his sister. And he’s The Darkness’ biggest opponent. It feels like with each book Grant makes Pete more and more powerful and although it adds to the story it’s stretching. Everyone else’s powers are focused on one thing (Sam with his laser beam hands, Caine can move things with his mind, Brianna is fast, etc.). Pete has various different powers. Again maybe that’s Grant’s point and we’ll learn more about why Pete’s so different later but at points it feels like Grant is just adding to Pete’s powers to try and make sure the storyline makes sense.

Overall, I did enjoy the book a lot. A lot went down and it was crazy to see just how … well, crazy everything is getting in the FAYZ. Everyone in Perdido Beach is kind of losing it and truthfully I’m wondering how long they’ll all be able to survive like this. Definitely a good read and worth checking out.

Favorite Line: 

Yeah, Sam, you’re still necessary. You’re like a god to us mere mortals. We can’t live without you. Later we’re going to build you a temple. Satisfied?

Stars: 4 out of 5. As much as I enjoyed this book I couldn’t ignore the fact that some things just didn’t make sense.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is the first book in the series that I bought and I don’t regret it. If I had more money I’d probably buy the whole series.

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Book Review: Hunger


*This book is part of my Dystopia Book Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

It’s been three months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. Food ran out weeks ago and starvation is imminent. Meanwhile, the normal teens have grown resentful of the kids with powers. And when an unthinkable tragedy occurs, chaos descends upon the town. There is no longer right and wrong. Each kid is out for himself and even the good ones turn murderous. But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

This is the second novel in Michael Grant’s Gone series and Hunger is just as good, if not better than the first novel.

As the FAYZ continues kids start to go hungry, The Darkness looms ever closer, and there is war between the freaks and the normals brewing. Sam is beginning to crack under the pressure of being in charge and everyone’s kind of losing it. The FAYZ quickly turns dangerous and it’s every boy or girl for themselves.

Gone set the framework for the series but Hunger shows the real consequences of a world where there’s no adults and kids with superpowers. It’s not all fun and games. Of course kids left to do what they want were not planning for the future and only ate junk food and candy rather than preserving the meats and veggies. Meanwhile everyone’s looking for someone to take charge making it easy for the wrong people to gain a following.

It’s a free for all in the FAYZ and lives are taken but what’s worse than what the kids can do to each other is what The Darkness wants to do to them all. I won’t spoil it but it’s crazy how manipulative this antagonist is and what’s worse is everyone’s so busy dealing with the immediate problems n Perdido Beach no one’s really thinking about the bigger danger.

I loved this book and thought it was a great continuation. Grant is very real about this world he’s created. He doesn’t sugar coat things which makes for a very dark novel. However he also provides us with some comic relief and of course the romance between Astrid and Sam is very cute.

This book was very dark and scary but definitely a good read.

Favorite Line: 

Superpowers don’t always make you a superhero.

Stars: 5 out of 5. I’m obsessed with this series right now.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This book gets really intense and crazy. You’ll definitely want to reread.

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Book Review: Gone



*This book is part of my Dystopia Book Challenge*

I heard of this series a while back and remember not really being all that interested. Everyone above the age of 15 disappears. What could happen with kids 14 and younger? Well, apparently a lot. I’m already on book three of this series.

Gone is the first in this crazy sci-fi/dystopia series by Michael Grant. As stated one day everyone ages 15 and up disappears. Just like that. Poof. Very similar to HBO’s new show, The Leftovers. Although I don’t how it works on that show but in this series things are very strange. For example kids develop (or already had) powers, there’s a “Darkness” lurking around, and there’s a barrier around the town preventing anyone from leaving. Also the phone lines don’t work so they can’t call anyone either. They’re essentially trapped.

The novel follows various characters as they deal with what becomes known as the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) but the main protagonist is Sam. “SchoolBus Sam” (as he’s known by many of his classmates because of his heroic actions on a bus after the driver had a heart attack) doesn’t really want any kind of power in the FAYZ and just wants everyone to leave him alone. Unfortunately for Sam he’s a natural born leader and everyone begins looking to him for guidance that truthfully as a 14 year old kid he can’t really give. Plus, Sam’s got his own stuff to worry about as he get’s closer to his 15th birthday also known as the poof point. Oh dear.

I really liked this novel, way more than I thought I would. I liked Sam as a character and felt for him. I also really liked Astrid, Sam’s crush, who’s a cute brainiac that is thrown by the FAYZ. I either loved or loved to hate almost every character in this book which was great. Also, I liked that the book was in third person because we got to see so many different things happen at once. This made things especially interesting when everyone’s stories all come together. It was as if while the characters attempted to figure out the mystery of the FAYZ so was I. It was frustrating and exhilarating.

This book has romance, drama, mystery, adventure, and plot twists to throw you for a serious loop. Definitely a good one to check out.

Favorite Line:

We didn’t make this world we’re just the poor fools who are living in it.

Stars: 5 out of 5. I really enjoyed this book and I’m hooked on this series.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! I’m already wishing I still had it in my possession because I’m only on book three and there’s things I need to remember happened in book one. And there’s a lot of books in this series so it’s sure to get confusing.

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