Previously, I have chatted about Young Adult novels: They are not just for kids. Originally, I started roaming the shelves looking for books for my nephew. Of course, I had to read them before I handed them over. I was shocked to find a number of series that had me absolutely hooked. Nowhere is that more apparent than with Michael Grant’s Gone series.
The sixth and final book in the series, Light, was released at the beginning of April. And like all the other books, I couldn’t put it down. Literally. I ignored the other things I had to do that day, unable to focus on anything but the story. I forced myself to get some work done, placing myself in a location far from the book. I lasted two hours. Then I sprinted back home and curled up on the couch. Again. It’s that kind of series.
For those unfamiliar with the series, let me give you a little back story. One morning, all of the people older than the age of fifteen, in a Californian town called Perdido Beach, disappear. Poof. All that are left are the kids, newborns through age fourteen. And an impermeable wall now surrounds the town. The kids have no idea what happened. Are they the only one left? Is there anyone on the other side of the wall? Are all the adults even alive?
Unsurprisingly, some of the kids try to take over and others are forced into hero roles. And then we add in the superpowers. I know, I know. It sounds weird. And you’re thinking, okay Lord of the Flies meets X-Men. Actually, you’re not too far off, except for losing the whole Xavier-morality part. Think Magneto alone. (Yes, yes, I know. My nerd is showing.) But, damn, the books are addictive!
Across the series, the kids face different trials. Namely: Hunger, Lies, Plague, and Fear, which coincidently are the names of books two through four. In the final installment, all the battles come full circle and the kids face the truth of the kind of people they are. And the kind of people they want to be. At the end, they know they are not children. They haven’t been since the adults disappeared.
So if you’re looking to get lost, try the Gone series. You won’t be disappointed. I sure wasn’t. 🙂