By Michael Grant
Gone – Book 5
Available April 2012
Have you read the first four books? Beware that there are spoilers, though I will attempt to keep them to a minimum. And be sure to check out the poll at the bottom of the review!
Night is falling in the FAYZ. Even though it’s been nearly a year since everyone over the age of fifteen disappeared, the sun has continued to shine on the kids of Perdido Beach. Now, though, the gaiaphage has blotted out the sun and plunged the FAYZ into perpetual gloom. Divided and dispirited, the survivors face their greatest enemy yet – the darkness of their own minds…
This Blonde’s Review:
It’s been a year since the youth of Peridido Beach were left on their own. They’ve learned to live with the powers some of them possess. They’ve learned to feed themselves and maintain order. They have learned to survive. They may have split into two groups, but they are surviving and thriving. Until the wall that has closed them in starts to go dark. Without light they can’t grow food. In the dark they can’t see the monsters that will be coming for them. There is much to fear in the dark when you live in the Fayz.
Fear gives us a chance for the kind of further character development I didn’t expect to see after the fast pace of the previous books. If you’ve read the first books in these series you have come to know many of our characters and you’ve formed opinions about them. We have characters we love and characters we love to hate. The dark brings out the insecurities and strengths they weren’t aware they possessed and we start to learn new things about them.
In the previous books in this series our characters have been in danger from each other and from outside sources at every turn. It’s a different kind of fear than what they feel with the internal struggle they face in this book. At first glance it may be hard to see why these fears bring out so much in our characters, but the slower pace gives them time to decide what kind of person they are instead of simply reacting. Panic and fear change us, when it slowly looms over us we are tested in ways split second survival doesn’t. I loved that Grant has given us this other side to explore as we watch Sam and the others try to manage.
Fear isn’t a slow book by any means, with all of the characters we are exploring and the dangers in each part of the Fayz we have plenty to watch out for. Michael Grant does such a great job with this story that juggling characters and the different threats they face is not at all confusing. The character voices are very distinct, you feel like you know these characters and can feel proud or offended when they act out of character. We become a part of this world and it is easy to see multiple threats happening across the Fayz at the same time without it feeling busy. He writes this story like this is a world we want to become immersed in while thankful for the safety of our own homes.
I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this book. With each book in this series I have found myself putting off dinner time and bedtime for the sake of finishing one more chapter or five. I am not usually a fan of series books that extend past four books, but with the Gone series I find myself eagerly anticipating the sixth book.
If you’ve read the first 4 books in this series then you will not be disappointed in Fear. I know you’re eagerly waiting for your copy and looking around for hints about what will happen in the next one. I have to warn you, it’ll make you crazy for the next book in this series. I’m already trying to figure out how to get my hands on an advance copy.
If you aren’t familiar with the Gone series you should look into getting a copy of Gone, the first book. If you enjoy reading about a world where kids suddenly find themselves alone, in danger, and developing powers they never believed possible then you’ll enjoy getting to know Sam, Caine, and the rest of the kids of Perdido Beach. This series is wonderful for readers who enjoy being drawn into a world where we expect to know many characters and situations. The Gone series is one I enjoy recommending to friends and Fear is a book that is the perfect addition to their story.
Be sure to enter my giveaway for Fear!
The giveaway is over on March 30, 2012 and the winner will be announced on the 31st!
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