Series: Gone, #3
Published by HarperCollins on May 4th 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Adolescence
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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. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.
As Perdido Beach burns, 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. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?
The kids in Michael Grant’s Gone series have been stranded inside the FAYZ for seven months, and the longer they go without adult supervision, the more off the rails things go. They’re almost out of food, the dead walk the earth, and Zil and his cronies are bringing their race war between the “normals” and the “freaks” to a dangerous head. Not only does Sam have to deal with this, but now he and Astrid’s relationship is beginning to deteriorate thanks to trauma and stress. Lies ups the ante as the dystopian society within the FAYZ takes a turn for the horrific and unseemly.
I enjoyed Lies much more than Hunger. I found it difficult to put down, even though I had to 🙁 Plus, it kind of creeped out. With food sources almost depleted, some of the kids resort to taking extreme measures to survive. Cannibalism beginning to emerge, and zombies roaming around, the situation for the kids becomes not just dire, but scary. I wasn’t sure what would happen from moment to moment. This made everything so suspenseful, and mysterious. Plus, the darker turn made me weary of what might be to come in later books.
Another thing I enjoyed about the novel was the new POVs. Readers meet some new characters, and see some of their old favs act in unexpected ways. While Zil and the Human Crew annoyed the hell out of me, I did love how the other characters dealt with the problems they created. It’s bad enough they’re starving, and dealing with unnatural creatures, but now the kids have to fear each other. I enjoyed the heroes fighting against other humans, because it was more relatable to me than when they fight the Darkness. Now that they’ve begun eating human flesh, I’m afraid to learn what the Plague will bring. Just when I thought this series couldn’t get any more horrific…