Book Review: Fear (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

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Book Review: Fear (A Gone Novel) by Michael GrantFear by Michael Grant
Series: Gone #5
Published by Harper Collins on April 3rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, General, Dystopian, Social Themes, Young Adult, Adolescence, Social Issues
Pages: 544
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780062099242
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

It's been one year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

Despite the hunger, despite the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.

Within the FAYZ, life breaks down while the Darkness takes over—turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. A will to survive and a desire to take care of those they love endure in this ravaged band, even in the bleakest moments. But in darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. After so many months, is all about to be lost in the FAYZ?

“In the land of the blind, a one-eyed man is king.”

Fear picks up four months after Plague. Sam, Edilio, Dekka, and others are living out at the lake while Caine and Albert rule Perdido Beach. It’s been an entire year since all of the adults disappeared, and the survivors are trying to move on from the horrific events of the last novel. Meanwhile, Astrid is living alone in the woods trying to repent for what she did, and Diana wrestles with the terrible feeling that her baby isn’t quite normal.

The main problem the survivors faced in this novel was the darkening of the dome they live in. Somehow, the Gaiaphage is turning the dome back, taking out all of the light in their world. Without light, the survivors won’t be able to fish or farm, and will begin to starve. Not only do the kids have to worry about this new development, but Diana’s pregnancy was developing at a fast rate, and Penny has become even crazier. I love watching the survivors juggle problems beyond their control with those they can solve. I think it ups the stakes, and causes them to make rash choices with often disastrous consequences.

“The light of day showed you the limits of possibility. But walk through the dark, the absolute, total darkness, and the possibilities were limitless.”

While I wasn’t happy with the teen storyline, I did like how Grant handled it. Instead of a fairytale, Grant brought a lot of reality to the situation. This was something he did with all of the characters. Astrid grappled with her faith in light of what she did in Plague, Edilio had his own situation that he felt he couldn’t tell Sam about, Caine also dealt with many of his shortcomings. Not only did the main characters get more character development, but so did the secondary characters. I think this is why this novel felt slower to me than Plague. There was less action, and instead the story was focused more on the characters. This kept up the tension, and I felt as if Grant was building up the characters more so readers would care more about them before they possibly died. Considering how many characters bit it in the last book, it felt very possible that the main characters might not make it to the end. The character I thought was the most improved was Edilio. He was always one of my favorites, and I felt as if he stepped out from Sam’s shadow in this book.

“There’s a lot you don’t know, Sam. There’s a lot I don’t tell you. I know who I am. I know what I do, and what I am to this place.I know what I am to you, and how much you depend on me.You may be the symbol, and you may be the one everyone turns to when something goes bad, and you’re the big badass, but I’m the guy doing the day-in, day-out work of running things. So I don’t make this about me.”

This wasn’t my favorite in the series, because it seemed to drag a lot more. Especially after finishing Plague. However, I did enjoy the character development, and how it set up the plot for the final novel. For fans of this series, I think Fear is very well-written, and thought-provoking. Though there isn’t as much action, you really get the chance to see how much the characters have grown since the first novel, and begin to wonder what their life could be like once they got out the FAYZ.

About Michael Grant

I’m the co-author or author of about 160 books, including the ANIMORPHS series, the GONE series, the BZRK series, the MAGNIFICENT 12 series (Mommy, make him stop saying series!), the MESSENGER OF FEAR series, and soon (well, eventually) the SOLDIER GIRL series.


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