Series: Gone #4
Published by Harper Collins on April 5th 2011
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, General, Dystopian, Social Themes, Young Adult, Adolescence, Social Issues
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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?
Eight months since all the adults disappeared from Perdito Beach, the survivors discover a new horror. A plague has come to town, and is wiping out the kids in the way that hunger and lies have failed to do. In Author Michael Grant’s fourth installment of his best-selling Gone series Sam, Astrid, Caine, Diana, and the other survivors try to figure out how to combat this brand-new terror. Besides the plague, the flu has turned into a killer. The highly contagious illness is spreading through town at an alarming rate. If the plague doesn’t kill the survivors, than the flu definitely will.
Plague was arguably one of the scariest novels in the Gone series. Aside from a flu running through town causing people to cough their insides out, there was a plague of insects that take up residence in a person’s body, and then ate them from the inside out. I’m not someone who’s afraid of bugs, but I will admit this novel had me scratching, and squirming in my seat with each and every page. Grant’s description of the man-eating cockroaches was so gross is that it would turn my stomach at times. Aside from the plague of swarming insects and the flu, the survivors also had to battle the ever-present darkness as it plotted to be reborn.
The characterization in the novel was still strong. Sam and Astrid were dealing with all the problems with in the FAYZ, while also trying to fix their personal relationship. Now that they’re the elders in the FAYZ, they were dealing with problems that usually are dealt with by adults. Sam and Astrid weren’t the only ones with problems. Caine had to deal with his disintegrating relationship with Diana. Not only that, but his thirst for power left him unsatisfied on the island. Back in town, Quinn and Albert tried to run everything and keep everyone fed, but all of the problems with the new plague was just too much to handle.
Suspenseful, horrific, and action-packed Plague was probably one of my favorite books in the Gone series. Not only did the plot move along at a steady pace, but most of the main characters had a lot of well-used page time, and were given something to do that moved the plot forward. Aside from this, I found the novel hard to put down, and became excited for how the series would be resolved. After reading three books I have become very invested in these characters, and hated seeing them meet the horrific fates that some of them end up meeting. There’s only tw books left in this series, and if Plague taught me anything, it’s that no one is safe.