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

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Book Review: Light (A Gone Novel) by Michael GrantLight by Michael Grant
Series: Gone #6
Published by HarperCollins on April 2nd 2013
Genres: Young Adult, General, Action & Adventure, Social Issues, Adolescence, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 576
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780061449185
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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

In the time since everyperson over the age of fourteen disap-peared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

“I suppose we’ll behave like a bunch of holier-than-thou hypocrites. Because the alternative is to look at ourselves in the mirror and know that we are capable of dark and terrible things.”

Light, the final novel in Michael Grant’s Gone series neatly wraps up all loose ends, had loads of actions, and left me feeling satisfied. At the end of Fear, the dome turned from black as night to completely clear. Now the parents the kids thought they briefly saw through the wall have been verified to be really there waiting for them on the other side. However, while this is a joyous occasion to some, it isn’t for everyone. The adults are asking questions the survivors are afraid to answer, like “Have you seen my child?” Not only that, but am’s mother saw him try to kill with his powers. They’ve prayed to be rescued, but now that it’s a real possibility, many wonder if they’re better off staying in the FAYZ.

Caine and Diana’s baby is born, and she’s annoying as hell! The Gaiphage used Diana’s baby to be reborn so it could escape the FAYZ, but now that it’s in human form, it’s more neurotic than ever. The villainy of the kids was always more interesting to me than the storyline with the Gaiaphage, so I wasn’t overly thrilled that the big battle would take place with it inhabiting a little girl. Yet, I really enjoyed the reactions of the other characters as they dealt with the creature. Grant really showed how the characters developed over the course of the series by juxtaposing their maturity with that of the Gaiaphage.

“Why are we doing this?” Caine asked him. “You know damned well why we’re doing this. Because it’s a fight. It may be THE fight. I may be the final fight. And what else are we good at, you and me? What are we going to do if we ever get out there anyway?”

My favorite development was between Caine and Sam, as well as between Caine and Diana. Many of the kids had created crimes while living in the FAYZ, but Caine and Sam probably have committed the biggest. Sure, most of Sam’s crimes were committed to save the lives of others, but that may not bode well now that people on the outside have seen what the kids with powers are capable of. Sam and Caine realized there was a chance they would die before they got saved, but they also knew they’d probably be imprisoned for their actions. No matter what, both have become men in the FAYZ, and would have to go back to being children once they get out. I loved how they resolved their relationship. It was very realistic given their history and their characterization.

Caine and Diana also fixed things between them. These two were always the Anti- Sam and Astrid of the FAYZ. Both of them had done very bad things, and weren’t the most kind to each other. Yet, it was obvious they cared deeply for one another. It was nice seeing them face their feelings. The other aspect of this novel I loved was how readers learn what happens to the various characters afterwards.

The one thing I didn’t like was the big battle between the Giaphage and Nemesis. For six novels this fight had been built up, and then… it ended in a few sentences. Boo! True, there’s a bigger fight in the novel between the kids and the creature, but it would’ve been cool if that was shortened a bit, since we got one of those battles in the previous book, and the “Big Battle” was… big. A lot of build up for nothing. However, the rest of the book was really good. So good, in fact, that it was almost perfect.

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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