Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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?
I've had this book lying in my TBR pile for months now. I honestly think I rechecked it out from the Library like 3 times. I know, I'm terrible. :P But after seeing a review of Plague over at Icey Books I realized that gosh darn it I needed to get back to reading this series! And I'm so glad I did because the Gone series is amazing.
Michael Grant succeeds in yet again pulling me in AND freaking me out. Even more so then when I read Hunger. And that book was FREAKY. Lies is not a book for the easily squeamish. It's raw and gritty and very psychologically dark. Some of the things characters did in this book... Well it was shocking to say the least. This is definitely the darkest of the three Gone books I've read so far.
I love that even though there is a huge cast of characters in Lies, each of them is still distinct and unique. Oftentimes if a book has a lot of characters I'll get them confused but that never happened while I was reading Lies. Because there are so many characters its hard for me to pick a favorite, but I have to say that I really liked Astrid. Her character development was really well done.
Everytime I read one of the books in this series I always think "These books should totally be turned into a TV Series!" The writing in Lies is so descriptive and engaging that I can't help but imagine that it IS a TV Series while I'm reading. Anyone want to join me in pitching this story to the entertainment masses? Haha.
Overall Lies is a fantastic book. Its intense, fast-paced, and the characters rock. Definitely just as good, if not better than the previous two books in the series! I give Lies 5 out of 5 ice cream cones.
Now I'm dying to read Plague! I can't even imagine what kinds of things Michael Grant is gonna throw at me in that book.