It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.
Three months since all the adults disappeared.
Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers.
Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.
But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
In the sequel to 2008's Gone, things have only gotten worse for the kids trapped in the small area around Perdido Beach, Calif. After three months, they still have no contact with the outside world, more dangerous mutant animals are cropping up and food supplies are becoming perilously scarce. Even as Caine starts to recover from the confrontation with the town leader (and half-brother) Sam, the evil gaiaphage exerts its influence, manipulating Caine and others in a plan to gain more power. The ongoing divide between kids who have developed powers and ones who haven't also threatens to lead to violence. Grant throws everything at the children, from gory deaths every bit as nasty as in mainstream horror to sexual tension, eating disorders and drug use. The large cast of characters from a variety of racial and sexual backgrounds might be hard for some to keep track of, but readers looking for intense, nearly nonstop action and emotional drama will find lots to enjoy, even as the climactic ending sets up another sequel. Ages 12 up.
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The book hunger includes a overmixing quality of frustration, negativity, and unrealism. Almost anything you can possibly wonder of going wrong in a town run by children goes wrong. Mix in some superhero themes and you have quite the story.
Michael Grant has quite the habit of introducing a ton of characters in his story. To name a few, Orc, Howard, Orsay, Bug, Brittney, Mikey, Sam, Astrid, Duck, Hunter, Zil, Lisa, Mary, John, Cookie, Jack and about 25 more are characters that are featured in this story. All with their own little backgrounds to cover and remember. Which is fine to an extent but is tiring when superpowers are added and you are in a state of confusion when one starts drilling himself into the ground because you just forgot exactly what a character can do.
The story has almost an overwhelming abundance of death and pain. Grant portrays 14 year olds as machine gun wielding maniacs that are capable of wiping out mass groups of people. All while submitting to a supernatural being that grants a certain individual with a piercing whip on his arm. If the children were older, I could understand. But the unrealistic maniacal traits they are given is fantasy fuel.
The book is about 560 pages about everything getting worse with a climax of utter doom. The frustration of the characters continuing to be slaughtered and beaten down leads up to a sudden sad ending. But leads us to what is going to happen in the next 6 books.
Why four stars though? I actually enjoyed this book. The frustration of the characters is satisfying and exciting. It’s a book where you will not want to stop reading and will say “Just one more chapter.”
This is seriously the best series I've ever read in my life. You know how in the beginning of books it's really boring and it usually only gets good until the middle? Well I loved it from the start and Even before I started reading it. I am the number one fan of Michael Grant! Michael Grant, if you are reading this, keep on writing books! Continue the series! I want to keep on reading this for ever! Write a book about after the Fayz!
Love these books!
Buy it, you will not be disappointed!