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Plague by Michael Grant (review by Andrew R. ’17)

Plague (Gone, #4)Plague by Michael Grant
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

By the beginning of the fourth book of Michael Grant’s FAYZ series, the situation is grim: deadly epidemics sweep the population, young children resort to cannibalism to survive, an invincible sadistic demon prowls the streets, mutant insects lay eggs inside humans so their larvae can gnaw their way free upon birth…If this description of events makes this book sound over-the-top gruesome, that’s because it is. Grant forgoes any semblance of a plot in favor of graphic death after graphic death, introducing scores of characters whose sole purpose is to be eaten or burnt or flayed or stabbed, and he often undercuts the horror of his plot by going too far with his ideas. Sure, wasps with bulletproof carapaces that can gnaw through stone are scary enough, but making them the size of minivans and perching undead whip-wielding demons on their shoulders is such absurd overkill as to make them seem ridiculous, not frightening. I could go on about the story’s repetitiveness, its clichéd characters, its depressing love interest, or its awful attempts at humor, but I’ll have to be content with warning potential readers that the FAYZ takes a serious turn for the worse at this point in the series. – Andrew R. ’17

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Lies by Michael Grant (review by Kai A. ’17)

Lies (Gone, #3)Lies by Michael Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With Sam no longer in charge, and the Council debating but not acting, Zil and his Human Crew are allowed to grow more extreme in their efforts against the freaks, and Caine moves in as he becomes more desperate to survive. Worst of all, Drake has survived, and so has the Darkness; it lingers in some minds, spreading rumors. Grant overcomes the challenge of matching the dynamics of a FAYZ-like society and the mentality of children to the characters’ thoughts, hopes, and dreams, and he excels at creating a storyline that comes together in a beautiful, intense climax. However, he often fails to explain each event and motive sufficiently, instead he relying on cheesy, artificially emotional explanations and overly stereotyped characters that I’d expect from an amateur author. Also, I feel that he tries to create an atmosphere of foreboding, but the foreshadowing and the predictability of the characters all too often give away the best twists in the plot. Therefore, I recommend Lies only to those searching for quick-paced, dystopian action but not necessarily good writing or deep characters and compelling ideas. – Kai A. ‘17

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Hunger by Michael Grant (review by Catherine H. ’17)

Hunger (Gone, #2)Hunger by Michael Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Darkness is growing more restless, invading the minds of all who have come into contact with it, bending them to its will. It quickly grows in power after feeding and tries to escape the cave, hoping to fend off the residents of the FAYZ. Later, the inhabitants of the FAYZ rise and try to trap and destroy it before it becomes more dangerous. Michael Grant’s second book in the Gone series does not disappoint. One of my favorite dystopian/supernatural series, I recommend Hunger to anyone looking for a thrilling read.- Catherine H. ’17

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Gone by Michael Grant (review by Catherine H. ’17)

Gone (Gone, #1)Gone by Michael Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a dome-shaped force field surrounds Perdido Beach, California and every person over the age of fifteen disappears, the children begin to freak out. Sam Temple, the protagonist, is praised after pulling a young girl out of a flaming apartment. Strangely, the children begin discovering powers and mutations, thought to be the product of leftover radiation leak many years ago. Caine Soren from Coates Academy, a school for the delinquent children of wealthy families, uses his charisma to take charge. The two teenagers fight for power in what has been nicknamed the FAYZ, or Fallout Alley Youth Zone. In this thrilling book, a dystopian society emerges and the children must learn to survive until the age of fifteen when they vanish, poofing out of the FAYZ.. I found this book somewhat dark, yet very original and empowering. It is the first installment in the popular Gone series. – Catherine H. ‘17

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