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Thursday, 12 June 2014

DISCUSSION REVIEW: Gone by Michael Grant BUDDY READ

Gone (Gone #1)
Behind 559 Pages
Released: 1 April 2014 (Special Edition)
Genre: Dystopian, Action, Thriller, Supernatural, Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Buy Me: Fishpond  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. GONE. Except for the young. Teens. Tweens. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no police, no doctors, no parents. 

Just as suddenly, no phones, no internet, no TV. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. 


Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing,developing new talents-unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers-that grow stronger by the day. 


It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fi ght isbrewing. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your fifteenth birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...


Author Bio:
Michael Grant was born in California. From there he's lived pretty much everywhere in the US, plus three years in France and most of a year in Italy and the Azores. He spent most of his life being a lazy screw-up before finally deciding to be a writer. Because his wife, (K.A. Applegate) told him he had to grow up and get a career.
Since then, Michael and his wife have written roughly 150 books. No, that's not a typo. 150. He started late, but then he worked extra hard to catch up. What can we say? He's kind of a slow starter. Maybe he's just not very bright, you know?
Find Michael
Website  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Twitter
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My rating: 

Welcome to the second part of our discussion review of Gone by Michael Grant!
View the first part of the discussion with Kelly at Diva Booknerd
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Gina: Exactly! I think that it creates the stereotypical private school - public school scene. The private school kids were stuck up and believed that they should be the leaders, only tolerating the public school kids, so that they believe them. It was stereotypical drama, but it was a great addition to this book. It made it a really clear line between who was good and who evil etc. Do you agree with this stereotypical grudge match, and is it effective in this book?
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kelly: Really cliche, but it worked. I agree completely, it provided a clear line between who was the heroes and who were villains. All except for Computer Jack. He was a strange one, he was too soft to be bad, and too gutless to be good. He DID surprised me in the end though. So overall, what did you think? Do you want to continue on with the series, and would you recommend it?
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Gina: Yes, he was a confusing one, but he knew his place with the "bad guys" because he already knew them and was afraid of them. I read the first chapter for Hunger at the back of Gone, wow, I don't think I can even stay away from this series. Definitely curious to find out what this darkness is and how everyone actually disappeared and where they go to. Yes, I would recommend this book, it's a great read. Do not be weakened by the size of this book! Haha. Do you agree? Did you read that chapter from Hunger?
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kelly: I couldn't read it. It's just too tempting to jump into the second book, then the third, fourth... If that was the case, I may not resurface for the next few weeks. I absolutely loved it. Apart from the questionable age and maturity level of the characters, it was pretty close to perfection. It held my interest, most of the main characters were well defined and distinguishable, there were no long passages of dull explanations or lulls in the storyline, it was a real pleasure to read. Five hundred pages flew by.
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Gina: Oh I get what you mean! Don't read it, it is utter torture. I came out of it like, OMG NO WAY! WTF! MUST. READ. NOW, then I tell myself "keep yourself together woman!"

I completely agree with you, if the ages were changed to suit it more, then it would definitely be a flawless book. It also doesn't have a massive cliffhanger, so it's good to leave the series be for now as well. Haha yeah, we only finished it in what, two sittings?

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kelly: Three for me. I was a bit daunted by the size of it too, but I absolutely loved it and read it within a few days. I'm so glad I didn't read the sneak peak of Hunger now until we start reading that one soon too. We are reading that soon aren't we? I have to know where this storyline is going, why everyone over fifteen vanished and why I have a feeling that this series is going to end up really intense as the characters start their own adult free community. So how did it rate on the Gina scale and why?
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Gina: haha how is that even a question! YES! We are reading it :) Ohhh, I can definitely see that coming. I bet there will be even more characters introduced. I rated it a 4.5, it was brilliant, and yes, the size was daunting for me too (it didn't fit in my bag, so I had to carry it everywhere). Despite the sheer size of this book, it was really cleverly done, especially in the way that there are so many characters introduced at the one time, yet we don't get confused. I didn't remember all their names (I'm bad with names anyway) to start with, but I clearly remembered the scenario that they were in. They were all doing something so different, and each character was different as well. I'm surprised, yet not as shocked as I would have liked to be with the whole Caine & Sam thing. Not sure why, but it just did. Other than that, and the age factor, there wasn't really much else that I could fault about the book. It got a tad boring at times, but then that was quickly erased. I though you were going to rate it a 4? What changed your mind?
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kelly: Just a few minor bits, like the ages and as you mentioned, also the surprise factor. Then I figured that compared to how well written it was and simply how much I enjoyed it, it all even's out to an almost perfect read.
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Gina: It does! I can't believe we've only just read it now! It definitely deserves all the hype it gets. Plus, I absolutely LOVE this new Aussie Special Edition cover, it looks even better in real life!
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Thanks for tuning in! Let us know what you think in the comments!

What's our next Buddy Read?
Hunger (Gone #2)
Released: 1 April 2014 (Special Edition)
Genre: Dystopian, Action, Thriller, Supernatural, Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Buy Me: Fishpond
At the Other End:
An uneasy calm has settled over Perdido Beach. But soon fear explodes into desperation as starvation sets in and the mob look to place blame. 

For the ‘normals' the buck must stop somewhere - with the 'freaks'. More and more kids are developing strange powers and, just as frightingly,  soare the animals in the FAYZ: talking coyotes, swimming bats and deadly worms with razor-sharp teeth are just the beginning. 


For Sam Temple the strain of leadership is beginning to show and he's got more that jus tdwindling rations and in-fighting to worry about. Caine is back with the psychotic whiphand, Drake,by his side. And in the background lies the greatest danger of all - and he needs to be fed.






This novel was received for review via Hardie Grant Egmont Australia. This review/discussion is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review/discussion or change my personal opinion of the novel.

10 comments:

  1. I seriously want to reread Hunger now. x) I LOVE GONE SO MUCH!!! *cheers wildly* It's one of my all-time favourite series and I adore the new covers too. Oh, but I agree with Quinn (although I think that was over on Kelly's side of the post, but lol, I forgot to say it over there). But Quinn because so ridiculously awesome. Trust me. ;) The size usually freaks me out, and I think there was a bit of dribble in there...like too many excess POVs? But I still can't rate it lower than 5. xD I'm so addicted!

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    1. YES! We should be starting it towards the start of July if you want to join in :) haha I've now got the whole series (in the pretty-pretty-always-stroking covers) and it all looks so daunting altogether! But I still can't wait to read them all and find out how it all goes

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  2. All these books are pretty damn scary when it comes to their sizes but you end up gobbling them up. Don't worry though, the maturity of these characters and some of those annoying tid bits smooth out as the series progresses. I still have to read book 6 though and I have heard he concluded the series pretty damn well.

    I am glad to see you two enjoyed this! :)

    Fantastic discussion ladies! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Ohhh, thanks for letting us know! Now I definitely can't wait to read the rest of the series :)

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  3. I should have buddy read with you guys, sounds like you had lots of fun! I love when books are daunting from their size but you devour it within a few days from the sheer addictiveness. This will be the first time reading the series for me too.

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    1. We are going to do Hunger soon if you want to join :) haha yes, this was definitely the case with this one. I couldn't even fit it in my bag, and had to carry it around everywhere. Ohh, It's going amazing, you should definitely pick it up

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  4. I really enjoyed Gone and I'm so glad you and Kelly did as well! Grant seriously has a way with creating such amazing characters doesn't he? I've been meaning to pick up Hunger, but I can't find the book size that matches the current one I have for Gone. Gotta keep searching!

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    1. I completely agree with you! Especially now after having read it. Damn. If you have the ISBN, then you can send an email to Kino or Dymocks and request it, they can order it in for you :) That's what I did for the Hardcover of Days of Blood and Starlight!

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  5. GIIIIIIIIIIIINA! We've so gotta pick our asses up and start Hunger. Who's with us? I'm so excited to continue on with the series. Got my Kindle copy and ready to go go goooooo!

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    1. YESS!!! If anyone wants to join us, just ask :) I've got my paperback and am ready to go too!! whoo, so excited!

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