Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Freak Out: Giving You the Creepiest and the Freakiest

GONE Series by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. 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 and war is imminent.

It's been three months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. Food ran out weeks ago and starvation is imminent. Mean while, the normal teens have grown resentful of the kids with powers. And when an unthinkable tragedy occurs, chaos descends upon the town. There is no longer right and wrong. Each kid is out for himself and even the good ones turn murderous. But a larger probelm looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived burried deep in teh 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.

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 hte 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 may do "Freaky Friday's" once in awhile, when I've read an exceptionally freaky book. Like the GONE Series by Michael Grant. Doesn't it just sound freaky? I first read them looking forward to raging battles, hopeless dreams and a romance thrown in. But what I got was a never ending fight against people, nature and the FAYZ; a slight romance that never really shows up; and a battle for survival. And all the paranormal stuff like the powers? Yeah, Grant does a pretty good job of explaining them so well, you were gasping out loud at the end of a chapter.

Grant is an amazing author with plenty of details and creativity in his books. He wrote these stories marvelously, giving them a very creepy vibe and plot that will make you dying for more. And speaking of more, if you love these books and are freaking out at the end of Lies, I have news for you. Coming April, 2011, Plague, the fourth novel, comes out. And trust me, I was dying for Plague. I loved these books and I recommend them if you are in a scary book mood.

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