- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780061448782
Summary:In the blink of an eye.
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.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.
Review: Don't let the size of this book intimidate you into not reading it, although there are a lot of pages and it is a fairly big book, it is a quick and easy read. The font is rather large and the spacing is as well. Lots of the text is dialogue, and one worded dialogue at that. There were a few things I particularly liked about this book and a few that I did not like. I will start off with the things I did like. First, the book started right out. I didn't have to read 100 pages before the action got started, the adults vanished right away and that started off the chaos very quick, I don't like it when books take forever to get started, so this book made me happy in that regard. Another thing I liked were the characters, Sam, the main character is someone you would want to be around if something like this happened, he is just such a likable character and a great hero. The other characters are relatable and you know so much about each ones personality and like-ability without a drawn out description of each, it was just the way they all interacted in the book. You know straight off who you will like and who you won't. Now on to the things I didn't like. I'll start off with Quinn: a surfer dude, and Sam's best friend. Almost every sentence he spoke either ended or began with "Brah" it kind of drove me nuts. Next there is the fact that they are so young. The kids in the book are 14 and younger, I know this is a young adult book, but I don't think I've ever read one with them being so young, they're usually 16, 17, so it was kind of hard to get passed that. There was sort of an epic scene on a boat, and I wanted to get into it, but I couldn't because I didn't understand all the boat jargon. All in all it was an okay book, I'm not sure I'll continue on with the series, but it is a possibility.
3/5 stars. I liked it.