Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. 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 fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
Review: I loved this book! First of all, I loved that it is definitely a dystopian type of book but it doesn't have that really heavy feel of the normal dystopian. Its more of a lighter dystopian and that made this book that much better for me. I mean don't get me wrong, I love my dystopians with more of a heavy feel but its nice to see a dystopian that doesn't feel as heavy as others. That being said, the lighter feel definitely made it a quick read for me. This book is close to 600 hundred pages but I read it in the span of one day. It was such an easy reading page turner. Now, I have a feeling the other books in this series will get more serious and heavy but for being the first book in this series I really liked that the book was easy to get into. I also really loved the mystery behind why everyone 15 or older just disappeared and the power plant seemed to be the center of it all.
Sam & Astrids group. So I am definitely on their side. They were always trying to do what was right, even when Caine and his group rolled into town and took over. It really pissed me off that everyone got all pissed off at Sam when he went off with Astrid to find her brother. He was trying to help his friend find her brother. Its not his fault everyone was looking up to him as the leader when he didnt want that role pushed onto him in the first place. I mean granted, he takes on the role at the end of the book but thats after a lot of extenuating circumstances. I couldnt believe what Astrid & Sams group had to go through. I mean seriously. It was obvious that Sams group wasnt the dangerous one even with those with the power in it. It just got on my last nerve that his group went through hell because of the power hungry group (Caine's group) saying they were so dangerous when in reality, it was Caines group that was the most dangerous. Ugh! I do love Sam & Astrid though. They really are a cute couple (not that their admitting it) and they really do work well together (both couple wise, and survival wise). I still cant believe that Little Petey (Astrid's Brother) was behind the FAYZ happening though! So didnt see that coming!
Caine's group. I didnt like them from the start, well except for Computer Jack. He was always a nice person and was seriously being taken advantage of by Caine and all his groupies. I hated how they just barged into town and took over. It was like, are you kidding me??? It jjust went downhill from there. I hated how they let Orc and Howard hurt whoever they wanted if they thought someone was doing something wrong. I also despised Drake with a burning passion. Drake was just downright sick in the head. All he wanted to do was hurt or kill people. I mean I dont exactly like Orc or Howard but they are nothing compared to the menace Drake is. I also disliked how Caine thought he could do as he pleased after taking over, including doing whatever he saw fit with those he found out had a power. I just disliked Caine and his group for so many reasons. But it was just the fact that they thought they were better than everyone because they went to the Coates Academy. Ugh!
I was so shocked again about what Little Petey did! And I was also shocked to find out that Caine and Sam are brothers, especially with how different they are. And the fact that Caine was so willing to kill his own brother! I mean seriously?!?!?! I must say. I was glad Sam was able to fight disappearing on his birthday, but I was disappointed that Caine was able to do the same thing. I also really want to know more about this Darkness and what it wants!