The main reason I ended up stumbling over this series was because I got attracted to the blue cover of the third book in this series ‘Lies’. Of course at the time I didn’t realize it was a series, hence I ended up with the third book in the middle of a series just because…I wanted the pretty book on my shelf? Hence I searched online for cheap bargains online and on Christmas Day my mother surprised me with cheap (99p) copies of the first and second book. Now, I take book youtubers really seriously and so I checked a few up before delving into it myself and I found that I was unimpressed by the reviews it was getting. Most of them said it was a good concept but the way it was written..(much like the Maze runner huh guys?) So I had very very VERY low expectations for this book, which is probably why I ended up adoring it. Maybe I should do this more often. If you go into a book with low expectations, when it isn’t really that bad, you end up being pleasently surprised in the end!
I haven’t had a chance to read that much lately due to personal issues, A levels and university interviews etc. So it took me AGES to read this and even longer to write up this review.
To all you who are interested in possibly reading it here is the blurb from good old GoodReads:
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…
This book really reminded me of that movie where those kids end up stranded on an island and then they split into two different groups and are fighting to survive..just trying to remember the name of it..oh yeah! Lord of the Flies (such a great movie but the ending is a tearjerker)
Anyways as normal, if you don’t want spoilers then don’t read on from here, just go pick up the book and then come back and we can discuss ^^
Now to attempt to pin point every single event that took place in this book would take ages. This book has so many different layers under it and it’s so messed up. I’m telling you the honest truth. It’s really screwed up. I mean if you read it with the idea that all these kids are 14 + 364 days and under then you’ll see the wars and fighting as a little bit barbaric. I mean they are literally killing and hurting each other and it just…it freaked me out guys.
Caine is so screwed up and Drake…don’t get me started on Drake…
I mean looking at the book from a psychological perspective…the concept of a world without adults and that nurture and sense of control that we gain from the government…is fascinating. There is that group of people that are automatically going to attempt to take control and the other group that want someone to follow. I loved Lana, Sam, Edilio, Albert, Little Pete…strongly disliked Quinn because he’s a two-faced nitwit.
I don’t know how else I can describe this book because unless you’ve read it…you don’t understand how jumbled up my head feel like at the moment. I really just want to read the next one but I’m also unsure as to whether I’m going to like it since I ended up tearing up half the time and throwing it to the other side of my room multiple times.
Plot: 8 points
Characters: 8 points
Originality: 9 points
Language/Style: 7 points
So overall I give this book 32 points out of 40, which is AMAZING in my opinion. I don’t see how Michael Grant is going to stretch this series over a period of 6 books though…but I mean there are miracles in this world…let’s hope this will be one of them. Let’s also hope the other 2 are good…otherwise I may just lose interest in them…