Quick Book Review: Gone: Fear by Michael Grant
March 26, 2013 2 Comments
Number of pages: 416 (my Dutch copy)
First published: 2012 (this Dutch edition, 2012, Gone: Angst)
Genre: science fiction, YA
I got this book: from the library
Extra: Also see my reviews of Book 3 (in English) and Book 4 (in Dutch)
This is the fifth book in the Gone series, a series about a large group of children who are locked inside a very large dome, spanning many miles. They cannot get out and food and water are running low. There are opposing factions that all want to control or sabotage the town they live in. There is also a dark force that is calling some of the children to work for it.
Some children have special powers, such as being very strong, able to make light, running very fast, etc. They use these powers in their struggle to survive but also against each other.
In this fifth book, for the first time, there is a storyline about the outside world. The government are planning some actions that will be dangerous if not lethal to the children inside the dome. Also, the dome walls are changing. But does that mean it will collapse eventually so the children will be free again?
I liked the fact that “the outside” was now included in the book. So far, we had no idea what was going on outside and what they knew of the situation within the dome. I thought this book was a little better than the 3rd and 4th book, which seemed like fillers to keep the story going. In this fifth book the story was moved forward a lot. The ending was satisfactory if a little open.
In the books, many children are followed and this makes for abrupt reading, as the reader moves from one situation to the next. It’s a fun series for teenagers but except for the main idea, a little repetitive (there is a threat in each book that is fought and overwon).