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I had seen the first in this series, Gone, in the bookstore so many times but never bought it! I really wish I had picked it up that first time! I just love this series! For a situation that is so unrealistic, Michael Grant makes it work and makes it seem plausible!
Recap: All of the adults have disappeared and a sort of wall has appeared around their little town. No one can get out and no one can get in. The animals have all become mutations of their former selves. Talking coyotes, flying snakes and underwater bats. Strange right? Well it doesn't end there. The kids have started developing odd abilities like invisibility, super speed and laser hands.
Sam is still in charge of everyone (except Caine and his followers) he has taken on the role of the "Mayor." He didn't want to be in charge, but that is the way it turned out. Now he has to deal with sibling fights and other minor things he shouldn't have to.
It has become obvious that there is no end to these conditions in the near future. Sam realises this, he also realises that the food they have won't last much longer but he can't seem to get the other kids to help him.Big problem. The kids are already on rations. This is the main problem throughout this book: hunger. Fighting against Caine and the conditions of the FAYZ to survive is hard enough without going hungry. Now it has come time for new ways of food input to be put in place. There are fields with different vegetables that are surrounded by killer worms (that utterly freaked me out - bleurgh!) These are just some of the problems that the kids face.
I think Michael Grant did a great job of portraying how kids would react to starvation without adults. These kids have relied on their parents and other adults for food and shelter and protection all of their lives. Now they are starving and fighting for their lives constantly and in an altered environment.
Now on to the characters. This book featured more of the characters that were in the background of Gone. Brianna and Jack feature more than what they did, which I thought was great. I LOVE these two characters and I can't wait to see where the story takes them. Jack who used to be part of Caine's following but switched sides. Brianna who thought she was invincible until to her dismay was proven otherwise. Michael Grant touches on a love relationship between these two characters. I think they would make a good pair. However I am a little torn because one of the other girls, Dekka, is in love with Brianna and has been for a long time. It would be nice to see what would happen if that relationship could flourish but at the same time I really like Jack. I just don't know you guys! I guess I will have to wait and see what happens in the next book!
The writing flowed very well and I found I could sit down and read it for long periods of time. Each chapter more or less features one character at a time, at the end of almost all of the chapters you were left hanging to see what would happen to the character. I found that I wanted to keep reading so I could find out what happened to each character in their next feature chapter. So it was a cycle. "Oh no Brianna! Must keep reading to find out what happens to her." "What! Little Petey? Must keep reading." "Must keep reading must keep reading." You get the idea.
Overall a really great read! I recommend YA fanatics to check this series out if you haven't already. If you liked Hunger Games, I think it is comparable to that in terms of violence and survival but still very different at the same time.