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Light- Michael Grant

Light (Gone, #6)Since my brother and I are fans of the Gone series, naturally we went as soon as the bookshop opened today to read it and asdfhaiefhaoeifh it was pre-signed by Michael Grant himself! Isn’t that awesome! For no extra cost as well! It was even ÂŁ2 off! I’m so happy right now! But I’m sad and pissed off at the same time because my favourite character died. So basically kinda speechless, so I’m sorry if this review turns out to be crap.

Summary (Goodreads)- sorry!
It’s been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana’s malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

Cons
The series has ended 😦
But in a way this is kinda a good thing, because to be honest the series was getting a little long and stretched out. But no…. I’ve been there since it started, and I can’t and don’t want to say goodbye to the characters that I’ve grown to love and hate.. Even though my most favourite character dies in this (I’ll give you a clue. It’s one of the big four.)

I want to know more!
I want to know about the experimental labs, Connie, Caine, Gaia, what happened to Little Pete, the survivors, Toto, why Sam didn’t have the evil feel towards him, etc.

The blaze of glory
I just felt that it was a little hurried. All through the book it was working up till that moment, and to be honest, I didn’t feel it until I read the next page which had the consequences. It reminded me a little of Rue’s death in the Hunger Games.

Disgusting scenes
Compared to other books there weren’t as many disgusting scenes. I mean, yeah there’s a graphic description of eyes being gouged out and burning holes through bodies, but there wasn’t actually much really really disgusting stuff- the kind of stuff that makes you want to throw up. Compared to Fear this was a field through of daisies. I mean, after reading fear, I couldn’t look at some sweets in the same way as before. But after reading this book, I have to say, even though I hate saying it… I was a little disappointed at the non-icky-ness 😦

Sam
This isn’t really a con in the sense of the book, but I really do need to let my anger out about him. (spoilers/ spoiler hints may follow)
All the others of the big four offered themselves up but he didn’t. It annoyed me so much. He is such a idiot. Stupid. (awesome people will get the stupid reference/ people who have read the book). He deserves to rot in prison. I dislike him. And all the time even up to the end he is the one who everyone trusts and is considered the hero. NB. Dark Knight references to come. He is the Harvey Dent and his “evil” twin brother is the Dark Knight.

Pros
The covers!
I’m just going to use this little paragraph to say thanks to Michael Grant for writing this awesome series and for making the covers look awesome on my bookshelf.
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Epic
It was just epic. Although there were parts of it that I didn’t like, it was epic. Mainly because of all the fight scenes.

The Outside
When I read stuff like this on the news (well… not exactly like this, but you get what I mean) I’m always the outsider looking in on it. How those kids are criminals because they killed and betrayed the law and therefore are a danger to the other people and therefore should be sent to prison. However, looking at it though the kids point of view is a totally another question. It seems so different that way and is going to change the way I look at something, because after reading the hell they’ve been though for the past six books, it seems stupid and selfish to chuck them into prison for trying to survive. So yeah. Sorry. I’m rambling. I’m still kinda in awe of this book. My point is basically that we see it through the eyes of the “criminals” who in their own world are the “heroes”. Funny how things can just all merge into one.

The plot
Compared to the other books it was a lot more thought out. In lots of the other parts there were sudden twists that were just pulled out of thin air, which did annoy me a little. But this book was different. From the start I felt that there was actually a plot, everything was all working towards one thing that would happen, and it did. The ending was Epic. With a capital E just to show how Epic it is.

Couples
I’m not usually one to splutter over cute couples, but hey ho I can always try something new every day! The couples were so cute… Brinanna and Dekka. Caine and Diana. Sam and Astrid. Edilio and Roger. So cute. It’s ashame that half of the couples are broken by the end of it.
haha. My endgame. I will keep you in suspense until you read the book.

Gaia
Best. Villain. Ever.

This picture

I found it off http://gaiaphage.com and it is freaking awesome!

Pons/ Cros
Basically this is a section about stuff that I didn’t want to put into the pros or the cons for fear of offending someone.

I thought it was ironic in places (at least I interpreted them ironically because of my beliefs) in places to do with religion. It’s just one of those things that puts religion in a different light. Like how the bible is from a Christian viewpoint, but if it was written again from a Atheist’s viewpoint, yeah I guess it’s unlikely, but the story would be interpreted differently.

Favourite Quotes

  • Evil. It’s in all of us. You know that, too. It was in you. I saw it in your eyes as you looked down at me in that cooler. Evil, hah. We all want to have someone powerless beneath us while we stand over them.”
  • “I realised, when I saw the forest burning, how fascinating the firelight is. It’s beautiful  and the people stare at it, don’t they? It destroys things and kills people, but humans love it. It is because they crave their own destruction?”
  • “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”
  • Sit! Lana roared. To Lana’s amazement, Brianna sat. So did Patrick”
  • “You’re insane!
    Compared to what? I haven’t got out much”
  • “Edilio had brought reality with him. And reality had a bad feel.”
  • “She was just that kind of girl: hate at first sight.”

Overall
Although I loved this book, and I hate saying this, but it isn’t quite up to the 5 stars rating :(. I really wanted it to be, and maybe that was the problem because there’s all that psychological thing about making it seem better in your head and then getting disappointed. So maybe that was it. Anyway, I would probably give it 4 shuriken stars 😛

Gone- Michael Grant

I LOVE MICHAEL GRANT! RECENTLY I GOT MY BOOK SIGNED BY HIM!!!! I WAS SO HAPPY!!! AFTER MY BROTHER CAME HOME WITH IT SIGNED I LITERALLY JUMPED UP AND DOWN FOR 5 WHOLE MINUTES!!!!, then I gave the book a hug… :D. Now going back to the book, THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! IT IS AWESOME!!! IT IS THRILLING. IT IS MIND- BOGGLING!!!, I could literally rant about this book forever! :D. Ok. I’ll try to stop. *Taking deep breaths* This book is the first in a series, called the Gone series, by Michael Grant. The next books in the series are called Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear and Light (but Fear and Light aren’t out yet… – Fear is being released really really soon!!!- April 3rd, and Light- 2013).

Gone (Gone, #1)Summary!
Basically, everybody over the age of 15 disappears, in this town called Perdido Beach! It is like an awesome version of Lord of the Flies!!! (but I haven’t read that book… I kinda just looked it up on wiki… ;D). Well. After everyone disappears, everyone starts freaking out (as to be expected…) And well, lets just say some things happen; that are a bit cruel, and there is just a little bit of blood and guts… (!) :D. The inhabitants of Perdido Beach start to choose sides; SAM OR CAINE!, And it all builds up!!!!!!!!!!!- AMAZING!

Cons
The Suggested Reading Age
On the back of the book it says that this book is intended for people over 12 years of age. In my opinion, this is quite low (although I did read it when I was that age…), as there are quite a lot of gruesome scenes- and in one of those someone actually dies… and to be honest, I’m not sure it is something that a 12 year old should be reading… Also with the later books, there are some even more disturbing scenes- We will explain in later reviews… and those scenes ARE REALLY REALLY SCARRING…- I WAS SCARRED… AND IF A 12 YEAR OLD READ THAT, THEY WOULD BE PEEING THEIR PANTS IN FEAR!!!!, Well, unless he/ she is a very mature 12 year old… 😀

No other cons!

Pros
The Action
It was such a fast book!!!!!!!!! It kept me hooked all through it and it was just awesome!!! Though I do have to say that the beginning wasn’t as fast- paced as the end; at the beginning it was so funny!- It was just like “Huh? Everyone just disappeared? Lets go home!” , and then it all goes down hill for the characters from then… Michael Grant never repeats the ideas and I didn’t expect almost every twist!

Caine
He is the perfect villain that has ever lived! He is just so smooth and smart, and he is such a good leader. HE IS JUST SO AWESOME!!!!- he is one of my favourite characters in the gone series! (along with Diana and Dekka!)

Getting back at Weishi!
Basically… I recommended this book to her… like loads of times… It was really funny!!! And as you can probably imagine, she eventually got annoyed and decided to give in and read the book! When she was reading the book she tried REALLY REALLY hard to hate it… and she kept on saying how it wasn’t that awesome (note. this was just to get back at me for forcing her to read the book). But eventually she gave into THE AWESOMENESS OF THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is unforgettable
Because IT IS SO AMAZING!!!! And also scary to think that if this happened, this could be what the people inside would be like…, which is really really really creepy… (I find the part where I can actually imagine it, really creepy too…)

The gooeyness in Gone
I thought that the gooeyness (romanticness) in Gone is pretty good. It doesn’t go too far, and there is also some, to get some diversity on it. I thought that the relationships were really sweet, in Gone. But progreeesivly throughout the Gone series the gooeyness gets more, but don’t get me wrong; all of the Gone series is mostly action, there are just some things that happen… on a bed… In a “Gone book”…, ahem. moving on

Favourite Quotes

  • “That’s your solution? Have a cookie?’ Astrid asked. ‘No, my solution is to run down to the beach and hide out until this is all over,’ Sam said. ‘But a cookie never hurts.”
  • “Sam had a DVD in his hand. He said, “Yesterday I sent Edilio to the power plant to get two things. First, a cache of automatic weapons from the guardhouse.
    “Machine guns?”
    “Yeah. Not just for us to have, but to make sure the other side doesn’t get them.”
    “Now we have an arms race,” Astrid said.
    Her tone seemed to irritate Sam. “You want me to leave them for Caine?”
    “I wasn’t criticizing, just… you know. Ninth graders with machine guns; it’s hard to make that a happy story.”
    Sam relented. He even grinned. “Yeah. The phrase ‘ninth graders with machine guns’ isn’t exactly followed by ‘have a nice day’.”
  • “But if all they did was kill time, time would end up killing them.”
  • “Welcome to Perdido beach, where our motto is: Radiation, what radiation?”

Overall
Overall THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! BORROW IT, BUY IT, ANYTHING!!!, JUST GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK!!!! As you can tell from all of the “!”s; 5 SHURIKEN STARS!!!!!! 

Fear- Michael Grant

Fear (Gone, #5)WARNING. CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS BOOKS!
OMG. OMG. OMG. It is AMAZING! It is one of the best books in the gone series! It is literally stunning! 😀 It is one of those few books that keep you hooked, so you can’t put it down. I also LOVE THE COVER!!!!!! IT IS SO COOL!!!!!! Right. back to the review! This book is the fifth (I think…) book in the gone series, by Michael Grant. The books before are called: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague and now Fear!!!- You can read about them in other reviews. 😀 To be completely honest, I would say that Plague is better than Fear. But I would also say that Fear is better than the other books in the series. Here’s how I personally would rank the series so far; Plague, Fear, Gone, Lies, Hunger.

A Quick Summary
THE FAYZ TURNS DARK. Literally. The barrier starts to darken and soon, it is completely pitch black in the FAYZ!!! (which is extremely dangerous for some people and makes some mutants unable to use their power (e.g. Brianna, in case she trips over, as she can’t see… and tripping over at about forty miles could hurt(!), Just a little! :D). Drake is prowling around again! During the book, many exciting things happen! (I really don’t want to spoil anything…, but just to get you excited; Diana’s baby is born!!!!!!- it was such a creepy moment…)

Cons
The Speed
note, for the purpose of this review, the speed and the pace are different things!, because I have pros and cons for it! :D. Back to the review! I just felt that it was a bit hurried, as the whole book happens just under a three day time span. And some parts I didn’t quite follow…, like the part with Edilio?, how did Sam figure that out?…

The Spoilers Michael Grant released on his FB page
For those of you who haven’t read the spoilers he released here they are:
“1) Remember that it was originally titled DARKNESS.
2) At one point Sam will rub Diana’s tummy.
3) Astrid-haters will love her by the end.
4) There’s a surprising “coming out.”
5)… A heart will be broken.
6) You will learn why Sam and not Caine.
7) There is a huge betrayal.
8) Someone will lose their virginity.
9) Someone we know well will die.
10) A scene so dark and anguished my editors wanted me to tone it down. (Of course I didn’t. How long have you known me?)”
The reason why this is in the Cons section is that I didn’t quite understand some of the spoilers, and how they fitted into the book; Of course, it could be just me…
Anyway. I found number 2 quite misleading… It happens right at the beginning of the book, so I don’t think I’m spoiling anything much… but basically, Sam didn’t want to rub her tummy… he only did it because he didn’t want to be ride…
Number 3. I don’t really understand why I’m supposed to love her… I am a Astrid- hater… but I don’t love her… but to be fair… I liked her a bit more than I used to…, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t hate her… (Does that make sense?)
I didn’t quite understand number 5, as I was expecting something like Astrid falling in love with Caine, and Sam being hurt.. (lol… btw this didn’t happen), but there was nothing like that… so I’m not quite sure whose heart was broken…
I didn’t quite get the betrayal spoiler… I can think of a few betrayals…, but not one that stands out…
Number 8 was also quite misleading…, as it is some people, not someone… (which is a huge relief…, as it would mean someone would have to do something with Caine or Diana… -which is really really messed up…, it makes me shiver just thinking about it!).
And last, but not least, Number 9. I think I know who that person is…, but I can’t be sure…, if it is who I think it is…, then I am confused…, because Lana said she wasn’t sure that she was dead…?, but it also could be someone else, who died at the very end…, but we didn’t know her that well…

Light
WHY CAN’T LIGHT COME OUT SOONER?…

Pros
The Pace
It was AMAZING! It kept me hooked all through it! I was literally reading it in all of the lessons that I was able to get away with it in… and after I had finished it… It just left me speechless…

The character development
I just felt that all of the characters developed so much!, it was just amazing! 😀 Some characters completely turned around; For example Caine, it was so funny watching him break down, and I felt so sorry for him… ;(. And some characters have still got secrets to keep!!! That’s what I love about this series; ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!

The “dark scene”
It was amazing and heart- stopping. All through that scene I was going OMG, but not because it was ickey or disgusting, but because I predicted almost the exact thing!!!! (but with Petey)!!!!!!!!!!!! So all through it I was going OMG OMG OMG I WAS KINDA RIGHT!!!!!!! As you can tell,… I was really excited! Anyway, the “dark scene”; It was quite creepy, but not too much, it was just mentally disturbing. The reason why it is in the Pros section, even though it was mentally disturbing, is that I have never quite read a book like that, with such a mentally scarring scene!

Fear
When I make this point, I mean the emotion fear, not the book; I just didn’t want to provide the need for confusion… 😀 I love how Michael Grant goes into the concept of fear, and how he explores almost every aspect of it. (I’ll put in some quotes below for it!). I also love how the concept was named after the book, or is it the other way round?, oh well, I’ll just hope you know what I mean. 😀

The sticker
This is quite a small point… But I found it really funny and really true. When I bought the book, there was a sticker that said “More thrilling than The Hunger Games”. So true.

The different view points
I mean this literally! We finally hear from the outside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the first chapter! (btw, some people might regard this as a spoiler, but I’m not that sure it is one…, as it happens in the first chapter…) We meet Sam’s mum, Connie, and we see how she has adapted and we see her emotions and feelings towards Sam and Caine. We also learn why she kept Sam, but not Caine!- but to be honest… I didn’t like that part…, as there wasn’t much solid stuff…

The Beginning and The End
As I said before, in the first chapter,WE MEET CONNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And from then on, you will get hooked. Now the end, this is hard… as I don’t want to spoil anything… hm…. I’ll just say this; IT IS ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS I HAVE EVER READ! I NEVER SAW IT COMING (well, actually I kinda did…, as I am one of those annoying people who read the last page…- I really just can’t help myself!) AND NOW I CAN’T WAIT FOR LIGHT!!!!

Favourite Quotes

  • “It’s not the monsters who are so completely different that are scary, Sanjit reflected. It’s the ones who are too human. They carry with them the warning that what happened to them might happen to you, too.”
  • “Because they assumed all fear must come from a thing or a place. An event. Cause and Effect. Like fear was part of an algebra equation. No, no, no, so not getting the point of fear. Because fear was about possibilities. Not things that happened. Things that might. Things that might… Threats that might be there. Murderers. Madmen. Monsters. Standing just a few inches from him, able to see him, but his eyes useless. The threats, they could laugh silently at him. They could hold their knives, guns, claws right in his face and he wouldn’t be able to see. The threat could be. Right. Here.”
  • “You think you’re going to take Caine down with sleeping pills?” “Sleeping pills,” *** said and nodded with satisfaction. “Sleeping pills. And cement”
  • “”At some points in the hours that followed he said “Astrid?” “Don’t you think you should have made sure of that about three times ago?””
  • “Can you check on our cat, Ariel? No one would answer that, because the cats had all been eaten.”
  • “That can be my tag line. “That is one bad baby””

Overall
To get straight to the point, I would say that this is a four shuriken star book. So, if you have read the Gone series, and haven’t read this book, READ IT NOW! And if you haven’t read the Gone series, but have somehow read this review…, with spoilers from the other books in…. :O READ THE SERIES NOW!!!!!!!!!