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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 😛

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Light (UK Cover) – Michael Grant

OMG.

IT LOOKS SO AWESOME.

I did not expect it to look this cool. Well… yeah I did.

So I’m guessing that’s Sam, and the words LIGHT, except they’re cracking and then there is an awesome back light just going POW behind him and his shadow on the thing and it looks so cool.

I love the UK covers. I mean I’m warming to the US covers as well, I think they’re really cool, but I’ve always loved the UK ones more.

It does look much better white than green.

If you want to see the US cover click here

Tell me which one you like more, and what you’re expecting from it, and so on!

I’m so excited!

😀

BZRK- Michael Grant

BZRKThis book is confusing… But it is still a good book! Any book written by Michael Grant is a good book!!! Michael Grant is also the author of the AMAZING Gone series –> See link for the first book : https://discombobulatedbooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/gone-michael-grant/
So back to the review! BZRK is the start of a new series called the BZRK Series (creative right?). The second book is going to come out hopefully on February 23rd, next year (2013), according to goodreads anyway… So… As I said… This book is very confusing. You have to really read into it and absorb every detail if you want to have a chance of understanding it. I didn’t understand it. 😀

Summary
It is set in the near future, where the world has better technology, but it isn’t that different from how it is now… The main evil people (sorry… I know there is a better term for it… that begins with “P”… but I don’t know how to spell it… :D) are the Armstrong twins; They are so creepy… They are joined together, but that’s not what makes them creepy… It’s just that they are so evil… but at the same time not so evil… Because they actually believe that they are doing the right and humane thing…; to enslave everyone… and join them all together by the mind… Another thing that is creepy… is how I actually agree with them in some ways… damn… I’m writing too much for the summary… I’ll explore their character more later! Well… because the twins want to enslave everyone… there must be someone, or some people to save mankind! <– BZRK!!! Both sides fight with their robot things… which invade the mind and turn people crazy and mental…

Cons
It’s too confusing!!!
There were just so many characters… and so many different robot things… and by that… I mean two different types of robot things… and one isn’t even a robot… note. If you are going to read this: Nanobots are used by the Armstrong company, and they are robots controlled by people by controls, Biots are used by BZRK, who are against the Armstrong Company, and they are controlled by the mind!!! I only got that about half way through the book… I thought that the characters, although each one of them were AMAZING!, but I just felt that there were just too many of them, so we never properly understood them or got to know them… (but that may just be my opinion!).

Pros
The Characters!
All of the characters are AMAZING and UNIQUE in their own way! And by unique, sometimes I mean literally: e.g. the Armstrong twins! (joined together, in the brain, and about half their bodies!)
The Armstrong Twins: There were the PERFECT villain! There were the type of villain, whose character was developed perfectly, I could actually imagine them as a real character! They weren’t the type of annoying villain that has all bad and no good…, I could actually see the good points about them; they thought that they were doing the right thing!, and I found that I actually agreed with their philosophy and I felt really sorry for them because everyone considered them the “enemy”… 😦
The two poets!: Sadie was just AMAZING! She was just so smart… but also quite annoying because she was so smart… and Noah was just so cool! I loved him from the moment he almost got his leg sawed off!
The BugMan and Vincent: They are the one of the best two enemies I have ever met! Actually, they are more like nemesises (plural of nemesis?)!  They were just so funny!, and it really put a different view on the book!

hm… That is the only real pro that I actually have to talk about… the other good points are to minor to be worth my effort… 😀 but don’t get me wrong… THIS BOOK IS STILL AMAZING!

Favourite Quotes

  • “We think of it as a body. A singular thing. Skin over organs and bones, but all of it ours. Human.” She shook her head slowly, dark brown eyes glowing. “We are not all human. We are closer to being an ecosystem. Like the rainforest. We are the home to thousands of life-forms. They live in us and on us. Like jaguars and frogs in the rain forest. In the human ecosystem there are viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites.”
  • “Rule number one: no one accidentally shoots me. I will resent it.”
  • “Doctors can all go to hell; nurses go straight to heaven.”
  • “She felt the heat, like someone had opened a pizza oven inches from her face. And set off a hand grenade amid the cheese and pepperoni. “

Overall
Overall this book is good!, partly because the author is AWESOME! To get straight to the point, I would say that it would be 4 shuriken stars. I would definitely recommend reading this book! (along with the Gone series- also by Michael Grant!)

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!!!!!! 

Light (Cover) – Michael Grant

If you want the UK COVER, click here.

OMG. LOOK AT IT!

So, this is the cover for Light by Michael Grant, which is the 6th in the Gone series (read them! They’re awesome!). I actually really like the american covers for GONE, even though I obviously prefer the UK ones. (They’re all black with GONE written on them in big neon writing). Still. It’s Sam and Diana, obviously (NB: I don’t really like the model they’ve got for Diana. But still better than I guessed. I imagined her to look less… I don’t know. Old? I don’t know. I guess I imagined her features to be sharper or something.) But the guy they have for Sam is perfect. I also imagined it green, or yellow, since it’s called light (and we haven’t had a green title thing for the UK edition yet), but blue is still pretty.

[Apparently the girl on the front may not be Diana, but Gaia. I mean, I still don’t think the model suits her since I’m picky and they describe her with blue eyes in the book]

Oh, also, why is Diana dressed up so nice? All the makeup and sparkly clothing. Maybe that’s explained, but I’m just wondering. I think she looked better on the Fear cover. (Though Quinn surprised me on that one. I thought he looked like Sam, not like Caine with all the dark hair and stuff. but my friend told me she thought he looked perfect, so maybe it’s just me.)

Do any of you have predictions for LIGHT?

For the paragraph below, yes we have both now finished FEAR. Here is the review

Me, personally, I think most of them will get out. Though I think Taylor or Bug will be dead by then. (If they don’t die in FEAR. Don’t you dare ruin it ARC people). Edilio’s probably gay. Or Quinn. And Diana’s baby is probably going to wreck havoc somehow. It’s only a 2 bar, but when that boy/girl grows up, it’ll probably be 25 bars. Unless it’s Petey. That would be so, freaking, messed up.

Oh, also, if you want to hear my big conspiracy theory, here it is.

Connie is a scientist, or Sam’s dad was. (is Sam’s dad still alive? I can never remember.) So, since Connie was a nurse at Coates, she could keep an eye on the other kids and how they were developing, as she knew about the radiation and stuff. She knew both her sons were really powerful. And then somehow she found out about Taylor’s, Toto’s and Darla’s powers. Probably because they went to Coates (remember that Brianna recognised Toto. According to gaiaphage.com, anyway.) But she didn’t want her sons tested on. Then Taylor bounced out first, because they couldn’t contain her, but then when Darla tried to escape, they learnt from their mistakes and tasered her. Yup, so that’s my conspiracy theory.

I also think the proximity to the nuclear power stations effects the amount of bars you have. Petey visited the plant every day, so he got powerful. People like Virtue lived really far away from the centre of the Dome, so he developed like 1 bar or something.

And then when they do get out, they’ll probably be put into science labs and tested on, and there will be the military, or maybe they’ll be a group  of mentally insane kids who made all this up (very far-fetched, but possible. Like in that movie Sucker Punch).

So, do you like the cover? Do you not like the cover? Do you absolutely hate it? Do you think LIGHT is going to be epic? Or have you never heard of the GONE series?

More book reviews coming soon. But I thought you might want a little update. 🙂