Publication: April 28, 2009
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Dystopian, Horror, Young adult
Audience: 16 and up
Rating:5 out of 5
In the blink of an eye.
Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.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 and war is imminent.The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a whole new way.
So say you’re a kid and you’re just sitting in class trying to at least look like your paying attention to the teacher’s boring lecture, and with out any warning, the teacher and every other person over the age of fourteen vanishes in to thin air. Pretty sweet, right? No school, no homework, nobody to tell you what to do, you can do whatever you want and nobody can say jack, in a word- freedom. Sounds great in theory until you realize there is no one around to fix you dinner, wash your clothes, take care of you when you’re sick, all the things the adults do that you take for granted. Now throw in some kids with mutant powers, and put your whole town in a big impenetrable sphere, and suddenly you have your self a pressure cooker. Gone is a dystopian story I can get behind, it’s not just another Hunger Games wannabe. There is no evil government here, just kids fighting to survive this new dangerous world they have found themselves in, a world were literally anything can and will go wrong. I read this first book then immediately read the next four books in the series, and cannot wait for the sixth and final one to come out. Even though this is a young adult series, and doesn’t have very harsh language or any real descriptions of sex, it does however have a ton of violence and gritty imagery. I highly recommend this book and its sequels.