A Review of Michael Grant’s Gone

December 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Gone_Michael_GrantTitle: GONE

Author: Michael Grant

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult/ Science Fiction

Length: 558 pages

Take the horror of Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the paranormal excitement of your favorite comic books, and put it smack in the middle of modern-day California stuck in a bubble, and that’s Gone.  It’s all sorts of dark, twisty, disturbing, and pretty awesome.

My niece handed me this book, she’s in the third volume of the series, and loving it.  She’s into the dark and twisty books these days, I remember being into them at that age too.   And though I’m hooked on these as an adult as well, I find these a little too dark and twisty from the perspective of a parent.

Kids killing kids, babies starving to death trapped in homes without care, fires, dark demon-like creatures on the hunt, it’s a little too much when I think of it with my own kiddo in mind.  It puts my obsessive crazy brain on a mission to ensure my child is a self-sufficient survivor with some mad Kung Fu skills under her belt as soon as possible.  It reminds me the value of teaching my kid about God, love, and the makings of good leaders; how to recognize right from wrong and good from bad without having an adult there to tell you.  In case of crisis, this is the plan…

When it comes down to it, Grant is a great writer for this genre.  He is dark and twisty, but he does limit his descriptions as to leave plenty of room for the imagination.  So although there is a dead baby that’s needs taken care of, a twelve-year-old is less likely to visualize the entire process of a baby being alone for eight days and then found dead.  Grant addresses the smell of the house, the fact that the main character has to clean it up and take care of the child, and the emotional trauma of the situation, but he doesn’t go into a gross CSI style detail that would move me to guide a twelve-year-old away from the series.  That’s what keeps the book so intriguing rather than nauseating.

Well, that and the fact that I’m a sucker for dystopian societies and coming of age stories.

My recommendation if your kid picks this up: Read it WITH them, and be ready to discuss.

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1 Comment

  1. insiderhedge said,

    Reblogged this on Parrot Reviews.

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