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Gone by Michael Grant

When did young adult books become so good? I'm way older than the target age for Gone, but it's just about everything I could have asked for in a book.

Gone starts out as Lord of the Flies meets Stephen King's Under the Dome. It's a normal weekday, kids are in class, and all of a sudden POOF, every adult vanishes. Soon they discover that their town is also cut off from the rest of the world.

Things move to Lord of the Flies territory pretty fast, and from there get worse (for the characters, 'better' for the reader!). Event upon event occurs, fast paced, each time seeming like there's just no more room for more conflict.

Soon enough, supernatural elements start cropping up, making this so much more than just a Lord of the Flies/Dome crossover. There are some really interesting elements, but unfortunately I can't list them without spoiling. They make the story satisfyingly more complex though.

Gone is the first in a series of books. The next two, Hunger and Lies, are out now. Plague is due to be published in the next few months, and the last two (Darkness and Light) are sometime after that. I've only just finished Gone, and I can't wait to move on to Hunger.
Tags: supernatural, young adult

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