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Gone by Michael Grant

Gone by Michael Grant

‘One minute the teacher was talking about Civil War.
And the next minute he was gone. 
There.
Gone.’

Suddenly all the adults and children over the age of 15 have disappeared; there one minute, gone the next, just vanished into thin air. Sam, Astrid and Quinn must try to work out how to survive in a world turned into chaos. Cut off completely from the outside world by a giant barrier, they’re trapped, and a new order is rising. Some of the survivors have power, a mutant power…

I LOVED this book. Yes, I needed to use capital letters to express my strong feelings. I’d been putting off reading the Gone series for quite a while, mainly because of all the comparisons to The Hunger Games. I felt the need to take a leisurely break from the world of dystopia (more reviews coming up about what I read in-between).
After reading Gone, I didn’t actually feel it was remotely similar to The Hunger Games – other than the idea of a dystopian future – and frankly, it deserves to stand on its own as a brilliant novel rather than riding on the back of all the HG success.

I really like Michael Grant’s writing style; there is no singular viewpoint, while there are a number of clear ‘main’ characters, there are in fact so many characters, that you become far more emotionally attached to them as a group. 

It’s so fast-paced and action packed that it felt like watching a film or a tv series, and would in fact, be an instant hit if made into one (should it stay loyal to the novels). The twists and turns, the mix of sci-fi with dystopia, well, it just makes for a highly entertaining and gripping story. I can say with great pleasure that I will be going out to buy the following four novels (Hunger, Lies, Plague and Fear), and continue to read them until the end of the series. In a way I’m glad I waited so long to read them; now I can take my time enjoying them while everyone else waits on the edge of their seat for the sixth (and final) book ‘Light’ to be released!

We’re sitting in the dark willing to sell our souls for another peppermint with enough uranium to give a terrorist a wet dream.’

If you like thrilling, gripping novels, or have a taste for the dystopian or exciting sci-fi, you will relish the Gone series. 

Contains a fair amount of violence and cruelty, so more suitable for age 14+

Love From,

Original Book Girl

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

‘He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.’

This is the first Cormac McCarthy book I have read, and I was far from disappointed.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, a man and his son on the brink of starvation journey along the road hoping to survive. The earth has fallen apart, vegetation is gone and it snows ash all around them. Those left alive must either run and hide, or fight each other, some even turning to cannibalism.

It is a bleak, bleak tale, but captivating nonetheless. I have yet to read another book with such depth and such simplicity all at the same time. The focus is on the unnamed man and boy, and their relationship – the lengths a man will go to, to protect his son. It isn’t your typical heroic-survival-in-a-desolate-world, but more the real end of the world, almost the end of humanity altogether. The style of his writing mimics their journey to such an extent, that you feel as if you are right there with them, watching it unfold before your very eyes. His words are wonderfully poetic.

Heartbreaking and incredibly powerful, this is one novel that you really must read. A sad story, but not without the most important ingredient; hope.

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Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pure by Julianna Baggott

‘Swirling ash – it’s not all bad. In fact, it can be beautiful, the lit swirl. She doesn’t want to see beauty in it, but she does. She finds little moments of beauty everywhere – even in ugliness.’

When the detonations went off, it left everything and everyone outside the dome genetically mutated. Those inside the dome were spared, sealing themselves off from the outside world, they became the Pures.
Outside the dome, short of food and shelter in an ash-filled world, Pressia Belze is struggling to stay alive. Simultaneously, inside the dome, Partridge Willux is on a mission to find the truth; what really lies beyond the dome? And what caused the detonations in the first place?

A fantastic new dystopian novel from Julianna Baggott; an author who until now, has written under the pen names: Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode
Pure was originally intended to be a YA novel, but at the last-minute it was changed to adult fiction. Honestly I feel it is very much a crossover novel; entertaining for both younger and older readers.
There is a little bit of blood and gore, but not too much. I loved that her characters were imperfect in a physical way – Pressia with her doll’s head fist, and Bradwell with his bird-infused back – because it really gave a little something extra to the novel.
I am a big fan of Julianna’s writing, her scenes depict a macabre beauty mixed with a desolate and desperate landscape for the story to play out in. It is a more complex and thought-out dystopia than something like Divergent (hence it appeals to an adult audience as well), and you will be engrossed from beginning to end. I’m looking forward to the sequel!

Suitable for age 14+

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