Thursday, May 13, 2010

LIES by Michael Grant

This is the third book in the Gone series by Michael Grant. These books are really unique. The other two books set the stage for this one. What has happened is that in California, one day all the adults over the age of 16 just disappear. The kids that are left behind are responsible for everything. Some are trying to develop a community with laws and rules, while others are just living by their wits and courage. The FAYZ is a scary place to be for all kids. Not only do they have all the responsibilities of survival, but they must deal with the mutations that only some of the kids are developing.

In LIES, mutants are being pitted against non-mutants (or normal kids). Kids who were once dead, are now being spotted around Perdido Beach which totally freaks the kids out. Sam- the hero of the first two books has really had his confidence shaken. Things with him and Astrid are very strained. Astrid has one view of the future while Sam - the one who has to protect all the kids in Perdido Beach has another view.

Then there is Caine and his gang of very dangerous kids. Life at Coates Academy is horrific. Caine and Diana are literally starving to death and they are desperate for food. All of these kids must once again fight for survival.

I think this book was really a set up for the final few books. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure where the series can go from here.


  1. I didn't know the third one was out yet - how did I miss that?! I enjoyed the first two. I'll have to get this one ASAP. Thanks for the review.

    Have a great weekend! :-)

  2. One of the first grade teachers at my school just donated Gone to my classroom library, and then it was mentioned at the YA Lit class that I am taking this summer. It and the rest of the series sounds great.

    I was glad to find out about your blog. I will have to check back often since you mention that most books are appropriate for my 6th-8th graders.

  3. I really liked the first two- this one wasn't my favourite, but my class is really excited about reading it and are currently passing it around. Nobody has finished it yet, so I haven't heard about the book from a kids perspective. I can't wait to hear what they have to say.

  4. I really hope they make a movie out of the books! I think that the books are really, really good!

  5. You are right- this series would make a great movie. Check this out-

    I had no idea he wrote the Animorphs series- who knew!