Gone by Michael Grant
At 10:14am, every person over the age of 15 disappears. Vanishes. Gone. Children are left to fend for themselves as best they can until help arrives, the help that Sam is sure will come. Scared and alone, the children spread out to fend for themselves, finding sweets and soda, seeking comfort amongst company. They look to Sam for leadership, Sam who had steered the school bus to safety after the driver's heart attack just years before. However, Sam is not at all certain that he wants lead, especially as he is covering up a secret, a secret that may be related to the disappearance of the adults.
From Coates Academy, the prestigious cliff top school for bright but difficult children, comes a parade of black SUV's driving ominously into town. Out steps Caine, a charismatic, charming boy who quickly presents his plan to run the town in the absence of the adults. He is reasoned and calm and smoothly takes power. Once in place, it becomes painfully clear that Caine is a bully and under his rule, the bullies will have the power. The problem is, since the adults disappeared and an impenetrable dome appeared over the town, kids have been developing special abilities. Sam can do special things, but so can Caine, and so can Caine's group of henchmen.
Its up to Sam and Astrid to fight off Caine and his cronies in time to discover the answers to the impossible events that have happened around them. Time is ticking away quickly, for in just over a week Sam will turn 15 and if he has not found a solution, he will disappear from the world forever. This book is a great modern tale on the question of just how would you cope if your world was turned upside down. Absolutely fascinating, this book is a great choice for young adults and we here at Kid's Compass are on the edge of our seats waiting for the next instalment!
Gone is the first in a new six part series. Due to some scenes, we would suggest that this book is not for readers under 13. We would like to thank Egmont for our review copy.
Reviewed by Joanna@Kidscompass