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Publication Date: July 2008
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
My Review: I've been meaning to read this series for a while. It seems that total there will be 6 and the 5th one comes out early next year. I'm glad I started it, and it was a quick read for all of being about 500 pages long. That being said, this was kind of an exhausting read. I'm not sure if I read this somewhere or if I came up with it on my own (going with the former) but this was kind of a 'Lord of the Flies' modern day-ish scifi twist.
At first I thought that it was all going to be from Sam's point of view and was a little annoyed that other people's POV were described, but then I got used to it and realized how much it added to the fullness of the story.
That being said, the characters are definitely very strong in this series. All of them were so varied with their backgrounds, their reactions to different circumstances, the powers that eventually manifest, it was crazy! The world is ours but with a twist but Grant does an amazing job of creating complex characters that you can't help but root for or hate, but even then, you really can't hate them because they are all still kids!
As for the story, I just couldn't help but feel bad for these kids. Bad thing after bad thing after bad thing kept happening. They dealt with it, as they could only do that or just give up, but man, talk about a rough life! It was pretty fast paced but not uplifting really. There are some good things that happen, and I enjoyed seeing the kids triumph, in the small instances where they did, but overall the book kind of tired me out. The writing was so good that I was emotionally invested in the characters, but so much happens that I just have to give myself a break before I continue on with the series. Plus, not all of the series are out yet so I may just wait until then to pick this one up again. Because believe me, though there is a teensy bit of closure in this book, it's not over!
Recommended, but only if you like your roller coasters with nothing but whirls and no chance for breath!