Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fear (Gone 5) by Micheal Grant

(Book Five of a Six Book Series)
Author: Michael Grant
ISBN: 0061449156
Release Date:  April 3rd 2012
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 509
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction,
Fantasy, Horror, Post Apocalyptic
Series: Gone #5

It's been one year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

Despite the hunger and the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.

Within the FAYZ, life breaks down while the Darkness takes over, literally—turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. In darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. But even in their darkest moments, the inhabitants of the FAYZ maintain a will to survive and a desire to take care of the others in their ravaged band that endures, no matter what the cost.

Fear, Michael Grant's fifth book in the bestselling dystopian Gone series, will thrill readers . . . even as it terrifies them.

My Thoughts on the Book
Just to make it clear this book is the fifth book of a series!
Just when you thought this story was about to get better, it just got worse. In Plague, you see Sam lead a group to Lake Tramonto where there was fresh water and food. While Caine was king of Perdido Beach after saving the kids there from the massive bugs.  It was fine for a while, but things just got a crazier and crazier as I read the book. Strange things start to happen to people, the barrier starts to go black, and something is happening to Diana's baby.  I can't believe how scary this book has become, and it makes me want to hope that the last book puts an end to the freakness of it all. 
The main threat is how the giant barrier starts to turn black. No one knows why this is happening, only that it keeps getting larger and larger ,blocking out all light. Sam and Astrid are all trying to figure out how fast the darkness is spreading, since they don't know of anyway to stop it. They even try to have a plan for Sam to go to Perdido beach to help put lights up, but with the darkness closing in and the threat of Drake, it's hard to get the message across in time. Everything is connected though, from the darkness of the barrier to Diana's baby. It all goes to that slimy green monster that we've met in the pervious books. Sam is a little less uncerten of himself in this book. He tries to take charge again, but he mostly lets his friend Ebilio handle most of the issues up at the lake. He does what he can to make the children be safe while Ebilio takes it upon himself to handle the everyday issues, like toilets or safe drinking water. 
The problems are mirrored at Peridio Beach, where Caine is King and hands out the punishments. Albert is the one to take care of the real issues like food and safe drinking water. Quinn even steps up in this book, trying to take charge and be a leader. In the last few books he was a more background character, lacking courage. In this book he takes a stand and tries to help everyone, despite the disaster that is occurring when the Darkness finally blocks out the sun. You get to see more of Penny and her powers in this book then the last, especially how her powers effect people.
A character named Cigar is a primary focus of her powers, after an incident left him stuck with Penny for a full day. Won't tell you what happen ,but lets just say the end result will freak you out at the thought of it. Then there is Dekka and Brianna. After what Dekka said in the forth book, Brianna has been staying away from Dekka.  She doesn't know what to say or do, so she keeps her distance. Dekka stays brave and helps Sam with the Lake and keeping everyone safe. Yes, more people die in this book, and each death is more strange then the last. 
When Astrid returns to Lake Tramonto, she finally wants to be with Sam. Their relationship finally deepens in this book after stalling in the past. She sleeps with Sam, but it's unclear if it's out of her own love for him or guilt of what she did to Little Pete. I'd like to believe it was love, but she just can't forgive herself.
The plot in this book was just great. Conflicts range from trying to figure out how to stop to finding out what Gaia wants with Diana and her baby. The author wrote the book as a modern 'Lord of the Flies', but with more death and mutant powers. This book will leave you wanting more. You want to see what the children will do when the barrier changes. I just can't wait for the next (and final) book of the series.


If you've seen the other four covers, you've seen the connection between them. I usually don't read books like this, but the artwork on the first book's cover drew me in. The cover has a great main image with the models, and the simple title font matches the over all look and feel of the book. Add the small notation on the top of the book, it creates a simple yet eye-catching design. I love this series, I can't wait for the last book to find out what happens to the kids. This book will leave you wanting to know what's coming next. I do recommend this series if you love SciFi. Fans of the series will be pleased to know that there are plans on making a Gone movie. Warning though, this book is just as scary as the last four.


I love this series, I can't wait for the last book to read what happens to the kids. This book will leave you wanting to know whats coming next. I do recommend this series if you love SciFi because you will love it so damn much. Not to mention that there is plans on making a Gone movie!!! Warning though this book is just as scary as the last four.

5 out of 5 Howling Wolves

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