Saturday, October 27, 2012

"Fear (Gone #5)" by Michael Grant

509 pages

It's been a year since everyone over the age of fourteen disappeared from Perdido Beach, California. The kids left behind have been through a lot: constant hunger, a vicious plague, and of course ongoing struggle for power. For a while, though, things have seemed almost calm. Sam and his crew are living by the lake, while his twin/enemy Cain and his entourage live near the sea. The mutants and the regular kids have reached an uneasy peace. Of course, things can never stay stable for long in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). Suddenly, it seems that the dome imprisoning the kids is slowly turning black. And when the lights go out for good, it's going to get worse than ever before for the kids of the FAYZ. There will be no way to grow food, avoid danger, or keep the mysterious, evil Darkness from finally closing in.

This series just keeps getting weirder and weirder. As with the other books, I got annoyed with all the jumping around and bizarre-for-the-sake-of-bizarreness stuff. Also, I think all the books are way too long. There are plenty of little detours in the plot that could be cut out for the sake of clarity and brevity.  However, I like Sam, Astrid, and the others enough to care about what happens to them, and I am intrigued enough by all the craziness that I want to find out what happens in general.

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