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Gone series
Michael Grant's Gone
First edition cover of Gone
Gone
Hunger
Lies
Plague
Fear
Light
Author Michael Grant
Country United States
Language English
Genre Supernatural
Horror
Science fiction
Dystopia
Thriller
Publisher HarperCollins
Published 2008–2013
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)
No. of books 6

Gone is a bestselling book series written by Michael Grant.[1]

The series is centered on the fictional Southern Californian town of Perdido Beach, in which every human aged 15 and older vanishes. The town and surrounding areas become encased within an impenetrable energy barrier, with many of its inhabitants developing supernatural powers. The books follow the exploits of the protagonist, Sam Temple, as he battles antagonists Caine Soren and Drake Merwin, as well as a mysterious, malevolent creature, known as the Darkness or the gaiaphage (derived from Gaia, a Greek personification of the Earth, and "phage", from the Greek φαγεῖν phagein "to devour").

The first novel in this series, titled Gone, was originally published in 2008. The second book, Hunger, was released a year later, followed by the third book, Lies, on May 4, 2010. The fourth book, Plague, was released on April 5, 2011. The fifth book, Fear, was released on April 3, 2012, in the United States, although it was released as early as March 23 in Australia and Hong Kong. The sixth book, Light, was released on April 2, 2013. The series – "a fun, no-brainer read directed towards teenagers" – has been hailed as "ridiculously popular" and "a sensation in the young adult world".[2][3]

Novels[edit]

Gone[edit]

Every person at the age of 15 or over vanishes from the town of Perdido Beach, causing great confusion and chaos. Friends Sam Temple, Astrid Ellison and Quinn Gaither set out to explore the area until they discover a barrier cutting the area off from the outside world with a radius centered at a nuclear power plant located outside of town. The area within the barrier is nicknamed the Fallout Alley Youth Zone or FAYZ for short. Exploring this nuclear power plant, the group finds Astrid's severely autistic four-year-old brother Pete, along with a map marking radiation patterns from a 15-year-old explosion at the plant that lines up exactly with the energy barrier. The town children look to Sam as a leader, but chaos ensues. Sam and Pete are revealed to have supernatural powers caused by the power plant's explosion 15 years ago. Upon the group's return to Perdido Beach, its members encounter vehicles bringing students from the nearby Coates Academy. A Coates student, Caine Soren, impresses the townsfolk and he becomes leader, but Sam and Astrid are suspicious of his motives. Some of the students and others in town have supernatural powers, including Lana Arwen Lazar (who has healing powers, which she discovered after she and her dog, Patrick, were wounded after her grandfather vanished, causing his truck to crash, and they were attacked by a coyote pack that abducted her earlier). Lana encounters a pack of coyotes, who can talk. They take her to a cave, where something the coyotes call "The Darkness" lives. Caine Soren, who believes he is the most powerful mutant, takes a group and returns to Coates Academy, discovering that when a person turns 15, they are confronted by something they desire before vanishing. Feeling threatened, Caine enlists the help of local bullies to kidnap Sam and Astrid, who have fallen in love. He also discovers that he and Sam are twin brothers. During this time, Quinn starts hanging out with people related to Caine, and betrays Sam. Later, however, Quinn frees Sam and Astrid is freed from Drake, a psychopathic student at Coates Academy, by her brother Pete (who can teleport). Caine instructs Drake to kill Astrid but Sam saves her. Sam's group (Astrid, Quinn, Pete, and Edilio Escobar, a boy who was in their class) escape town and find Lana. They escape the coyotes but are captured by Drake and imprisoned within Coates Academy. Caine encased the hands of anyone with powers who refused to join their cause, in concrete, as their powers come from their hands. Sam's group escapes Coates Academy, with Pete's help, together with various Coates students, and returns to Perdido Beach to fight Caine. Meanwhile, Drake abducts Lana as he thinks she can help him get his arm back after Sam had burned it off during his escape from Coates Academy. They reach a creature known as "The Darkness" (also known as the gaiaphage) down a mineshaft which uses Lana's power to give Drake a whip for an arm giving him the nickname "Whip Hand". Drake takes the children at the daycare center hostage and forces the town's residents to congregate in the square. Caine attacks the town with the help of the coyotes, and Sam and Caine fight in the town square. The two turn 15 and encounter what seems to be their mother, but Sam refuses to comply, and Caine, aware of the "temptation", follows suit. Caine and his group return to Coates Academy, and he follows the coyotes down the mineshaft to see "The Darkness", while Sam becomes the leader of Perdido Beach, after many children were killed in the attack.

Hunger[edit]

Three months after Gone, Sam goes with Edilio, Albert and E.Z. to the fields to pick cabbages before they spoil. While there, E.Z. is attacked and killed by mutated worm-like creatures, later called Zekes. Duck Zhang is revealed to have the power to change his density and discovers an underground cave filled with mutated blue bats that taste disgusting to humans, but are later fed to the Zekes in exchange for children being allowed to pick food from the fields without being attacked. Small-time bully Zil, who believes that those with powers are treated better at the expense of normal humans, fuels widespread prejudice against people with powers and creates the "Human Crew", an organization that discriminates against these "freaks". Caine wakes up from a three-month coma and decides to take over the nuclear power plant. He instructs Diana to bring Computer Jack (who stayed back at Perdido Beach) back to Coates so he can take control of the plant. Caine takes hostages at the plant, but they have no food so Sam decides to wait for them to give up, or they will starve. During this time, one of Zil's friends is accidentally killed by Hunter, who has the power to microwave the body parts on which he focuses, of people and animals (During an argument, Zil attacked Hunter with a crowbar and Hunter put his hands up to protect himself and accidentally hit their roommate, Harry, who was trying to stop the fight). Zil and a mob find Hunter, who has sheltered behind Astrid, and also attack Astrid and Edilio in the process of grabbing Hunter, who escapes. After ending up losing all electricity Caine mentally receives a message from the Gaiaphage telling him to bring it a uranium rod from the nuclear power plant, as the Gaiaphage survives on uranium. Lana has also been receiving messages from the Gaiaphage and leaves with Quinn, Albert and Cookie to get gold, and then, on her own, attempts to blow up the mine shaft, but she fails, falling under the Gaiaphage's control. Edilio and Dekka travel to the mine shaft in order to destroy it, after realizing what Caine is planning to do. Dekka can suspend gravity, and this would collapse the mine shaft. Edilio is shot by Lana, who is under complete control of the Gaiaphage. It is revealed that the Gaiaphage plans to use Lana's healing powers, along with the uranium rod from the nuclear plant, to create a new, near-invincible body for itself. Astrid determines that the Gaiaphage was created by the accident at the nuclear plant 15 years ago, and that the accident may also be the cause of her peers' supernatural powers. Sam, Caine and Duck travel to the mine shaft in order to fight the Gaiaphage. Caine uses his powers to bring a uranium rod to the mine shaft, but, upon seeing his love interest Diana injured by Drake, throws the rod at his chest, knocking him into the mine shaft and collapsing its entrance. Duck creates a hole in the ground leading to the Gaiaphage and is then thrown by Caine into the hole. While falling, Duck becomes heavier than a mountain and smashes into the Gaiaphage, dragging the creature down to the bottom of the barrier surrounding the FAYZ, weakening the Gaiaphage, but is killed in the process. Lana heals Sam, Diana, Brianna, Edilio and Dekka. During these events, Hunter kills a doe using his power, and eats it, but is ambushed by the "Human Crew", who decide to hang Hunter, giving venison to those who help them. Orc and Howard restore order to the town, and stop Hunter's execution, saving Astrid and Little Pete, who attempted to break up the mob but were instead attacked by it. Caine's attack on the nuclear plant shuts off all electricity to the town and it cannot be restored. Sam steps down as leader, and a council is formed in his place. A now disfigured Hunter, who was found guilty of murder and banished by the council, decides to use his new power to hunt food for the kids in atonement for killing his friend. The book ends on a cliffhanger when the readers realize Brittney, a girl killed during Caine's attack on the nuclear plant, is still alive and buried in the plaza.

Lies[edit]

Lies is set seven months after Gone. The town is run by a council, headed by Astrid. Zil's anti-freak Human Crew have taken over a small section of Perdido Beach. Orsay, who has the mutant power to see people's dreams, claims she can see the dreams of the children's parents. She is dubbed "The Prophetess" and holds nightly rituals to give children messages from their family. Orsay is helped by the mysterious Nerezza, who urges Orsay to continue to use her power and tell children to "step-out" when they turn fifteen. A young girl, Jill, is beaten due to some people's knowledge of her powers (she can transfix people by song, a Siren) and falls into an empty grave. Sam discovers her and is told by Edilio that she was in the grave of Brittney, who died in Hunger. Sam learns of Brittney's empty grave and of Orsay's rituals, but does not tell Astrid this during the next council meeting. Astrid discovers this and she and Sam argue, and they break up. Astrid tells the council to claim that Orsay is lying and leading them to suicide, as they believe "stepping-out" results in death. The townsfolk learn she has lied and lose faith in the council. The reader is informed that the outside world is attempting to break the FAYZ barrier, and all the adults from inside the FAYZ are alive. Children who "step-out" at fifteen appear outside the barrier in the normal world, and it is later revealed that those who die also reappear, alive, outside the barrier. Meanwhile, on an island far out to sea, several children attempt to survive in the abandoned but well-stocked mansion of their adoptive celebrity parents. Caine, Diana and the remaining Coates academy students struggle to survive and resort to cannibalism. They hear of the island with the mansion and plan to steal boats from Perdido beach undetected, to go to the island to find food. Caine makes a plan with Zil. Zil riles up a mob and sets fire to a large section of the town at night, creating a diversion and allowing Caine to reach the Marina undetected. Sam attempts to stop the "Human Crew" but fails. Sam and many others believe they have seen Drake, who is dead. Unsure how to proceed, Sam leaves Perdido Beach. Zil wished for chaos to ensue after the fire but instead calm prevails. Astrid announces a set of laws and steps down, knowing she will no longer be trusted. Drake then appears and Zil uses the opportunity to cause chaos. Most the townsfolk flee to highway and beach. Little Pete, who has been playing on his GameBoy (which has been out of batteries for months), is revealed to be controlling events in the FAYZ through the game, and it is hinted that Pete himself is the Gaiaphage, which was not killed in the last book. Nerezza eventually attempts to kill Pete, but fails when Astrid intervenes. Nerezza is an avatar of the Gaiaphage, created by Pete, who manipulated Orsay. Mary, who is turning fifteen, intends to "step-out" and lead all the daycare children off a cliff, convinced that killing them will cause them to reappear alive outside the FAYZ. Dekka suspends gravity and rescues the children, but Mary "steps-out". In the chaos, Little Pete's GameBoy is broken. He screams, causing the energy barrier surrounding the area to disappear for a brief moment. Astrid and many others see the normal world beyond, but Pete regains control and the barrier reappears. The Gaiaphage is revealed to have been attempting to use Brittney's immortality and Lana's healing powers to bring Drake back from the dead, sharing the same body as Brittney. Sam returns, fighting Drake long enough for him to turn into Brittney. Sam decides not to kill the two but rather have them locked up guarded by Orc, as he experiences no pain at being whipped by Drake. Caine, Diana and the two remaining Coates children reach the mansion island and meet the five children there. Suspicious, the Sanjit Brattle-Chance and Virtue Brattle-Chance drug Caine's food, fearing for their other three small siblings, and successfully escape to Perdido Beach in a helicopter. Throughout the book, many characters have fallen sick by a flu-like disease, foreshadowing events in Plague.

Plague[edit]

Perdido Beach is now run by Albert, whose introduction of money and paid labor to the town has placed him in a position of considerable power. Water supplies are running out and Albert sends Sam and others on a mission to find a new water source, Lake Tramonto, on the far side of the FAYZ. Meanwhile, an infectious plague leading those who catch it to almost certain death is spreading in Perdido Beach, and everyone is instructed not to leave their homes to stop the spread. On the way to the lake, Sam's group encounters Hunter who was banished from Perdido Beach. He has become infested with parasitic bugs, which have begun to eat him from the inside out. After revealing that he was unable to use his powers on himself, Hunter tearfully begs Sam to kill him, believing the bugs to be his punishment for being bad (accidentally killing someone). Sam agrees, but Hunter's death releases bugs that cannot be killed by Sam. A coyote who leads them to the creatures that are causing parasitic insect infections. The group attacks the creatures, but Dekka becomes infested with insects in the process, even though Sam burned off her shoulder in order to protect her. When near the lake, Sam and the others find a building from a nearby military airbase (the barrier cuts off the remainder of the base) They find a lone boy, Toto, whose mutant power is to tell truth from lie. They also find a train, with valuable supplies of Nutella and Pepsi, and a train car full of handheld missile launchers. Drake, who has been locked up in a basement escapes, as his guard, Orc, is drunk. Meanwhile, Astrid realizes that she can kill Little Pete and end the FAYZ. Thirsty, Little Pete destroys the top floor of Astrid's house and creates a rain cloud (it never rains in the FAYZ). Once free, Drake travels to the gaiaphage and is met by an army of bugs, who begin to clear the way into the mine shaft. When they reach the lake, Sam and his group are confronted by the bugs. The bugs have grown to the size of SUVs and are being commanded by Drake. The group escapes back to Perdido Beach. The town is in chaos: The plague overwhelms the town and hospitalizes many kids; Albert is attacked by the "Human Crew" and is only saved when his maid finds him near death. The bugs have grown again and Edilio instructs Quinn to row to the island and find Caine, as he has the power to kill the bugs. Caine accepts the challenge, hoping to become king after saving the town. Drake is instructed to bring Nemesis (Little Pete) to the gaiaphage and travels to Coates Academy, where Astrid and Orc are hiding. The bugs arrive in Perdido Beach but Caine and Brianna cannot fight them. Dekka uses her powers to levitate Sam and the train car of missiles to Perdido beach to fight the bugs, but they do not reach the town in time as Dekka is infected with the parasite, and is only saved when Sam cuts her open to kill the bugs inside her. When threatened by Drake, Astrid throws Pete to the insects, who realizes the danger and vanishes both the insects and himself; her hope was that Pete's death would cause the energy barrier to dissipate, which does not happen. Pete is later revealed to be without a body, but alive. Caine attempts to install himself as king of Perdido Beach, but Sam offers to form a community at Lake Tramonto (where the water is drinkable and there are boats campers can get shelter). Around 80 kids decide to go with Sam, along with Diana, who has become sick with Caine's constant need for power, with two-thirds of the population of Perdido Beach staying behind, under Caine's rule. Between these two camps, Lana is granted free access to both places, being the Healer, as well as there being free trade, a condition laid down by Albert. Diana then reveals to a stunned Sam, Brianna and Dekka that she is pregnant with Caine's child. The plague proves to fatal only in one out of ten cases, but many have died. The plague eventually disappears.

Fear[edit]

Pete experiments with his new state of existence by tampering with the inhabitants of the FAYZ, resulting in gruesome deaths as he clumsily changes their DNA. This also causes Taylor to be turned into some sort of a 'plant-mammal' with skin of gold. Meanwhile, Sam's new 'city' at Lake Tramonto is flourishing and all is going fine. Astrid, though, has left her friends at Lake Tramonto, and lives alone now. The energy barrier begins to turn black, gradually filling the FAYZ with darkness. On the outside of the barrier, Connie Temple (Sam and Caine's mother) learns that a small part of the army plans to nuke the barrier. Meanwhile, Cigar accidentally kills a boy in a fight. He is punished by Caine and is sentenced to spend a full day with Penny(who has the powers to make people hallucinate). She tricks Cigar into sucking blood out of his veins and clawing his own eyes out. Cigar is only rescued by Quinn, who hits Penny and later goes on a strike, demanding Penny to be exiled from Perdido Beach. Lana tries to heal Cigar, but his eyes grow in a strange way, and he begins to see the world in a different way, also being able to communicate with Pete. He runs into Astrid, who has run away from the town at Lake Tramonto and is trying to deliver Sam's message(signifying his interest in putting up 'Sammy Suns' or balls of light in Perdido Beach) to Caine. Later, he is killed by mutated worms(or Zekes), in a field.Through mental communication with Pete, Astrid learns that the barrier is connected to the gaiaphage. Drake captures the pregnant Diana and brings her to the mine shaft, as per the bidding of the gaiaphage. Diana gives birth to her baby, whom the gaiaphage then inhabits, hypnotizing Brianna(who attempted to rescue Diana) into putting the baby on the gaiaphage. Drake, Diana, Penny and the gaiaphage, now known as Gaia, head to the energy barrier, where they encounter Sam and Caine. Gaia plans to open up the barrier. They battle, killing Penny, and Sam attacks Gaia; returning sunlight instantly to the FAYZ as the energy barrier becomes transparent. Sam once again attacks Gaia, who is seemingly unhurt. She flees the scene along with Diana and Drake. Visual communication then begins between the inhabitants of the FAYZ and the outside world.

Light[edit]

Light is the final book in the series. The dome around the FAYZ has become transparent, allowing the kids inside to converse with their parents. Some, such as Brianna, are thrilled to have the attention, while others, like Orc, are ashamed of what they have become and pray that the dome never comes down. In the thrill of being able to converse with the outer world, the kids lose interest in their duties, which leads to sending Quinn to the island to get Albert, as he is the only one who can get them back to work. Annoyed at Brianna, Sam and Astrid send her on a mission to hunt for Drake. She succeeds, and scatters the chopped off parts of his body across the landscape, keeping his head in a chest below the boats on Lake Tramonto. Meanwhile, Gaia and Diana are out in the desert, where a rapidly aging Gaia schemes to take out all of the FAYZ residents in order to put an end to Little Pete's powers, who can fight Gaia by inhabiting a person's body, like Gaia. Intending to stop Gaia and rescue Diana, Sam and Caine go on a hunt for Gaia together. Gaia, meanwhile, goes to the town at Lake Tramonto and starts slaughtering people there, killing 'normals' first and mutants later. She, though, is stopped by Brianna and is forced to retreat. Sam and Caine run into her at the Stefano Rey national park, and attempt to stop her, but Gaia, who is alone as Diana has escaped, mentally attacks Caine and escapes. Sam and Caine attempt to run Gaia over with a bus, but she escapes and takes Caine hostage, and leaves Sam heavily injured and unable to do anything. Sam is rescued by Taylor (who was slowly healed by both Sinder, who has the power to make plants grow faster, and Lana,who has the power of healing living things. This also proves that Taylor is now a cross between plant and animal). The kids regroup at the town and discuss what to do next. It is revealed that Gaia, though possessing every power of every living person in the FAYZ, loses that power when the person dies. Sam contemplates whether he must sacrifice himself in order to stop Gaia. Meanwhile, after an adult, that Gaia brought into the FAYZ to use as food, brings Drake's head to Gaia, she kills the man and attaches Drake's head to his body and gives him his tentacle arm back; Gaia attacks the town and kills Brianna. Computer Jack is killed by a stray bullet during the battle while trying to save Sam, who was healed by Lana and tries again to stop Gaia and is taken prisoner. With the situation desperate, Caine goes to get Albert's missiles and launches them at Gaia. They hit the FAYZ wall and kill Orc, who was fighting Gaia at the time. Realizing that there is only one option left, Caine invites the spirit of Little Pete to take control of his body, and using it, Little Pete fights Gaia, destroying each other in the process, due to which the FAYZ wall comes down as Little Pete is dead. After the FAYZ wall comes down, Sam has a final encounter with Drake, but Drake dies as when the FAYZ wall opened, all mutant powers, and thus their effects, were gone, removing Drake's head from the body and killing him. The remaining kids reunite with their parents and mourn their losses. Connie Temple(Sam's mother) tells him how Caine and Sam were fraternal twins, though Caine looked more like her husband, and thus gets distant from Sam. Edilio goes into hiding to avoid being deported back to Honduras. Albert is now in the sights of every major businessperson in the world, and does an advertisement for McDonalds in Perdido Beach, telling the people that all the graves in the plaza were real. To get them out of legal trouble, Caine had written a confession note prior to his death claiming that he was controlling the kids and making them do all of the things that they did, thus taking the blame off the other kids. Astrid decides to write a book, and later, signs off her rights for a movie, starring Todd Chance and Jennifer Brattle, who were, ironically, really living in the FAYZ before the events of Gone, about life in the FAYZ. There, she is reunited with Sam, who had escaped from hospital with the help of Quinn and his mother. The series concludes with Sam and Astrid inviting Diana to come and live with them in their house, paid for with money Astrid had gotten from the 'Toddifer' couple to write her book; she agrees.

Characters[edit]

Peter Ellison[edit]

Peter Ellison (referred in the series as "Little Pete") is autistic, and the most important individual person in the FAYZ, and also the one who caused it. He is the brother of Astrid Ellison. He is constantly fighting the Gaiaphage and stopping it from taking over the FAYZ and its inhabitants throughout the series. He stopped a nuclear meltdown in the nuclear reactor as there was "too much noise" while the workers were trying to shut it down, and he took all the adults out of the newly created FAYZ, so he would face no disturbance. He was the FAYZ's "little, ignorant god", as once referenced in the series. Although he could do anything he wished to do through his power, he cannot, because of his autism. He is the only five-bar mutant in the FAYZ, along with Gaia. Also, even though Astrid tries to kill him, he does not die, although the FAYZ wall only disappears when he chooses to die, which is after he takes over Caine's body and kills Gaia. During the series, all the actions he takes are directed only to solve an immediate problem of his, and he does not care for any effects his actions may have in the future because of his autism.

Sam Temple[edit]

Sam Temple is the main protagonist of the series. He is one of the four avatars Astrid sees in Little Pete's game. His avatar is a male pointing a single palm into the air releasing a ball of light, representing his power. Sam is described as of medium build with tanned skin and dark hair, sky blue eyes and is "quite handsome". He is a very determined boy, who always persuvaires and never gives up in addition to this when he is in a hard situation he always stays courageous and thinks of a quick plan. Before the FAYZ, Sam lived in Perdido Beach with his mother, Connie Temple. He remained under the social radar at school, not belonging to any clique, and having only one true friend, Quinn, with whom he liked to go surfing. Sam first realizes he had powers when he accidentally burned off his stepfather's hand, because he thought his stepfather was going to hurt his mother. This led to the divorce of his mother and stepfather. The identity of Sam's biological father remains a mystery. His birth certificate says that his father's name is Taegen Smith, and Caine notes that Taegen is "an unusual name", although Smith is very common - "the type of name someone might use if they wanted to hide their real name". Sam is known as 'School Bus Sam' to the kids at school. This is because when he was in the seventh grade, the school bus driver had a heart attack, so Sam took control of the bus and saved the lives of other kids by driving the bus to the side of the road. This made people later support Sam being the leader of Perdido Beach while in the FAYZ, but when Caine Soren came to town, some lost their loyalty.

Astrid Ellison[edit]

Astrid Ellison is the main love interest of Sam Temple. She becomes his girlfriend in Gone and is one of the people who pushed Sam into becoming a leader. She is incredibly intelligent, taking AP physics and college courses. In Gone, after she, Sam, Quinn , and Edilio go to look for her little brother, Peter "Little Pete" Ellison, they find him in the Nuclear Power Plant where Astrid's father worked. It is during this time that Sam reveals his power. Astrid also reveals that Little Pete has a few powers of his own. Later they realize that the FAYZ wasn't created by chance, but by Little Pete, who became scared after a meltdown occurred at the power plant, removing all the 'worrying and troublesome' adults from the then-created FAYZ, and also stopping the meltdown. Later, she is tortured by Drake and then sides with Perdido Beach at The Thanksgiving Battle. She is often the voice of reason when it comes those with powers, and most people believe her to be a "normal," due to the fact that her power is not displayed like Sam or Brianna's power. In the second book Hunger Astrid helps discover the mutated worm called a "Zeke".

Caine Soren[edit]

Caine (born David Temple) is the son of Connie Temple and Taegan Smith. He has dark hair and eyes, in contrast to his twin brother, Sam Temple. Before the FAYZ, Caine lived with his adoptive parents and went to Coates Academy. In the last book of the series, Light, Caine sacrificed his life to end the FAYZ. When the FAYZ started, Caine took advantage of other children's vulnerability. He started by getting rid of the powerful kids he thought he couldn't trust, by letting Drake "plaster" (encase) their hands in blocks of cement, preventing them from using their powers. Shortly after the start of the FAYZ, Caine and his supporters arrived in Perdido Beach. Caine made a charismatic but obviously rehearsed speech, then declared himself Mayor of the FAYZ. At the meeting in the church, he demonstrated his telekinetic powers by making the Crucifix fall off the wall and badly injure Cookie Glider, one of the town bullies. He set up a list of laws, a law-enforcement group, a fire department, and other necessary organizations. After a short time of peace, Caine had the town's birth certificates stolen, and through this, he discovered that he and Sam had the same birthday, Caine being only three minutes younger, making them twins. Quinn betrayed Sam's whereabouts to Caine, so Caine could have Sam kidnapped and tied up, while he threatened to let Drake hurt Astrid if Sam didn't cooperate. He revealed to Sam that they were twins, to Sam's horror. Later, Quinn helped Sam, Astrid and some others escape. Eventually, Caine's supporters captured Sam and his party. They "plaster" Sam and Astrid, but Little Pete used his powers to make all the cement blocks disappear due to Astrid attempting to smash his handheld game with her block. At the end of "Gone", Sam and Caine face off just as they are about to turn fifteen. They both say no to their mother, who tempts them to "step out", but then reveals herself to be a glowing green, fanged monster, which mockingly tells Caine he will seek it out on his own accord. Caine then tries to attack Sam, but fails. Caine tells Sam to go ahead and kill him, but Sam does not. He seems to pity Caine and tells him to stay away because next time, one of them would end up killing the other. In Hunger, Caine and Diana are found together in Moses' Cabin at Coates. After Caine has finally gotten over his insanity caused by the Darkness he once again wants to defeat Sam and conquer the FAYZ. He also subconsciously wants to feed the gaiaphage. He uses Diana to get Computer Jack back on their side and uses Jack to turn all electricity off in Perdido Beach and ultimately, the FAYZ. After a dilemma in Perdido Beach, Sam arrived at the Power Plant. Caine told him that the lights were out in Perdido Beach, and he tried to exchange light for food. Sam pointed out that they were trapped with nothing to eat. After a long time, Caine and the others broke out of the control room with uranium to feed to the gaiaphage. They arrived at the mine, but Drake injured Diana. Caine appears to have killed Drake but he ends up sharing a body with Brittney. He helped Sam rescue Lana, who then healed Diana, Brianna, Dekka, Edilio, and Sam. After Diana was healed, the two of them left. In Lies, it is revealed that Caine is still at Coates Academy, where all have turned to cannibalism. It shows them eating Panda, who had died at the start of Lies. This leaves a very big impact on both Diana and Caine. Caine, with some information from Bug, decide to steal a boat from Perdido Beach to reach San Francisco De Sales Island (where, according to Bug, lived two famous actors) where they can possibly find food. They then visit the farm where Emily and Brother live (the farm that Computer Jack drives by in Gone). There, Caine waits for Zil Sperry, leader of the Human Crew, and they strike a deal for Zil to burn down Perdido Beach, in order to give Caine a distraction to steal a boat. During the fire, Caine and Diana see the shadow of Drake, but decide to keep it to themselves, not knowing what they saw exactly. They steal two boats, only for one to be shot down by Zil and the Human Crew. Caine kills Hank out of rage and they zoom away to the Island. On the way to the island, Diana realizes that Caine's power has a limit of about 70 to 80 feet. She decides that is something to remember. When they reach the island, they meet the adopted children of the famous actors. They are given food by the children, but are also drugged and put to sleep. Caine gets annoyed at Penny, and levitates her off the cliff. The children run to the hidden helicopter and manage to escape, but only after Diana begs Caine not to kill them. He does not listen, but then Diana takes the risk of attempting suicide. Caine must choose between killing the children or saving Diana, also meaning he drops Penny, and so he chooses Diana. Penny's legs are shattered, leaving her bitter. Caine, Diana, Bug and Penny end up staying on the island.

Diana Ladris[edit]

Diana was sent to Coates Academy when her mother tripped and fell down the stairs, and she blamed her father for it, therefore sending him to jail. The police eventually realized she had tricked them and she was sent to Coates. Diana has long black hair and brown eyes. She was also very hungry when she arrived at the island of actors Jennifer Brattle and Todd Chance. In Lies, the reader finds out that Diana has a good side when she throws herself of a cliff to stop Caine from attacking the kids who were previously on the island. During Plague, she becomes pregnant when she has sex with Caine Soren and gives birth to a daughter, Gaia, who is later taken over by the gaiaphage in Fear.

Lana Arwen Lazar[edit]

Lana Arwen Lazar is a teenage girl living in the FAYZ. She has blue eyes and brown hair. She has the power of healing. Lana is the only "freak" not labeled as one by everyone, mostly because of her healing ability. Because of this, she becomes one of the most important people in the FAYZ. It is said that Lana's dog, Patrick, is the only remaining pet of the FAYZ, since no one would dare kill the Healer's dog. Lana is the only known person who has been able to withstand the hallucinations from Penny, due to her long time with the Gaiaphage. Lana lived with her parents in Las Vegas after moving to Perdido Beach. After being caught sneaking out a bottle of vodka, she told her parents that it was for a boy named Tony, and her parents sent her to his grandfather's ranch in the area of the FAYZ. Her grandfather was driving Lana and her dog, Patrick, in his truck when the FAYZ event occurred. Her grandfather Luke commented, saying that Tony was awful. Sam is almost killed by the coyotes, but Lana heals him. They bring her to the town. She uses her power to heal the injuries suffered by children at the Coates Academy who have been punished for having the power. She also heals Cookie, a former bully, who after feels that since she saved his life he must do anything for her, and helps Dahra Baidoo with assisting the injured. After Sam and the Coates "freaks" escape from Coates Academy to Perdido Beach, Lana is kidnapped by Drake and taken to the mine shaft to the Darkness to heal Drake's severed arm. She grows his arm back, but it becomes a whip instead of an arm. After the Thanksgiving Battle she helped by healing the wounded. Lana is referred to as "The Healer" by many in Hunger, much to her dislike. She secludes herself from town in order to avoid the demands of kids wanting her to erase the smallest of pains, and takes refuge in Clifftop Resort. She is influenced by the Darkness throughout the story and plots to destroy it. Her plans fail, though, and the Darkness completely takes control over her. Under its influence, she attacks Dekka and nearly kills Edilio. Lana attempts to kill herself through radiation poisoning, but is rescued by Sam and Caine in the end. She heals Dekka, Edilio, Sam, Diana, and Brianna, who likes to call herself 'The Breeze', owing to her Power of superspeed. In Lies, Lana is living in the Clifftop Hotel with her dog Patrick. She seems to still be struggling with the darkness. She becomes addicted to cigarettes and alcohol, which is a luxury in the FAYZ. Towards the beginning of the book she has a confrontation with Sam when he asks her if the Gaiaphage is gone. She flies into a fit of rage, but later she realized that the Darkness has been using her healing powers all along to regenerate Drake Merwin, mending him and Brittney Donegal together in one body. She is still the Healer and heals many of the injured children at the end of the book. Lana continues her secluded life at Clifftop, but is drawn back to town because of the flu. She is working overtime alongside Dahra Baidoo to heal the ill, the ones with the "Supernatural Death Cough". This deadly form of the flu causes the victim to literally hack up their lungs. When Hunter Lefkowitz becomes infected with some goo, which spawns bug eggs and larva, that he got from a flying snake in the forest, she discovers she cannot kill the bugs or heal a person with these bugs with her power. She also discovers she cannot heal the crudely named "Supernatural Death Cough" (SDC). Dahra believes this is because the virus is bred to be immune to Lana's abilities. She is not able to cure the virus throughout the book. When Brianna finds Lana and drags her back to where Sam, Quinn Gaither, Toto, and Dekka are, Lana heals Dekka after Sam decides to do last minute surgery in order to rid her of the bug infestation. She, with Sam's help, saves Dekka. Sanjit Brattle-Chance and Virtue Brattle-Chance are her and Dahra's helpers during the illness. By the end of the book, she is dating Sanjit. Her, Patrick, and the Brattle-Chances follow Sam to the lake. She and Albert Hillsborough are the only ones allowed to travel in between the lake and the town.

Dekka Talent[edit]

Dekka Talent is a fifteen-year-old, tall girl. She is, according to Brianna, curvy although she doesn't "show it off". She does not dress very femininely and prefers to wear what she finds comfortable. Dekka is found intimidating by most of the kids because of not only her power and close relationship with Sam, but also for her strong physique. Dekka is an African-American girl with the ability to 'cancel gravity' from a small area, causing everything in the area to be lifted into the air. She was part of the Coates 'freaks' who were trapped by Caine. She, along with Brianna and Taylor, were saved by Sam. Dekka is a very internal person who does not talk about herself, especially not about her thoughts or feelings. Because of this, people consider her threatening and scary, but she's really not. She claims that being a little scary at Coates Academy isn't a bad thing. She's tough and always there to help, even in dangerous situations. She is a lesbian and has a crush on Brianna. She has been faced with homophobia and racism, but she is comfortable in her own skin. Sam thinks of Dekka as an ally and thinks of her as possible leader of the FAYZ if he dies. In the series, it is discovered that she fancies Brianna, who rejects her. For a while, Dekka and Brianna don't talk due to the awkwardness between the two. She is one of Sam's best friends, and helps him fight against Caine and any other threats. Her full name is Dekka Talent, which is found out later in the series, Sam admitting that he never knew that she had a second name and "thought she was like Beyoncé".

Edilio Escobar[edit]

Edilio was originally from Honduras, until he moved to Perdido Beach as an immigrant. People also continually make fun of him any different than confuse him for being Mexican. He is introduced as a character that Sam found "potentially interesting". Edilio and Sam become close friends and allies, while Quinn begins to feel left out of his and Sam's original friendship. He is shot and seriously injured but healed by Lana. A council forms to rule Perdido Beach and determine laws, and Edilio makes up one of the six members. He is also appointed Sheriff of Perdido Beach. He is seen at the end of the book painting over the Human Crew tags that were spread around town. When the fires appear in town, he helps saving people. Afterwards, he faints in Astrid's office from exhaustion. When he wakes up, he starts crying and reveals that he doesn't want to dig the graves for the dead kids anymore. After Astrid steps down as head of the council, Edilio takes charge instead, proving himself to be a good leader. During the course of Plague, Edilio often states how he never wanted to be a mayor, and how Astrid had Sam put the job upon him when he found the pressure of being leader too great. He finds Albert to be power hungry, and he becomes, in his own silent way, enraged, when he finds out that he had sent Sam, Dekka, Taylor, and Computer Jack out to find water. Not only did Albert not tell him how dangerously low the water supply has gotten, but also because Drake/Brittney had escaped, leaving Perdido Beach defenseless against them. He becomes dangerously sick, soon afterwards but manages to survive and the end of Plague, Edilio follows Sam to Lake Tramonto. Edilio lives on a houseboat at Lake Tramonto. He is seen to be running things in Fear, even though Sam is officially the mayor. It is revealed in the later points of Fear that Edilio is gay and his love interest is Roger. He takes over the running of the lake officially after Sam goes off to find Astrid, which later becomes permanent.

Quinn Gaither[edit]

Quinn was Sam's best friend before the FAYZ. He and Sam love to surf and it is shown that they understand and care for each other. Quinn is an only child and lives with his parents. When the FAYZ occurs, Quinn becomes scared and expresses this through mean and rude comments towards the characters and mainly Edilio. Quinn later betrays Sam and Astrid by telling Caine where they were leading to Sam being tortured by Caine. Quinn frees him and apologizes saying that he did not know what Caine would do. Quinn spends the rest of the novel trying to make up for betraying Sam. He plays a big part in defending the Daycare in the Thanksgiving battle. In the second novel, Quinn and Sam grow apart not seeing each other at all until the middle of the book. It is then were Quinn shows a love interest for Lana. He also discovers that you can produce food in the FAYZ by fishing. Quinn then becomes head fisherman in the FAYZ and has a respectable position. He is said to have been well known and respected through the FAYZ as the head fisherman for the FAYZ. He is referred to as 'the Fisherman'. He grew much since the first book, showing in how he stood up to Caine to defend Sam towards the end of the series. In the finale book, Sam calls Quinn for help to break him out of the hospital and Quinn helped him. Astrid said that Quinn has grown a lot from the first book and has become a better person. After the FAYZ ends, Sam, Astrid and Diana move close to Quinn's new house with his mom.

Drake Merwin[edit]

The darkest character in the series, Drake learned how to shoot a gun from a young age and when he purposefully shot a neighbor in the leg, he was sent off to Coates. At Coates, he became known as a bully, and Caine used to think of Drake as a henchman. Later in the series, Drake harms Diana and makes an enemy out of Caine. Caine kills Drake but in Lies, Drake returns in an undead state that links with Brittney. Drake then turns to the Gaiaphage (the Darkness) and becomes its servant, which he enjoys as it gives him control over the coyotes that roam the woods. The Darkness gives Drake a whip arm when his arm is sawed off by Diana after it was burned by Sam. He enjoys making people cry as he whips them viciously. Drake is shown as a psychopath that purposely harms people and is sexist towards girls. When Brianna chops off his head and it melds with dead lizards, he is still alive. So with the help of Dekka and Astrid, they put his head in a cooler and sink it in a lake. Then the Gaiaphage eats an adult from outside the FAYZ and fuses Drake's undead head to its shoulders. Then Astrid bites off his nose and pokes out his eyes- puncturing one and ripping out the other one.

Gaia[edit]

Gaia is the daughter of Diana Ladris and Caine Soren. The Gaiaphage makes Drake kidnap Diana in Fear, so that it could be reborn through Diana's unborn child. When Diana has her baby inside the cave, Brianna (who was trying to rescue her) set the newborn baby on the Gaiaphage because she became hypnotized by the Gaiaphage's powers, due to which she thought she was setting the baby on a cot. The Gaiaphage swarmed over the baby and manifested itself inside it and the baby became a five-bar mutant. Diana then names the child Gaia, even though she later thought she wanted to name her something like 'Sally', 'Chloe' or 'Melissa', but she felt compelled to call her Gaia at that time, which most likely happened due to the powers of the baby. In Light, she punches Little Pete and also makes an adult climbing the FAYZ wall from the outside appear inside the FAYZ and rips his arm off for food and later beheads him to provide a new body for Drake, who was taken out by Diana. Gaia has no special power of her own, but she can use any mutant's power in the FAYZ as if it were her own, but only as long as they are alive, because in Light, she prefers to kill normal humans before she kills those with powers, and she also loses her ability to travel faster when she kills Brianna, who had that power.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews have generally been mixed to positive, though many note Gone's success in its intended demographic. Mal Peet, for The Guardian, pointed to the series' "rave reviews, most of them posted on websites by teenagers", though noting that such success stemmed from literary sacrifices that made characters into "crude two-dimensional digitisations".[4]

Amanda Craig, for The Times, noted that Gone was "heavily influenced by TV series such as Lost and Heroes, and described the book as "Clever but a little too predictable."[5] Jayne Howarth, for the Birmingham Post, called Gone "superb" and said she found the book "full of suspense, action and the supernatural. Think of a potent mix of Lord of the Flies, Heroes and Lost and you get an idea of the audience this will appeal to." Describing the pace of the novel as "frantic and frenetic" Howarth summed up: "This is an incredible mystery story, with twists and turns, cameos and protagonists, to keep readers engrossed... Violent in parts, Grant does not hold back at showing the feral nature of humans when faced with a world without order. Unputdownable."[6]

Dinah Hall, reviewing Lies for The Sunday Telegraph, also drew comparison with Lord of the Flies and Lost, and wrote: "While it's never going to make it on to the GCSE syllabus, it definitely has the addictive pull of a cult television series... I would sell my soul for the next instalment."[7] Toby Clements, reviewing Hunger for The Daily Telegraph, wrote: "Grant's world is hard-edged but thought-provoking, a Stephen King novel for youngsters in which the children are challenged with reshaping society while fighting off evil. Hunger ought to be required reading for any teenager who thinks adults suck."[8]

Stephen King has also praised the series, writing: "These are exciting, high-tension stories told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up. There are monsters, there are kids with mad-crazy super powers, there’s the mystery of where all the adults went. Most of all, there are children I can believe in and root for. This is great fiction.[9]

Television adaptation[edit]

On July 30, 2013, author Michael Grant announced that Sony Pictures Television had acquired rights to produce Gone as a TV series.[10] So far no concrete plans have been announced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BESTSELLERS". Sunday Independent. Dublin. 25 August 2013. p. 24. 
  2. ^ "Bookseller Charts". Western Morning News. Plymouth. 13 July 2013. p. 15. 
  3. ^ "Flights of fiction". The Sunday Business Post. Dublin. 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Peet, Mal (April 17, 2009). "Gone: Mal Peet on the novel as Xbox". The Guardian. London. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Craig, Amanda (April 4, 2009). "Save the Truffula Tree: Amanda Craig's Easter round-up will give young readers a spring in their step". The Times. London. p. 12. 
  6. ^ Howarth, Jayne (April 17, 2009). "Don't let sci-fi theme put you off reading this great novel". Birmingham Post. Birmingham. p. 8. 
  7. ^ Hall, Dinah (December 5, 2010). "Flicker like bats, slip like cats: Dinah Hall picks the best books to fill children's stockings". The Sunday Telegraph. London. p. 38. 
  8. ^ Clements, Toby (March 27, 2010). "Ancient prophecies - and a dog called Elvis". The Daily Telegraph. London. p. 27. 
  9. ^ "Blurbed By Stephen King". Stupid Blog Name. March 14, 2009. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Michael Grant [MichaelGrantBks] (30 July 2013). "(1 of 4) To all GONE fans: Sony Pictures TV @SPTV has agreed to acquire TV rights to GONE. Does not yet mean we have a TV series. But..." (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2016 – via Twitter. 

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