Thursday, 19 May 2016

Gone by Michael Grant

Gone (Gone, #1)Gone by Michael Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

'One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone.'

That moment when you realise you didn't like a book as much as you thought you would. That moment when you know many loved the book, but you didn't. That moment when you stare at praises for the book, but know those words will never come out of your mouth. That moment is indeed one out of the undesireable experiences, particularly in a reader's life. It can be traumatic to some, galling to another, and to some others, creates no significant emotion whatsoever. Unfortunately, I fall into the first category; I really get annoyed when I don't dislike a book completely, but simultaneously feel that the book is overrated. And this is one such book which makes me want to not read the next book this century.

The story begins at school: students moaning, teachers castigating those who have not finished their essays, and the stereotypical school atmosphere. What could possibly go wrong here? But giving it a second thought, if something happens in the entire world, why would it leave the school alone? Clearly, the plot of this book supports my previous statement; disaster strikes the entire world -- all people of age fifteen and above mysteriously vanish into thin air.

Our protagonist, Sam Temple, at first glance, appears as a normal kid, but apparently possesses some sort of supernatural power. Along with his friends, he tries to keep the underage world running - simultaneously in jeopardy of disappearing on his fifteenth birthday in a couple of days.

'After this, Mary, that's the last thing I'd want to be.'

I personally this was sort of monotonous. Additionally, it was cryptic. Also, I think it has too many characters. Reducing the characters and specification are the key points I have. Maybe a rewritten work might have earned my interest. So basically, it was just a mediocre fiction book.

As mentioned before, it was cryptic. The most vague details found its way in here. My inquisitiveness demands rational answers for the following questions: How did Sam get his powers? How did all this chaos occur? Why did all this chaos occur? Who or what was the cause? What do those cryptic talks about Nurse Temple mean? Why did implausible fantasy mix in the subsequent stages? the questions do not end here. Stopping here would be most prudent to keep this review less tedious.

I probably sound like a seven-year old writing her essay, but if I were to write this book, I would omit the unnecessary details and shorten it. I would also prefer to start the climax after some time, perhaps after introducing the characters and the situation there.

I've got a quick question: is using 'me' before naming the other person, and making a grammatical error the latest trend of authors? Or is it just me who thinks this is wrong?

'Me and Samsaw then down in Santa Barbara.'

But internet, my brother's copy of Element and Style of something (I forget the rest), and my grammar textbook agree with me! Why is this ubiquitous mistake so common? Even one of my favourite authors has done the same!

'It's not you, it's the FAYZ.'

Positively speaking, the climax is indeed good. The plot about the disappearance of everyone at and above the age of fifteen has really earned my appreciation. In addition to that, there are some lines which makes you smile.

'Work' led to 'labour', which led him to 'productivity', which led to someone named 'Karl Marx', which led to another old guy named 'Adam Smith'.

This one is definitely going to be stuck in my mind. You've no idea how much I struggled to learn that! Well, at least Albert did pay some attention, and did not learn it as Adam Levine.

'You know,' Quinn said, 'the one good thing about this was that I got away from history class. Now history class is following me.'

Now that was probably intended to bring a smile to faces, but in actuality, it is the current attitude of students. Believe me, I know it since I'm one - we'd simply love to be out of class! Albeit here, I'd be the one Quinn refers to as 'history class' :p

So in nutshell, I didn't dislike the book to the extent where I have to rate it low, but I didn't like it to the extent where I have to rate it high. So my verdict is 3 stars. Not one more; not one less!

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