Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review- Plague

It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.
But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?
I fell in love with the Gone series a couple months ago, after finally picking up Gone at my library. I was happy to find a book filled with thought provoking ideas and horrific scenes that kept me wanting more. In the newest installment of the Gone series we meet Sam and his friends once again and are treated to several comebacks of characters. 
Like in the rest of the books, Sam must not only save the kids of the FAYZ from hunger and sicknesses, but defeat Drake/Brittney who has escaped from their prison cell. But in this book, Sam is up against bugs that breed inside of a person and kill them as they eat through the skin. These bugs are made of metal and reflect Sam's light beams. But with those to kill, there is also a deadly sickness that makes the ill person literally cough up their organs. 
We also come across Astrid who is very smart. Here she must question her morals as she decides wether or not to kill her little brother, Petey. Little Pete, has autism and is the creator of the FAYZ. He also seems to have the power to get rid of FAYZ and make things disappear when under stress. Astrid wants to kill her brother because she thinks that by doing so, she may destroy the FAYZ and everything in it. 
Besides the boy/girl with a whip-hand, the metal bugs are a new creepy mutation in FAYZ. Previously, we came across talking coyotes, worms that think and eat through skin, flying snakes, and weird blue bats. 
What I loved about this book was that not only does it capture your attention and make you want more, but it provokes thought and you see the characters question everything they've been taught. You see them change, whether it's for good or for worse, but you also see what happens because of their desions. 
Although I thought this was very good, it left me with questions that I dearly hope will be answered in the next book if he does make one. And I do hope so! 
My question for you today is, what would you do if there was no adults? What would your role in the new society be and how would it affect you?

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