Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 26, 2009
Edition: Paperback (590 pages)
Genre: YA Dystopia
Cover Review: The covers in this series are rather boring, though the models always portray characters from the story. I think this is Diana and Caine?
Series: Gone #2
Main Character: Sam Temple
It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.
Three months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.
Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.
But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
Hunger brought even more to the table than Gone did. All of the characters are back, and some new ones are even introduced. Since the FAYZ has been up and running for three months, everyone is becoming hungry, as food has run low. When the FAYZ first began, all the stores were raided and now just about nothing is left. Sam decides that maybe it's time for kids to start doing some work, though nobody wants to join in and help even if helping guarantees survival. Some kids will never understand.
Everyone is hungry, and so is Gaiaphage. The Gaiaphage is a creature that lives in the caves. It can control people with its mind. It's scary, some of the people that it decides to control. Kids could lose their lives because of what The Gaiaphage does. The Gaiaphage's main goal is unknown, though let's hope that it never achieves it.
Though the hunger is new, one thing stays the same: children are still disappearing once they hit the age of fifteen. What happens after this is still unknown... the question is, would you want to know?
Sam is as great as ever. He continues trying to help everyone out, though maybe he doesn't want to. Sam knows that everyone relies on him though, and he won't let anyone down... especially Astrid and Little Pete. There is still no more word of Astrid's power, so I hope that more of that gets mentioned in future books. There's a lot of potential with her. Little Pete is still cute and helpless, though he has one of the best powers. He can pull himself and anyone else into a completely different place, though he still hasn't gotten out of the FAYZ. Brianna has my favorite superpower: superspeed. How cool would it be to whip around town at lightning speed? Yeah, thought so. Computer Jack is still stuck in between. I feel as if he's just going to whatever side he believes will help him the most in life. He doesn't seem to like sticking up for himself either. Diana and Caine continue to be evil, though they are still my favorite characters.
One kid, Hunter, has the superpower of looking at someone and making them hot from the inside out. He's practically like a microwave. While in a fight with his friend, another friend steps between them and Hunter accidentally harms him. Because of this, a whole new war begins between humans and those with powers. How will Sam stop this one?
Hunger definitely made me want to read more, so I can't wait to check out Lies. Who knows what's in store next? If you have yet to check out this series, I seriously think that you should check it out NOW. It's unbelievably amazing. It combines all of my favorite things: superpowers, multiple POVS, and a mysterious setting.
Recommended for fans of:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
"I had a hard childhood. Hard for my parents. Not that bad for me."
"Superpowers don't always make you a superhero."
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!