So I’m actually in a competition with all my friends to see who can finish this series first! I’ve just started the second book so hopefully I’ll win 😀
In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.
There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…
Warning, this goes into my thoughts and contains spoilers!!! You’ve been warned 🙂
In a world where the adults and people over the age of fifteen have disappeared or ‘poofed’, Sam must find a way to navigate his way through a new world where an impenetrable barrier surrounds their town of Perdido beach, not to mention, he has to figure out his mysterious powers, and the powers of Caine, the charming fourteen year old who seizes power, and rejects all mutants.
My thoughts: the book opens in Perdido beach high school, where all over fifteen disappear at the same moment. The premise of the book was originally very interesting, and sparked my interest immediately, it’s different from most YA/sci-fi fantasy and the story is unique and gripping. It then went to the go to stereotypical YA trope, and immediately revealed who the main character was going to fall in love with by the end of the book and/or series. This is one of the things that irritates me whilst reading books.
All the children go to the plaza in the middle of the town, and I enjoyed the realism of the situation, Michael Grant really managed to capture what would actually would happen in a situation like this, kids would go crazy, hysteria, and would probably end up robbing stores just to get all the free candy 😀 The only thing I didn’t understand was Astrid’s complete calmness over her lost brother. She expresses her worry but only after everyone has managed to get to the plaza, and even when she can’t find him, her reaction seems subdued.
I liked how the ‘powers’ of the children were explained as mutations, and were linked with the FAYZ wall and the power plant. I also realised that each mutants powers related to the individuals fears. For example, Sam is afraid of the dark, so has powers of light, and I’m presuming because Astrid is so smart, she’s afraid about not being able to read peoples personality, so has the power to do this. And of course, Caine is afraid of losing control, and his power allows him to control everyone.
I found the ending a little anticlimactic and unrealistic, after the build up the book created towards this inevitable fight between Sam and Caine, their fight seemed a little short, and after the fight, everyone seemed to go back to normal, all the children acting the exact same way as before. No change to attitudes or feelings.
So there was one thing that annoyed me more than anything else, and I thought I would save this till last. Lana. Her entire personality was extremely annoying. And I know these reviews are supposed to be more fair, but something about her character I can’t really explain was agitating. Maybe it was that she seemed to have no resistance against whatever side she was working for, and seemed to have very little emotion towards anything.
My rating: 3/5 stars
If you liked this then you’ll like… The maze runner
Songs I listened to: These four walls and Sparks fly
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