Thursday, December 12, 2013
LIES by MICHAEL GRANT
*scroll down for my thoughts on the first two books*
Okay, quick recap: Perdido Beach, California. Everyone over 15 years of age poofs! Disappears. Gone. Massive wall appears at the same time, twenty miles in diameter, the centre of which is the nuclear power plant. Survivors, the kids, have to figure out what is going on and also learn to survive without adults. To make matters worse there is an evil presence, a supernatural creature, that is determined to destroy them (if they don't destroy themselves first!). Oh, and some of the kids are developing X-Men like superpowers.
GONE knocked me on my ass. HUNGER blew me away.
LIES was a really really good middle of the pack book. For me it wasn't as thrilling, nail biting, as the first two books. That said, it was still damn good! Really good.
I think if you have read the first two books in the series, there is probably no way you aren't going to enjoy LIES. Probably my main beef (and I use that for lack of a better word) would be that the main story does not move forward. And that's fine. The GONE world is a big one and there are many places and people to explore. In LIES we meet some new and interesting characters and hang with some of the regulars as they face a new threat from the evil presence in the mine shaft near Hermit Jim's Shack.
The best thing about this series is seeing the changes come over the different characters as the challenges they face steadily grow more difficult and their situation becomes more and more desperate. No one here is static. They are changing. Some are growing into roles they are meant to grow into, while others are being twisted and forced into moulds they do not fit.
This is a kick ass series. I can't recommend it enough. If you are looking for something better than THE HUNGER GAMES. If you want something to keep you captivated the way TWILIGHT did. If you want something that mixes both those series and adds a little X-MEN and LORD OF THE FLIES, this is the series for you.
Get into the GONE series now!
Posted by Andrew Leonard at 9:32 AM