The Book I Read in One Day

GUYS!! Who among you has walken down the dark, dark road that is the Gone series by Michael Grant? I (erica) discovered it when the first book, appropriately entitled Gone, went to paperback and was on display at the store we used to call Borders.

Then I read the next one. And the next-next one. And. . .well, it's a six book series. Yesterday I read all 432 pages of the last book, Light. Yes, yesterday as in all in one day. I even manged to feed my family a couple of times in the meantime.

Light (Gone, #6)
If you haven't read the series, I'll warn you now, it's dark (I'll refer you to the second sentence of this pseudo-review). I mean, the TITLES are even dark - Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, and Fear are the first five. From the first book in the series to the last, many kids die. Including babies and toddlers. Even including main characters. Many of them are killed by the same kids they used to sit next to in school. Almost everyone becomes some kind of a criminal. There's torture and alcoholism and sex, all in a world where no one over the age of 15 exists.
So, anyway, christy and I are doing quotes this month. Here are a few from the series - let me know in the comments if you've read any of them and especially if you've finished Light!
(all quotes taken from Goodreads)
“You can't be trapped by other people, you can only be trapped by your own fear. Defy and win.” (Hunger)
“Superpowers, don't always make you a superhero." - Duck  (Hunger)
“Ninth graders with machine guns: its hard to make that a happy story.”  (Gone)
“Dekka laughed... "Sam: you're still the leader. You're always going to be the leader. It's not something you choose: it's something you are.”  (Plague)
“Sam’s probably out there somewhere being his usual heroic self,” Caine said. “I can’t let that boy save the world all alone. I’d never live it down.”  (Light)
“It's a good thing to read a lot. It's a good thing to write a lot. The best thing to do is to live a lot. Fall in love. Fall out of love. Make a fool of yourself. Watch other people make fools of themselves. Believe something stupid and then realize you've been tricked. Feel embarrassed. Be brave and bold. Then be cowardly and pathetic. Give a damn about the world outside yourself. Have some very dark nights. It's all good. You'll use all of it.”  (Michael Grant)


  1. Wow! I'm amazed at how much you wrote. My daughter really liked this series too. I'd like to read it if I get time.

  2. I'm with Natalie. Whoa...all in one day. Totally impressive. Dang it. Looks like I'm going to have to seek out this series, too. I gave the first book away a while ago on my blog as a prize. Maybe I should have kept it. LOL

  3. Those actually sound like my kind of books! I love dark stuff. I'll have to check them out.


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