A page-turner packed with anticipation and thrill, Gone would never dare to give you some sleep.
Woo. First of all, what a read! I have to admit, Gone was the first ever thriller that contradicts its size with how fast-paced it is! Can you imagine that?!
Gone is literally based off its title. What’s gone? Peace. Anyone aged over 14. Interaction or communication, satellite-based or physical, from outside a mysterious boundary. The “old” laws of physics, including: the absence mutation and “powers”. In short, gone is the normality that hindered the above mentioned.
Gone. Just, gone.
You see? From even the synopsis, I had already felt the suspense. Even from the first page, where the first few lines read:
One minute the teacher was talking about Civil War.
And the next minute he was gone.
No “poof”. No flash of light. No explosion.
There, within that few lines, I had already anticipated a lot of things: mystery. Curiosity. Suspense. Darkness.
But that wasn’t all. A good idea is nothing without good elements. What was good with Gone was that it was well-thought and well-crafted. First, the setting. It was very fitting with everything. Very. Beaches, forest, deserts, cliffs — you have a wide range of possible scenarios there! Next, the characters. Unpredictable. There were hints of capabilities, betrayal, regret, love, conscience, insanity — you all wouldn’t expect them. (view spoiler) For instance, Sam was capable of being a leader, only that he was on and off. And Drake was insane, like, literally. This unpredictability had a hand with the third: the plot. God, like I said, it was so thrilling even for a book with thickness that you would have your eyes glued on the pages. There would be absolutely A LOT to point out if I were to list what made me excited. To name a few: reason of powers (that happened even before The Fayz), reason (scientific or not) of The Fayz, Darkness, and where the people who “poofed” went. And with the dystopian theme and the third-person narration, it made things more serious and darker with many events. It was also consistent, not in a bad way, but in a way that my emotions hadn’t change, which would include absolutely anything related to tension. High tension, to quote Stephen King.
I guess the only weakness this book had was the age group this book is intended for, hence the age gap in the characters: 0-14 (view spoiler). I just thought that it would have been better if this were a young adult so there could have been a wider range of expressions and interactions like curse words without having to go through such a big deal of covering them up. But this wasn’t really a major problem, and in the end, I was fine with it, so no biggie.
P.S. I really wanted Drake, and Caine (by a bit), to die. Like Sam, what the hell, just kill them. But Sam’s just a kid. I couldn’t really expect him to do those stuff, so like I was saying, if he were older and if this book were a young adult, he could have done so. But that wasn’t really a big deal, so it was fine.
All in all, Gone contains a lot of carefully-constructed dark vibes, leaving you all jumpy and ready and wanting to know more — what happens next.
Fans who love dystopian books would love this.
A definite 5/5.