Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Fear (ARC) Book Review
This week I'm going to review Fear by Michael Grant. This is the fifth book in the Gone series. This is one of my favorite book series' ever. I like the plot, the characters, and the dialogue. I got to read this book so early because I was one of the few people to receive an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy), the reason these are sent out are so the publisher and the author get an idea of what the reactions would be. This was the first ARC I've ever received, and I was extremely excited about it. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:
This is a blood-pumping, white-knuckle sci-fi thriller of epic proportions. Night is falling in the FAYZ. Even though it's been nearly a year since everyone over the age of fifteen disappeared, the sun has continued to shine on the kids of Perdido Beach. Now, though, the gaiaphage has blotted out the sun and plunged the FAYZ into perpetual gloom. Divided and dispirited, the survivors face their greatest enemy yet - the darkness of their own minds...
My first impression of this book was obviously good, because I've read the earlier books in the series, and this cover didn't disappoint me, I loved that it looked grimy and dark. It definitely captured the mood of the book. After so many years of reading this series, you would think it would get a little predictable... but it doesn't. Everything that happened in this book took me by surprise. This book was shocking from beginning to end. You find out new things about the kids of the FAYZ, the leaders of the FAYZ, and things about the FAYZ itself. This is the first Gone novel to show the perspective of those from the outside. I couldn't believe what happened at the end of this book. The trials Dianna goes through in this book took me by surprise as well. Some of my favorite characters have secrets of their own, like Edilio, I didn't see that one coming and was kind of appalled by it. The idea of a full blackout in the FAYZ was great. I was scared just reading about it, and I didn't think of how helpless some of the mutants would be in the dark. I give this book 5/5 stars because it skyrocketed past my expectations and took me by surprise... I couldn't put it down. I'm anxiously awaiting the next and last book, Light, by Michael Grant. This is my favorite book series. Grant is a great author, and makes writing seem easy. I can't wait. You definitely need to check this book out when it's released in April!