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Young Adult Fiction 2604
Second Best Installment...THRILLING!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
WARNING! There are no spoilers in this review, but this is the FOURTH BOOK in the Gone Series. The first three are GONE, HUNGER, and LIES, and now PLAGUE!

PLAGUE opens perfectly, starting off eerily as usual. It’s been eight months since every adult disappeared, leaving out hero Sam Temple alone to lead the group of heroes, of enemies. But not everything is perfect when there are no adults, and in the most exhilarating installment yet, Michael Grant relentlessly pulls the reader into the story and does not let them go.

The characters are many in the Gone Series, each one different with an odd ability, each one with a personal struggle unique and interesting. Some reviews say that there are too many characters in the pages of Plague, but I love the wide-spread of them. Some authors do what Michael has gone, but give their characters the same description and personality, same struggle. But the characters here are so easy to tell apart I wish there were more!

I find PLAGUE to be a bit more mature than the other books, but as the events begin to lead to the climax of the last book, LIGHT, I am glad Michael does not skim the surface of the horrid acts and bad things that could happen when kids are left without authority. It’s chilling to think that the characters are believable, plucked from the everyday world and plopped into a story where parents have evaporated.

This book is one of the best in the series, and is a MUST READ
Good Points
The Character Development - I though every character in PLAGUE developed in their own way. Bravery was a MUST in this new installment, the main moral to what happens! Astrid ended up being my favorite character (those who have read it don't hate me, i can't really explain why i like her,) and Dekka is extremely heart-wrenching in parts!

The Foreshadowing - Okay, well, there are no spoilers when i say this, but there is foreshadowing in the book that is dropped not-so-subtely around the beginning chapters. It has to do with wind, and you'd think it's just normal, but then you remember something EXTREMELY important! Love it!

The Plot - THE PLOT! THE PLOT! Besides Lies this has the best plot of the series, though the plot is vaguely described in the front-flap description, it's hard to sum up all that happens in this book! Hardship increases in this one!

The Ending - the best ending in the entire series so far! Heart-pumping, with the cliffhanger endings the switching of the many action scenes going on simutaenously! With all the characters Michael creates different plots that seem unjoinable, but he weaves them together in the final chapter!
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