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Light (Gone) – tekijä: Michael Grant

Light (Gone)

– tekijä: Michael Grant

Sarjat: Gone (6)

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"Answers to every mystery of the FAYZ are revealed, unexpected heroes emerge as sacrifices are made, and the Darkness is finally conquered by a force even more powerful than itself in this conclusion to the Gone series"--
Teoksen nimi:Light (Gone)
Kirjailijat:Michael Grant
Info:Hardie Grant Egmont, Edition: Special edition
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Light (tekijä: Michael Grant)

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En overraskende tilfredsstillende slutning på en serie, der måske trak liiiige lovlig i langdrag. ( )
  Hyms | Aug 9, 2020 |
Now, I’ve never read the rest of the series, so I can’t say whether Light is better or worse than the other books. However, as far as this book goes as a standalone, I can tell you a few interesting pieces of information that may (or may not) entice you into buying the book. First things first, I liked Light. It took me a while to really understand what the story was all about – seeing as I didn’t read the predecessors of Light – but eventually I got the idea and from there on it was smooth sailing. Secondly, I didn’t really like the writing style. But if we keep in mind the fact that this is a Young Adult book, the short sentences and chapters kind of makes sense. As for the characters… well, I’m sure there was a lot more development in that regard in the previous books, but in Light it didn’t really make the cut. That being said, the storyline definitely has a lot to offer.

Light is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller for a younger audience, but it was a fun read even for a New Adult (me) audience. The action starts almost immediately, and by the time you reach the last page you can’t believe you’ve finished reading the book in one sitting. Light’s really exciting. Nevertheless, I do wish I had read the other books before I delved into this novel, which is why I would advise interested readers to rather start with Gone and work their way through to Light. Now, yes I’m not sure if the other books were as good as Light – as I’ve mentioned earlier – but I am sure it would make for easier understanding of what’s happening. I for one am definitely going to get my hands on the previous books, because Light definitely got me interested in the series. Michael Grant may not exactly write in the way I’m accustomed (and comfortable) with, but the storyline has me hooked in some strange way.

So, what’s the verdict?

Your darlings will definitely enjoy this series, but buy Gone first. Light is great and I really enjoyed it, so the verdict is thus to get your hands on this series. It’s definitely worth the read while we’re awaiting some other Young Adult novels to be released this year.

(Review originally posted on www.tentaclebooks.com) ( )
  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
I am way more than a few years out of the prime demographic for the GONE series, six YA books that has been described as “LORD OF THE FLIES with super powers,” not to mention more than a little of LOST. But as I have said, a good story is a good story, no matter what the genre, and nine years ago, when I glimpsed the first book, GONE, on a table in a Barnes & Noble with a Stephen King reference on the cover, my interest was instantly piqued, and after reading the short synopsis on the back, it immediately went on my must get list for Christmas. I have been a lifelong reader of comic books and a sucker for a story where a sundry group of characters are cut off from civilization and must fend for themselves or unite or perish in the face of an adversary. In the ensuing years, I devoured the first book and its successors – HUNGER, LIES, PLAUGE, and FEAR – and enjoyed each one thoroughly, believing them to be, not only the one of the best YA series I have ever read, but one of the best scifi/fantasy series as well.

In this, I have to give all credit to author Michael Grant, who has given us not just another trope ridden teen dystopia, but an epic with great and compelling characters, filled with virtues and flaws, and who undergo interesting arcs. Grant also comes up with a central premise that hooks the reader from the get-go: in the middle of a bright sunny day, every person over the age of 15 simply vanishes in a 20 mile radius from the little southern California beach town of Perdido Beach, leaving the teens and the younger children completely on their own due to an impenetrable barrier that keeps them in and the outside world out. The area within the barrier is dubbed the Fallout Alley Youth Zone or FAYZ for short. Bullies are now free to terrorize without consequence, while others can party day and night, drinking and smoking whatever they want with no worries about parents. What’s more, some kids soon start exhibiting mutant powers – the ability to shoot killing light beams from their hands, telekinesis, super strength, super speed, the ability to heal with a touch – along with mutating animal life, which includes flesh eating parasitic bugs and a pack of super nasty intelligent talking coyotes. Sides are formed, friendships are made, while others are ruptured, enemies square off as guns are drawn and used as the battle for survival begins to stretch into a week, then a month, and then a year. Meanwhile a disembodied evil alien intelligence, who appears to be responsible for the whole state of affairs, sits at the bottom of a mine shaft and plots to escape. Grant does not shy away from the violent aspects of his story; in fact, he wants the reader to be shocked by the image of a child carrying a rifle taller than themselves and using it against other children. Kids die in these, some in terrible ways, and while Grant does not dwell on the gore, you know what is going on; as an author, he clearly trusts his readers, and trusts that the teens whom these books are aimed at can more than handle some strong stuff.

One of the things I really liked about these books is that Grant treads on ground that other YA authors tiptoe around, making it plain that these young characters have sex lives, and that faith is truly important to some of them. There is more than one religious argument, and I like it that the author shows respect for all sides, and allows traumatic events and turns of fate to test the beliefs of believer and skeptic alike without ridiculing either side. And though the cast is multi ethnic, I never had the feeling that Grant had resorted to the kind of box checking diversity that seems so common in pop culture now. Albert and Dekka are black, Sanjit is from India, and Edilio is Hispanic, but their ethnicity is not what makes them stand out, it is their personalities and what they do that makes them so memorable, whether it is Albert’s ability as an entrepreneur that helps keep everyone fed, or Edilio’s courage and leadership when things get tough despite him being an illegal immigrant and the ultimate outsider at the beginning. The strong emphasis on characterization, more than anything else, is what makes the GONE series work and what sticks in the readers mind afterward. Sam, the hero of the books, might be a natural born leader, but is often overwhelmed and pushed to the breaking point; his girlfriend, Astrid, might be a genius, but she can’t figure a way out of the FAYZ; Quinn is Sam’s best friend, but fear and jealously propels him toward an act of betrayal; Orc is the bully who becomes a literal monster and is overcome with regret; Lana can heal with a touch of her hands, but then has to flee the pain of her patients; Cain, Sam’s twin and rival, is a private academy bad boy, and does anything and everything to make himself a king. All of them, and many more, a rise and fall and rise again to the challenges the story throws at them, only the psychopathic sadist, Drake, could be considered an irredeemable bad guy without possibility of redemption. Michael Grant was well past 50 when these books were written, yet he has no problem writing totally believable 21st Century teenagers.

Another secret to the success of the GONE series is Grant’s writing style, for the man knows how to keep things moving while giving us just enough description and background to paint the picture in our minds. Most of his scenes are relatively short, and he masterfully jumps POV’s multiple times in a chapter, but never lets us forget whose eyes through which we are viewing the action. He never confuses the reader or fails to let us know where we are in the story, which constantly shifts locales, no small feat for a writer to pull off. Each book is built around a standalone crisis inside the FAYZ, such as the possibility of starvation in HUNGER, or a deadly flu in PLAGUE, and he sets a clock at the start of each book and lets it tick down chapter by chapter, until the confrontation and resolution at the end – a great way to generate and keep up the suspense. I have taken up the keyboard and written a few novels myself, and published them online, and I am incredibly impressed with the way Grant pulls it all off; he writes a sprawling story with a massive cast of characters and keeps it all together in a way any aspiring writer should want to study.

I must admit that the series finale, titled LIGHT, sat on my shelf a few years, as other book reading projects grabbed my attention. I will also admit to being a little wary, because bringing a great story in for the landing can be very difficult for an author, and extremely frustrating, and potentially disappointing for the patient reader. Simply put, a great premise does not automatically guarantee a perfect resolution, as commercial concerns and reader expectations sometimes lead good writers astray. Grant has done a great job of building up the suspense and dread, and in the Giaiphage (the fusion of alien virus and human DNA) he has created a truly formidable villain. After taking over the body of the infant daughter of Cain and Diana at the end of FEAR, Gaia, as she calls herself, is a growing monstrosity, imbued with all of the mutant powers inside the FAYZ and hell bent on killing every single survivor before freeing itself and spreading destruction to the outside world. At the same time, the outside world can now see inside the barrier, and has gotten an idea of what’s going on in there, and it does not like what it sees, causing us to fear for Sam and the others who have been forced to do terrible things to survive. The adults will never understand is the unspoken dread hanging over the FAYZ. Sam and Cain are forced to work together against Gaia, Drake is reanimated (yet again), and dreams of whipping Astrid to death, Albert has run away to an island, and Quinn can’t find enough fish to keep everyone fed, and it falls to Edilio to try and hold things together in Perdido Beach.

I am happy to say that Michael Grant rose to the challenge he had set for himself and delivered an ending that satisfied; though there is a lot of suffering and death before hand, there is also redemption and sacrifice, and a farewell between two lovers that will surely bring tears to some eyes. I am also glad that Grant lets some of our characters get the fates they have earned, although some favorites do die before it is all wrapped up. If I have any criticism, it would be that Grant may have let this series run one book too many, as a lot of scenes, especially the ones where Sam, Astrid and Edilio are desperately trying to figure out how to confront the impending doom and arguing over what potentially suicidal choice they will have to make. I also applaud him for forthrightly tackling the subject of teen sexuality head on in this book, not shying away from showing safe sex between our heroes, and implying that unprotected sex between the villains is responsible for the birth of a monster. All of this would have been verboten in YA fiction a couple decades ago, and it is a welcome and stark contrast to Stephanie Meyer, who could barely write the words when it came time to acknowledge that Bella and Edward Cullen had consummated their relationship.
After the success of the Harry Potter films, and with Hollywood looking for hot YA properties, there was talk a few years back of a possible movie or TV adaptation of the GONE series. It was sold to Sony in the early 2010’s, but nothing has been green lighted. Though I like the thought of Sam and company being portrayed in a live action show, I think much of the material; especially a literal adaptation of the book, with its violence and gore inflicted by and upon children, is problematic in an era of school mass shootings. It might rub too many sensibilities the wrong way. One problem with a TV series or multiple movies would be that a young cast would rapidly age out of their roles. In an interview, Grant talked of meeting with producers who immediately wanted to make all the kids older than fourteen, more like high school seniors so they can then hire twenty something actors to play kids like they did on THE MAZE RUNNER or just about every teen show on the CW. Seeing the GONE books get the CW treatment is the last thing any fan wants to see, but with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon producing shows right and left, anything could be possible. Shout out to Amber Grey, who did the cover art for the books, thanks to her, we already know what all the principle characters look like.

In the end, it was hard to say goodbye to Sam and Astrid, Cain and Diana, Edilio, Brianna, Quinn, Drake, Lana, Dekka, Albert and all the rest, but as every faithful reader knows by now, Michael Grant has returned to the universe begot by the FAYZE; MONSTERS, published last year, is the first part of a proposed trilogy where the alien virus that created the super teens and monsters of the GONE books has returned. I know what I’m getting for Christmas. ( )
  wb4ever1 | Sep 24, 2018 |
But, I don't want to leave The FAYZ! I love it too much. ( )
  GinaFava | Apr 11, 2018 |
Sweet Baby Jesus! This book was FAN-FRICKING-TASTIC! Holy God, I never thought I would love a book series staring young teenagers, but I ate this series up! Excellent writing and character development. Battle scenes, death, destruction, fear, love, it's all there! This series is definitely a must-read! ( )
  Moore31 | Feb 25, 2018 |
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