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Lies (Gone, 3) – tekijä: Michael Grant
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Lies (Gone, 3) (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Michael Grant (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Gone (3)

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As conditions worsen in the FAYZ, where supernatural forces have trapped children under the age of fifteen and resources are running out, it becomes tempting to heed the words of a prophet who says that only death will set them free.
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Teoksen nimi:Lies (Gone, 3)
Kirjailijat:Michael Grant (Tekijä)
Info:Katherine Tegen Books (2014), Edition: Illustrated, 464 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 46) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
3.5-4 stjerner udelukkende på grund af slutningen! ( )
  Hyms | Aug 9, 2020 |
It's incredible. This series could be the poster-child for Murphy's Law, because every time stuff can get worse, it does. Whenever there's the potential for something to get more twisted, it will. And yet it's still mind-blowingly suspenseful and emotional.

As some problems in the FAYZ start to be resolved, more simply rear their heads. Systems for money and food are as good as can be expected, but then the council system begins to fall apart. Kids still run amok, unwilling to follow the rules that Astrid, desperate for order but unable to think beyond logic, wants to set down. And then chaos begins. The dream-seer Orsay is gathering a cult following that calls her the Prophetess, and she claims she can see the world outside the FAYZ. Zil and his Human Crew want to annihilate every superpowered "freak" in Perdido Beach, by whatever means necessary. Caine wants to find a mysterious island off the mainland rumored to be full of food. And both Brittany and Drake, kids deemed undeniably dead, are seen walking again. Once more, the book rushes seamlessly from horror to horror, scene to scene, ending in another adrenaline-shot climax that you almost have to read a couple times for everything to sink in.

I love what this series has done for the concepts of true survival, dystopia, and human nature. There is no sugarcoating, there is no shying away from what desperate, afraid, cruel, lost people will do. There's only a brutally honest portrait of survival in the hellish FAYZ, never mind the addition of the superpowers. In this series, perhaps more than any other, do I see one of the truest portraits of kids, and people in general. There are no perfect relationships, there are no perfect people, and there are no easy choices. These kids sink to the depths of inhuman brutality and perform feats of incredible selflessness and courage (and everything in between), many of them doing some of both.

The character development is also amazing, because it's subtle. It took me by surprise when I found myself wanting to cheer for Howard, slap some sense into Astrid, shake Mary, applaud Quinn, or hug Diana. Because it's not until these horrific circumstances that you watch these people change before your very eyes, and you understand something about how easy we have it, about how much we take for granted, and about how much credit we give ourselves as "moral" and "upstanding" human beings. I also love the way new characters are introduced, given their own backgrounds and personalities, and then phased teasingly away from, hinting at their involvement in later chapters or books.

I don't know how I'll stand the wait for PLAGUE. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
I don't think folks are generally going to look to a review of the third book in a six-book series to help them decide whether or not to give the series as a whole a try, but in case you are that person who really wants to know if their investment is going to pay off: I can't speak for the rest, but so far this has been my favourite of the series. The elements of the preceding books -- the social unrest and horror in these kids' lives, the relationships they've developed, the new abilities they possess, and how the Big Bad factors into and manipulates all of these things -- all reach a sort of equilibrium that serves to tell a very solid and affecting story.

I'm not the first person to compare this series to Lord of the Flies meets X-Men with a dash of Stephan King horror stylings. I've wondered about it being written for teenagers, not because of the gore (my tolerance for gore is pretty much the same as it was when I was a teenager, which is fairly high) but because of the brutality of the characters. (I'm not necessarily equating brutality with violence, though that's part of it; even the least violent characters have a certain unflinching aspect to how they're depicted.) By the rules of the world, no one is over 15 years old when the series starts, and by the time we reach this book only 7 months have passed. Yet it never gives any quarter to the idea that children have an inherent innocence to them -- more naive, perhaps, or less experienced, but ultimately functioning as people, capable of good and evil. And not storybook good and evil. This the more mundane evil that exists in our world and in ourselves, the kind that's ugly and hard to look at, and the kind of good that can be hard to distinguish.

As a teenager, it wouldn't have shocked me to read this book -- because I knew myself to be a real person and what those my age were capable of, because I was immersed in it as a matter of course and that was my frame of reference. As an adult, however, it takes me aback to see this depiction of kids, because I would only expect it in an adult novel. Lord of the Flies is not a kids book, really. It's too open to the adult gaze. It's a story that points at children and says, look how awful these creatures are. They're just like us. Can you believe it? Gone, however, is for the kids it's depicting, and it says to them, you're just like us, and we're not afraid to look at you. Who you are now, what you're capable of now, means something now, not for the unknowable, intangible person you're supposedly going to "grow up" to be. Though even that may be giving the adult presence too much credit. You could debate the literary merits of Gone compared to Lord of the Flies, but I feel that what Gone does for this aspect of young adult storytelling is important in its own right. So while it's a good comparison to draw in a reader, it also forgets what is possibly the most unique element.

Sounds fun, right? I'll admit the first two books stressed me out at times, and once or twice I had to step away from them temporarily. But this one has settled into the story enough that these themes began to stand out to me, and that allowed me to be immersed in it and for the story to really soar. But what makes the series as a whole (and what is strong throughout, not just in this book) is its characters. It's a large ensemble of distinctive and superbly written characters, and the way their individual stories weave into the larger plot and with the stories of other characters is handled deftly and with real pathos. It's frankly just a pleasure to read, and a lot of these characters are going to stick with me. It's also a very diverse ensemble: the female POV characters equal the number of males, and in fact might outnumber them, though the girls may just loom larger in my mind because of their sheer awesome. There are a lot of PoCs, including black (both African-American and African), Native American, South American, Indian and Asian. There is also at least one queer character, a black lesbian named Dekka, arguably the most badass of them all. And none of these are tokens -- they are integral, and run the gamut from good to bad to in between. Grant often takes his time in describing the ethnicity of his PoC; it is always relevant to who they are, but it's also not the only or most significant thing by which they are to be defined.

4.5 stars, half a star only taken off for the last few pages, which 1) should have been shown, not told and 2) failed to answer a few questions that may be addressed in a subsequent book but should have been addressed here. As a technical note, this book has convinced me that I would someday like to own a hard copy of the series (I bought the first two on my kindle, and this one was from the library), but that's not going to happen until the covers change. Seriously, the cover art is atrocious and a damn shame. ( )
  Jeeps | Sep 21, 2019 |

X meets Y: Wild West meets Lord of the Flies

Thoughts: This book was pretty good. The nature of the series has you losing characters and gaining characters with each book. I just couldn't get behind these new characters yet. Michael Grant is awesome at putting kids through the wringer.

Coming Back for more?: Yep!
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  Vulco1 | Oct 12, 2018 |
Awesome as always. Great book, great story line I couldn't put it down... I ( )
  puredragonstar | Mar 21, 2018 |
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As conditions worsen in the FAYZ, where supernatural forces have trapped children under the age of fifteen and resources are running out, it becomes tempting to heed the words of a prophet who says that only death will set them free.

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