Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lies by Michael Grant

Published: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 447 pages
Series: Gone, #3
First Line: "Obscene graffiti."

It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness--or so they thought.
As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?
Michael Grant did a fantastic job with this one, but the first three books now feel like one big book. 

I’m not bashing LIES, but the first three books now feel like one big story. The problems are still the same and only a few characters mature and grew in LIES. But all the crazy action and major plot twists in the story always make up for any flaws in this series. 
Beside that one flaw, LIES was perfectly done. With any Michael Grant book, we have tons of action and loads of suspension. And the Darkness inside the book really creeps me to death. Michael Grant’s writing style is the most intricate and powerful writing style I have ever read. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend you do so. 
The characters don’t grow that much in LIES. Sam does mature a lot in this book; he accepts his role as a leader and is ready to overcome in anything that might take him down in the FAYZ. And stupid Caine: I can’t stand him. He is the worst fictional character I have ever read (he surpasses Voldemort for me!). And we get to see an entire new side of Little Petey in LIES that shocked me beyond belief.
Overall, the third book in the Gone series, LIES, was perfectly done, but the storyline is starting to feel the same. Hopefully, somethings will change in PLAGUE.

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