The sequel to the brilliant Gone (PB $19.95), which is one of our top 10 books for teenage boys, Hunger (PB $19.95) is the continuation of the story of the FAYZ, or Fall-out Adult Youth Zone. In Gone, everyone aged 15 and over blinked out of existence. One second they were there, the next they weren’t. Classrooms were left without teachers, cars without drivers and kids without parents. The kids left need a leader, they also need a parent, a security officer, someone to run the McDonalds and someone seriously clever to figure out what on earth is going on. The school bully wants to lead so he can have the power, but it is Sam that everyone else wants as mayor. It then falls on his reluctant shoulders to sort out every problem the FAYZ throws at them, from how to manage the supernatural powers that some kids seemed to have developed to who runs the daycare. Having suffered the losses that came with defeating Caine and the gang from the rival school, Coates Academy, once already, Sam is worried they might attack again. He is also worried about the killer mutant worms, the fact that food is running out, and most of all, Sam worries about The Darkness.
Michael Grant has written a thrilling adventure that teens will love. But Gone and Hunger will also make them think. These cleverly written books are about power, about who gets it and why, and about the responsibility thats comes with being a leader. They are about how normal people might need to be more than they thought they could be in a situation that is a long long way from normal.
HIGHLY recommended for boys and girls, but especially boys, 14+