The much awaited new book from Michael Grant has arrived and a few have already flown out the door. The fifth book in the series that started with Gone, a book thats been apart of our Top Fifteen for Teens since its beginning. We didn’t even know it was going to be a series then! But we stand by our choice and by the looks of it theres some kids out there who agree with us.
Everyone in town over the age of fourteen has completely disappeared and the chaos you might expect rapidly unfolds, from blind panic to the band of bullies who want to take control. 13-yr-old Sam becomes a sort of leader without meaning to, that is until the secretive but seemingly organised boarding school kids come back to town. Did I mention they can’t get past the painful dome to the nuclear power plant enclosing them that seems to be the reason for all this madness? Then there’s talking seagulls and people start getting interesting abilities and powers… And that’s just the first book. If your looking for a new series to hook your young teen into these Lord Of The Flies-esque adventures could be it.
Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague and Fear are all out now and in stock at Fairfieldbooks, $22.95.
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+
Here is the other half of our top 20 for teenagers. Remember though, as a teenage girl myself, several of these titles rank among my favourite books of this age group so don’t be afraid to mix it up!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Burning Eddy by Scot Gardner
The Cave by Susanne Gervay
Dougy by James Moloney
Gone by Michael Grant
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
Airman by Eoin Colfer
The Great Gatenby by John Marsden
When Dogs Cry by Markus Zusak