Gone by Michael Grant

Summary: In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE. Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

Review: This book is advertised as "If Stephen King wrote Lord of the Flies this would be the result." Or at least something to that effect. I can't say anything about Stephen King as I haven't completely read any of his books, but this book is very much like a modern Lord of the Flies (which I loved). I really liked Sam as a character. You learn early on why he is the "hero" of this book, but at first the last thing he wants to be is the hero. In fact he runs away from leading the kids in order to do something else. I really like that because in most cases like this the hero is all "I am in charge and I will save everybody, then everyone will love me and I will be amazing!" Yeah well Sam isn't like that at all. The trio seemed very Harry Potter-ish. The heroic main character, the funny best friend, and the know-it-all best girl friend. Except for well one thing which I'll leave out, but it should be pretty obvious. The twist was pretty crazy. Sad and crazy is more like it. I am so ready to read Hunger and Lies now so I will have to pick those up soon.