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The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King.
In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. 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. . . .
Talk about these questions with your friends or family when you read the book.
- What do you think life is like for characters who live in a dystopian society?
- You’re used to living in a world where technology like cellphones and the internet are at your fingertips, now these things are gone. Would you have coped with the absence of these things the same way the characters did? Why or why not?
- What theme in this novel sticks out the most to you?
- What makes someone a hero? In the novel, who do you think is most deserving of the title hero? Sam? Mary? Astrid? In what ways do these characters differ, and in what ways are they similar in their heroism?
It’s 12:01am, the day of your birthday and you know that the inevitable can happen today—you disappear without a trace.
Write a short story about the day of your birthday and how you manage to survive it without disappearing.
Make Your Own FAYZ Map
In the novels, the characters utilize a FAYZ map that shows predicted radiation patterns in the town of Perdido. Create a map that shows specific areas of your town or the neighborhood you live in. Instead of radiation patterns, have your map to include your favorite place to eat or relax.
This is hide and seek, but backwards!
Only one person goes to hide and then everyone else goes on their own to seek them out.
When one of the seekers finds the hider, they have to join them in their hiding place.
Hopefully they didn’t hide somewhere cramped, because the seeker has to squeeze into their hiding space with them.
All of the seekers have to squish in with the hider until there’s only one person seeking.
The last person who is still looking for the group loses the game and becomes the hider the next round.
What happens next? Read or listen to the whole Gone series: