2009, Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Book 2 of Gone
Three months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.
Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.
But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
The Good: I continue to love the whole base premise of this series. With all the adults away for months now, real life issues are taking hold. A need for food is at a prime and you've got kids who just don't want to do anything to help. There is an extreme amount of action in this installment and it keeps the book fast-paced throughout.
The Bad: Sam, as leader, is doing his best, but ehh . . . it's not the most entertaining story line. It's realistic, but kind of blah. And the whole superpower/ability part of the story remains hard to grasp.