Friday, November 20, 2015

Lies by Michael Grant

Lies by Michael Grant
2010, HarperCollins
Series: Book 3 of Gone

Synopsis: It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

The Good: I had been on the fence about the abilities the kids had developed in the first two books in the series, but I've grown to fully appreciate them now. Without them, the series would just be Stephen King's Under the Dome, but with only kids. The abilities makes this series something completely different and with each book we understand a little bit more the how and the why of it all. Lies is probably has the fastest pace of the series so far, with a huge amount of action happening in a short time frame. It was very hard to put down. There was never a good place to take a break. I needed to know what was going to happen next at the end of each chapter I couldn't help but continue. I really liked the addition of the new characters and the possibility they bring to the story.

The Bad: The characters become super infuriating at times. All of them really. It's as though they wallow in their flaws. Some don't seem to realize, yet others acknowledge them over and over again and never change. Astrid especially. She started out fine in Gone, but by this 3rd book she's become an obnoxious caricature of her original self. For someone so smart you'd think she could manage to be a little less concerned about God may think and a little more concerned about what's actually happening around her.

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