Book Review | Gone
By Caitlin Hill
What would you do if all the adults disappeared? Gone by Michael Grant is a dystopian science fiction novel about a town that has been robbed of its adults. All that’s left are children under the age of 16. Internet, phones, television don’t work anymore. They are barricaded from the rest of society by a dome. Some start to develop powers - supernatural abilities beyond belief, with bullies ruling and two fighting schools.
This novel alternates between multiple points of view, from the smartest girl in the school to a boy developing powers. The main antagonist is a boarding school full of ‘psycho’ children, and a mysterious creature somehow linked to the powers. This is the first novel of six primary novels in the series. Character development was a little too fast, but the story was told at a good pace. I found that the novel had a lot of similarities to Stephen King’s Under the Dome which made the novel a little underwhelming.
Overall, the book is great and I would definitely recommend it.
Book Review | Shutter
By Mariana Salama
Love at first sight? More like love at first murder. Shutter, by Laurie Faria Stolarz is the story of two teenagers who slowly fall in love because of a horrendous murder. Most people would be terrified at the idea of housing a murderer, not Day Connor, the main character of this novel.
When Day walked into the convenience store, she noticed a tall suspicious looking male. She followed him out of the store. Click click two pictures taken! Day takes pictures of Julian. He feels her presence and turns around slowly, but to his surprise, nothing is there. Nothing but the sound of his beating heart and his quaking fingers. “I’m on the run,” he says to himself. “She can’t find out.” If you want to read a truly mind boggling, heart-felt book, Shutter is for you!
The author Laurie Faria Stolarz, is an American author of young adult fiction novels. Her works, which showcase teenage protagonists, incorporate elements found in mystery and romance novels. She is the author of: Deadly Little Secrets, Blue is for Nightmares, and Project 17.