Book Review: Lies


Michael Grant

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—or so they thought.

Perdido Beach burns and 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. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. But are the kids of Perdido Beach desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Lies is the third book in the six-book Gone series.  I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough — the entire series (so far) has been beyond stellar and are some of the most intense and exciting books I have ever read.

Let’s start with a little backstory and context to get everyone up to date:

This is a YA series that’s like a cross between Stephen King’s Under The Dome, X-Men, and Lord of the Flies.

Quick summary — A dome suddenly appears over Perdido Beach, California, and everyone 15 and over vanishes in a heartbeat, and whenever a kid turns 15, they simply vanish. Some of the kids start developing mutant powers and some of the animals in nature turn freakish, and it becomes a constant struggle for survival, and a constant battle between good and evil. And there’s also some sort of demonic being somewhere underground that is trying to consume every kid in Perdido Beach.

In many ways, Lies has been the most emotional book to date, and it excels at it.  The first two books covered a lot of how they are struggling to set up society and keep people alive.  This book continues with that, as there are always new crises, but the most haunting chapter, about two-thirds of the way through, has almost all of the main characters just breaking down.  This is an important chapter.  It shows that these kids are still human.  They are struggling with things beyond comprehension, but they are still human (even the kids who have mutant powers are still just kids).

I did figure out one of the main plot points about halfway through, but even knowing that, this book had me in its grip.  I had pretty much zero productivity all week — as soon as I got home from work I was reading this book and didn’t stop till midnight.  I literally couldn’t put it down.  I would try, I would get up and walk away, but minutes later I was back with my nose in the pages.  (I know I’m being scant on details of the plot of this book, but discussing them would really spoil the experience of this book and the previous ones…)

Grant excels at keeping tension extremely high.  Every page is thrilling.  There were no chapters that I thought were dull.  And, like always, Grant keeps that tension right to the very last page.  The final few sentences of the second-last chapter (which was the climax of the novel), were earth-shattering for this novel’s universe.

Although I want to leap into the next book, I find the tension a bit much to take in successive reads… so far I’ve been leaving about a year between books.  I don’t know if I can wait that long, but I need to read a few other non-gripping things for a bit… 🙂

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