In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. 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...
I was really hesitant to pick this one up because of the length. Over 500 pages? I was definitely expecting that it was going to be unnecessarily long and draggish. What I didn’t expect, however, was how unbelievably hooked I became after only the first chapter.
It’s mainly an action driven novel, which in any other circumstance would probably irk me, but the writing flows so well with the blunt emotions of the characters. Speaking of the characters, I loved just about all of them. Though the main journey of the story may focus on Sam, you get a glimpse into just about every character’s dilemmas through the entire story. Even if a character seems evil in one chapter, once you get said character’s own perspective, you start to feel for them. (Except maybe Drake. I don’t see how anybody could feel for him.)
I loved absolutely everything about it. The plot, where everybody aged fifteen years and older unexplainably disappears, the mutated creatures, the angst and forming of wars between the remaining children .. everything.
There was only one thing that really bugged me. Why couldn’t everyone who had disappeared be, say, eighteen and older? That way, I wouldn’t feel like such a stinking perv for falling in love with Sam! (If you didn’t catch it, that was another one of my lame attempts at being funny)
Overall, it was amazing. Not mushy on the romance, but if you think every story should be focused on a romantic relationship- you really shouldn’t be listening to my opinions. But now I have the incredibly impatient task of waiting for the second book, Hunger, to be returned back to the local library. Ugh, fingers crossed I don’t spontaneously combust from the wait!