LIGHT by Michael Grant

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LIGHT by Michael Grant

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Category: Teens
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Robert James
Reviewed by Robert James
Summary: Stunning conclusion to the best sci-fi series - and perhaps the best of all teen series - for many years.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 464 Date: March 2013
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1405257589

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Warning: MAJOR spoilers below for the first five books in Michael Grant's excellent GONE series.

The dome has become transparent. The teens, and kids, in the FAYZ, are still trapped inside, but now they can see out - and their parents, and others, can see in. With interviews taking place by primitive methods, the outside world are starting to find out just how violent life has been, and this is just adding to the worries of Sam, Astrid, and the rest. How will the world receive them when they get out - or rather, if they get out? The gaiaphage, having taken human form as Caleb and Diane's rapidly-maturing daughter, is as evil as ever, and with Drake as its servant, is destroying anyone in his path. Can those left alive inside the FAYZ survive?

I always think that by this point in a series, a book is pretty much review-proof, anyway, especially when the quality of the series has been as consistently high as it has in this one. Whatever I said about this one, I'd be unlikely to put anyone off reading it if they'd enjoyed the first five. Thankfully, no need to put that theory to the test - because this is stunning stuff, perhaps Grant's best novel yet in the sequence. It's brutal, as his fans have come to expect by now - nothing quite as horrifying as a couple of the scenes involving Penny earlier in the series, but there are still some terrible deaths, one of which nearly had me throwing my copy at a wall in frustration, despite this being the most expensive book I've actually bought for ages. (I was 2nd in line to borrow it from my local library, but I couldn't wait even a day longer to read it and grabbed it in town a few days ago.)

I think the most impressive thing about the series, as a whole, is just how realistic the characters and their relationships feel. Yes, there's people who can shoot light out of their hands, telekinetics, and healers, but as out of the ordinary as the powers are, the teens wielding them seem utterly believable. As well, I love the way the non-powered teens have played such a big part in the series, and the character development of the entire main cast over the six books.

It's completely unpredictable - I had absolutely no idea how on earth it would end, but Grant brings things to a stunning conclusion.

Huge recommendation, and the series is up there with Department 19 by Will Hill as the very best of recent years for teens.

As mentioned above, the only teen series which really comes close to this in terms of overall quality, for me, is Department 19 by Will Hill. Having said that, Rick Yancey's the Monstrumologist series, starting with The Monstrumologist: The Terror Beneath by Rick Yancey gets better with each new book and is another strong recommendation from me for fans of this series.

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Nigethan Sathiyalingam said:

I can't believe it's all over! I read the entire book in one breathless sitting broken only by a few uncontrollable spasms of excitement/horror. I totally agree that it was a stunning conclusion - it was so very much satisfying to read and I thought it felt really true to the series as a whole. Even though we do get some amount of closure, I nonetheless feel pretty devastated that the series is now over - for someone who's both a fan of sci-fi YA fiction and a massive fan of comic book superheroes, this series was literally a dream come true.