Fear is the fifth and penultimate book in Michael Grant’s Gone series. The final book, Light, releases in two weeks on April 2nd, 2013. From the tone of the book I can tell that it’s the end of the series. There are a lot of plot points that are slowly getting tied up. And, as typical with Grant books, people die. And some of them die in vicious and horrible ways. But, if I didn’t like the heart and soul of the books I would have never gotten this far. But it’s a very clear warning to anyone attempting these books – they are not for the faint of heart.
A new complication has befallen the survivors of the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). The dome surrounding the FAYZ is going dark. As the walls darken Sam and co. realize that if the dome turns completely black that no light from the outside sun to penetrate. This spells devastation for them. With no light there will be no crops, and no fishing… and no food. The predators that have been kept at bay will attack without compunction. The children who are too young to overcome their fears will devolve into chaos at the unspeakable darkness. And the vicious Gaiaphage that grows in the mine will win.
Sam is determined to do what he can, but with Astrid gone his heart is not in the task. Diana, pregnant and growing fast, presents a secondary, entirely unimaginable threat. And there are others who can ruin what Sam has tried to build – Caine, Penny, Drake… even Albert and Quinn. The survivors of Perdido Beach don’t have much time. And what time they do have is about to go black.
Maybe it’s the fact that I just read Plague, but this book didn’t scare me as much as a book entitled FEAR should do. There’s also the possibility that my threshold for all things grotesque was ruined in book four *shudder*. That book was intense. This book is good, but in a different way. I relished the character arcs that were tying up as I went along. The story just felt a little… not as scary as I wanted it. I think I am ready for these books to be done.
There are many gruesome moments in this book, enough to satisfy the most dedicated Gone fan. There’s one money shot moment that had me writing in my seat. And that is, after all, what I want from these books – to make me squirm.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Bring on the Light.