Review – Light
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  • March 27, 2013
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Light is the final book in the Gone series by Michael Grant. I blew through it in a day in a half, so you have an idea of how fast paced it is. I couldn’t put it down, and I now I can’t sleep. These books are designed to keep you awake.

In the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) the Darkness(Gaiaphage) has finally come to fruition. Born into the FAYZ as the daughter of Caine and Diana Gaia is now on the rampage to destroy the humans, starting with the Perdido survivors first. Her ultimate goal, to kill her Nemesis and get beyond the dome. Sam and Astrid are determined to stop her and put all of the best people on it. However, Brianna, and Dekka, and Orc, etc. etc., might not be enough to stop her. And with the work structures and friendship dynamics falling apart around everyone it is anyone’s guess if there will be anything left in the FAYZ for Gaia to obliterate.

And then the unthinkable happens… someone enters the dome… from the outside…

This series has been nuts; compelling and consuming in tandem. I have ridden every emotional roller coaster that Grant could concoct. Reaching the end is both riotous and very bittersweet. I’m thrilled that they are done, but I am sad to see them go. I don’t know that this is a series I would every read a second time, but it makes me curious to read his other books. There was a point where I thought these might develop into a spin-off series but my fear of that has been resolved. And now I am very elated, and heartbroken, about where this book ended. It’s just… yeah… Everything that I wanted and more.

Ultimately, these books are very cleverly disguised morality tales. They are commentary on human nature and choice and cause and effect. Certain things cannot have happened without other things to have set the ball into motion. Certain characters cannot react specific ways without other things teaching them how to do that. The children of the FAYZ have been on one big, learning curve and they have all developed in interesting, tragic, and uniquely flawed ways. It’s a tremendous thing that Grant has done with these books. I certainly will not forget the messages from this series anytime soon.

There was a bit of pacing drag in a bit of this book, so it wasn’t perfect. However, it was pretty good and the resolutions are what I was hoping for.

4 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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