24. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Apocalyptic, Fiction, Science Fiction, Teen Books

Fear (Gone #5) by Michael Grant, 509 pages, read by Angie, on 05/21/2012

Michael Grant is dark and brutal and pulls no punches and I LOVE it! Fear definitely ramps up the tension for the Gone series. You can tell the end is neigh and I for one can not wait to see how this series is going to play out.

In Fear, we have our two camps. King Caine in Perdido Beach ruling through fear and intimidation and Sam at the Lake just plugging along. There has been peace for about 4 months and both sides are a little bored. But be careful what you wish for because the Gaiaphage is never done with its plots and schemes. And of course Drake/Brittney is always willing to carry them out. They have a lot to deal with in this book. The dome is changing, it is going dark. Soon they will lose all their light, which means no food. That is when the fear and chaos sets in.

I think what I loved most about this book was the character growth. I mean Astrid alone changed so much. She has always been a black/white no gray type of girl which made her not very likeable. Her genius/virgin personality and her unwillingness to compromise her principles really set her apart in this world. But the new Astrid is someone who the people can relate to and seems more human. I also loved that Sam realized that he is not a leader…finally the bumbling can stop! He is their warrior, their champion, but he is not the leader. Quinn stepped up the plate, Diana became more human, Caine learned some humility. Everyone was changing in this book and I loved it. They are growing up. I also loved the look on the outside. For four books we have been wondering what was going on outside the dome and we finally got a glimpse. I have a feeling this is going to be explored even more in the next book.

As I said Grant is brutal. There are scenes in this book that made me cringe but I get it because the FAYZ is a brutal place. I’m a little sad about the treatment of some of our mainstay characters; seems like they were thrown away in this book, but that goes back to the brutality of this world. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t talk about the ending or what we learn about the dome or Petey but only say OMG!

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