Gone begins typically enough for a YA novel – disaffected teen, broken family, one-time hero. But as you read on you realise that things have gone awry in the town where Sam lives. For starters, all the adults have vanished. Not died. Not left. Vanished. And what is the truth behind the break-up of his mother’s second marriage? Gone keeps you guessing and the twists keep coming. There is some violence and the baddies in Gone are just that. Bad to the core. A highly recommended series.
This ‘verse’ novel is an absolute heartbreaker. Clark gets right inside the head of Dawn. Dawn is in grade 6 and her best and longest friend has joined the style queens (read bitches), her mum and dad are fighting, and school and home are no longer the havens they once were. Dawn’s journey broke my heart, because it was my journey through grade 6 – where friendships change, families can be in upheaval, and the year seems like it’s never going to end.