Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another Dystopian Novel

 I have just finished Plague by Michael Grant, the fourth book in the Gone Series. The premise of this series is one day, all the adults just disappear. No one knows what happens, and now all the kids have to survive on their own. However, this isn't the only thing that happens to them. Some of the kids start forming weird powers, and everything falls into chaos. Oh, and once you turn 15 or 14, I can't remember which, you disappear. So that's the setting for Plague, though a lot has happened since then. A lot. So much, you almost feel like you have no idea what could possibly happen next.

This is how I felt about the end of Plague. So much has happened to these poor kids, what could possibly happen next? Whatever it is, I have a feeling it's going to be even more disturbing than before. Michael Grant has a knack at creating creatures, and other things, that make you cringe. There were points in this book that I thought "How could someone possibly come up with this?" It made me shiver, it made me cringe. And it hasn't just happened in this one; there were points in the other novels that made me cringe also. Picturing it in my mind is kind of disgusting...I almost don't want to picture. So what keeps me reading this series, you may ask. Well, I really want to know what happened to the adults. I want to know why the kids are trapped in this place with no one to take care of them, I want to know why they're getting powers and why these horrible monsters are coming after them. And unfortunately, I won't figure that out for another two books.

I think another thing that is slightly disturbing about this novel is the fact that they are just kids. They're doing adult things, as children. Any novel that uses children as the evil makes the novel all the more scary. This can be seen in horror movies. Isn't it true that when the evil thing terrorizing everyone is just a child? Children are associated with innocence. And when this innocence is juxtaposed with complete evil, it makes it all the more scary. Which is the scary thing about Plague. Evil is beginning to root in the children, and you have no idea what is going to happen next.

What am I going to read next? Elixir by Hilary Duff. This should be an interesting one.

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