This great series is centered on the fictional Southern Californian town of Perdido Beach, in which every human aged 15 and older vanishes. The town and surrounding areas become encased within an impenetrable energy barrier, with many of its inhabitants developing supernatural powers. The first novel in this series, titled Gone , was published in The second book, Hunger , was released a year later, followed by the third book, Lies , on May 4, The fourth book, Plague , was released on April 5, The sixth book, Light , was released on April 2, The series — "a fun, no-brainer read directed towards teenagers" — has been hailed as "ridiculously popular" and "a sensation in the young adult world".
It was set four years later from the events that took place in the other books. Villain was released on October 18, and Hero is expected to be released in Every person at the age of 15 or over vanishes from the town of Perdido Beach, causing extreme and great confusion and chaos. Friends Sam Temple, Astrid Ellison and Quinn Gaither set out to explore the area until they discover a barrier cutting the area off from the outside world with a radius centered at a nuclear power plant located outside of town. Exploring this nuclear power plant, the group finds Astrid's severely autistic four-year-old brother Pete, along with a map marking predicted radiation patterns in the case of a meltdown that lines up exactly with the energy barrier.
The town children look to Sam as a leader, but chaos ensues. Sam and Pete are revealed to have supernatural powers caused by the power plant's explosion 15 years ago, Sam with the ability to make light, though Pete's are still unknown. Upon the group's return to Perdido Beach, its members encounter vehicles bringing students from the nearby Coates Academy. A Coates student, Caine Soren, impresses the townsfolk and he becomes leader, but Sam and Astrid are suspicious of his motives.
Some of the students and others in town have supernatural powers, including Lana Arwen Lazar who has healing powers. Lana encounters a pack of coyotes that can talk. They take her to a cave, where something the coyotes call "The Darkness" lives. Caine, who believes he is the most powerful mutant with telekinesis , takes a group and returns to Coates Academy, discovering that when persons turn 15, they are confronted by something they desire before vanishing.
Feeling threatened, Caine enlists the help of local bullies to kidnap Sam and Astrid. He also discovers that he and Sam are twin brothers. During this time, Quinn starts hanging out with people related to Caine and betrays Sam, telling Caine of his powers. Caine instructs Drake to kill Astrid, but Sam saves her. They escape the coyotes but are captured by Drake and imprisoned within Coates Academy.
Caine encased the hands of anyone with powers who refused to join their cause, in concrete, as their powers come from their hands. Sam's group escapes Coates Academy, with Pete's help, together with various Coates students, and returns to Perdido Beach to fight Caine. Meanwhile, Drake abducts Lana, as he thinks she can help him get his arm back after Sam had burned it off during his escape from Coates Academy.
They reach a creature known as "The Darkness" also known as the gaiaphage down a mineshaft which uses Lana's power to give Drake a whip for an arm giving him the nickname "Whip Hand". He returns to Caine, who learns how to escape "the poof", and they attack Perdido Beach. Sam and the Coates hostages, as well as Quinn and Edilio and others defend the town. Orc, the town bully who was clawed by coyotes and turned into gravel, turns on Drake and fights him.
Sam and Caine fight, but they suddenly see a manifestation of their mother, Connie, who invites them to return to her. Both boys refuse, and Caine is forced to retreat. Later, Albert Hillsborough organizes a Thanksgiving dinner for the town and Sam encourages them to stick together. Meanwhile, following the coyotes, Caine is introduced to the Darkness. While there, E. Duck Zhang is revealed to have the power to change his density and discovers a cave filled with mutated blue bats that taste disgusting to humans but are later fed to the Zekes in exchange for children being allowed to pick food from the fields without being attacked.
Small-time bully Zil, who believes that those with powers are treated better at the expense of normal humans, fuels widespread prejudice against people with powers and creates the "Human Crew", an organization that discriminates against these "freaks". Caine wakes up from a three-month coma after he has an insane outburst and decides to take over the nuclear power plant. He instructs Diana to bring Computer Jack who stayed back at Perdido Beach back to Coates so that he can take control of the plant. Caine takes hostages at the plant, but they have no food; Sam decides to wait for them to give up, or they will starve.
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During this time, one of Zil's friends is accidentally killed by Hunter, who has the power to microwave the body parts on which he focuses, of people and animals during an argument, Zil attacked Hunter with a crowbar and Hunter put his hands up to protect himself and accidentally hit their roommate who was trying to stop the fight.
Zil and a mob find Hunter who took sheltered behind a library; they attack Astrid and Edilio in the process of grabbing Hunter, who escapes. After ending up losing all electricity, Caine mentally receives a message from the Gaiaphage telling him to bring it a uranium rod from the nuclear power plant, as the Gaiaphage survives on uranium.
Caine decides to leave and orders Drake to stay behind and fight Sam so that they can sneak away. Drake relishes the idea and lays a trap for Sam. Threatening to cause a nuclear meltdown, Drake tells Sam that he has no choice but to submit and accept a beating. Sam relents and Drake whips him within an inch of his life. However, Sam is saved just in time by Brianna. Drake is injured from the fight and retreats. Lana has also been receiving messages from the Gaiaphage and leaves with Quinn, Albert and Cookie to get gold and then, on her own, attempts to blow up the mine shaft, but she fails, falling under the Gaiaphage's control.
Edilio and Dekka travel to the mine shaft in order to destroy it, after realizing what Caine is planning to do. Dekka can suspend gravity, and this would collapse the mine shaft. Edilio is shot by Lana, who is under complete control of the Gaiaphage. It is revealed that the Gaiaphage plans to use Lana's healing powers, along with the uranium rod from the nuclear plant, to create a new, near-invincible body for itself. Astrid determines that the Gaiaphage was created by the accident at the nuclear plant 15 years ago, and that the accident may also be the cause of her peers' supernatural powers.
Sam, Caine and Duck travel to the mine shaft in order to fight the Gaiaphage. Caine uses his powers to bring a uranium rod to the mine shaft but, upon seeing his love interest Diana injured by Drake, throws the rod at his chest, knocking him into the mine shaft and collapsing its entrance. Duck creates a hole in the ground leading to the Gaiaphage and is then thrown by Caine into the hole. While falling, Duck becomes heavier than a mountain and smashes into the Gaiaphage, dragging the creature down to the bottom of the barrier surrounding the FAYZ, weakening the Gaiaphage, but he is killed in the process.
During these events, Hunter kills a doe using his power and eats it, but he is ambushed by the "Human Crew", who decide to hang Hunter, giving venison to those who help them.
Orc and Howard restore order to the town and stop Hunter's execution, saving Astrid and Little Pete, who attempted to break up the mob but were instead attacked by it. Caine's attack on the nuclear plant shuts off all electricity to the town; it cannot be restored. Sam steps down as leader, and a council is formed in his place.
A now disfigured Hunter, who was found guilty of murder and banished by the council, decides to use his new power to hunt food for the kids in atonement for killing his friend. The book ends on a cliffhanger when the readers realize Brittney, a girl killed during Caine's attack on the nuclear plant, is still alive and buried in the plaza.
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Lies is set several months after Gone. The town is run by a council, headed by Astrid. Zil's anti-freak Human Crew have taken over a small section of Perdido Beach. Orsay, who has the mutant power to see people's dreams, claims she can see the dreams of the children's parents. She is dubbed "The Prophetess" and holds nightly rituals to give children messages from their families. Orsay is helped by the mysterious Nerezza, who urges Orsay to continue to use her power and tell children to "step-out" when they turn fifteen.
A young girl, Jill, is beaten due to some people's knowledge of her powers she can transfix people by song, a Siren and falls into an empty grave. Sam discovers her and is told by Edilio that she was in the grave of Brittney, who died in Hunger. Sam learns of Brittney's empty grave and of Orsay's rituals, but he does not tell Astrid this during the next council meeting.
Astrid discovers this and she and Sam argue; they break up. Astrid tells the council to claim that Orsay is lying and leading them to suicide, as they believe "stepping-out" results in death. The townsfolk learn she has lied and lose faith in the council. Children who "step-out" at fifteen appear outside the barrier in the normal world.
Meanwhile, on an island far out to sea, several children attempt to survive in the abandoned but well-stocked mansion of their adoptive celebrity parents. Caine, Diana and the remaining Coates academy students struggle to survive and resort to cannibalism. They hear of the island with the mansion and plan to steal boats from Perdido beach undetected, to go to the island to find food. Caine makes a plan with Zil who riles up a mob and sets fire to a large section of the town at night, creating a diversion and allowing Caine to reach the Marina undetected. Sam attempts to stop the "Human Crew" but fails.
Sam and many others believe they have seen Drake, who is believed to be dead. Unsure how to proceed, Sam leaves Perdido Beach. Zil wished for chaos to ensue after the fire, but, instead, calm prevails. Astrid announces a set of laws and steps down, knowing she will no longer be trusted. Drake then appears and Zil uses the opportunity to cause anarchy, before panic ensues as most of the townsfolk flee to the highway and the beach.
Dekka confronts Zil, and the Human Crew leader dies of his injuries upon being dropped from her anti-gravity field. Little Pete, who has been playing on his GameBoy which has been out of batteries for months , is revealed to be controlling events in the FAYZ through the game, and it is hinted that Pete himself is the Gaiaphage, which was not killed in the last book. Nerezza eventually attempts to kill Pete but fails when Astrid intervenes. Nerezza is an avatar of the Gaiaphage, created by Pete, who manipulated Orsay. Mary, who is turning fifteen, intends to "step-out" and lead all the daycare children off a cliff, convinced that killing them will cause them to reappear alive outside the FAYZ.
Dekka suspends gravity and rescues the children, but Mary "steps-out". In the chaos, Little Pete's GameBoy is broken. He screams, causing the energy barrier surrounding the area to disappear for a brief moment. Astrid and many others see the normal world beyond, but Pete regains control and the barrier reappears. The Gaiaphage is revealed to have been attempting to use Brittney's immortality and Lana's healing powers to bring Drake back from the dead, sharing the same body as Brittney. Sam returns, fighting Drake long enough for him to turn into Brittney.
Caine, Diana and the two remaining Coates children reach the mansion island and meet the five children there. Throughout the book, many characters have fallen sick by a flu-like disease, foreshadowing events in Plague. Perdido Beach is now run by Albert, whose introduction of money and paid labor to the town has placed him in a position of considerable power. Meanwhile, an infectious plague leading those who catch it to almost certain death is spreading in Perdido Beach, for when catching it, one begins to cough up his own lungs.
All are instructed not to leave their homes to stop the spread. On the way to the lake, Sam's group encounters Hunter who was banished from Perdido Beach. He has become infested with parasitic bugs, which have begun to eat him from the inside out. After revealing that he was unable to use his powers on himself, Hunter tearfully begs Sam to kill him, believing the bugs to be his punishment for being bad accidentally killing someone. Sam agrees, but Hunter's death releases bugs that cannot be killed by Sam.
A coyote then leads them to the creatures that are causing parasitic insect infections. She wants to help them, but no one is listening. Because no one suspects what she knows. Nova Ren Suma's writing is something to bow down to. The atmosphere she creates is so thrilling and suspenseful that you can't just help but fall into. It was incorporated with jarring experiences and semi-crypticness.
A self-awareness novel even. The idea was optimally a mixture of real and surreal. Truth and falsity. Beautiful and alarming sentences. Broken but connected. My words cannot even summarise half of this novel. But I'll just leave it as; I learnt many, many things in this novel, and the messages plotted trickily should not be overseen.
All our characters and supporting characters in here are so divergent and original. I loved Lauren. Her personality was so thoughtfully driven and clear. She wasn't stupid, all her motives had a reason and I enjoyed going though her thinking process. It's all magnificently breathtaking and earth-shattering. Another gratifying part of this book is that even possible? Not at all dominating, it sits in the corner obediently lighting and twisting the mood distinctively every now and again.
I guess I can't even call this a subplot as it was such a small element but still touching and gorgeous all the same. Jamie was so full of character and genuine, just like Lauren. Just a small hesitation about needing more plot going through bit other than that the characters and idea were executed flawlessly. Recommended to lovers of Pretty Girl and other mystery thrillers. View all 8 comments. Mar 18, jv poore rated it it was amazing Shelves: heyssel-classroom , young-adult , library-book.
I've quickly become a fan of Ms. This is one of those books that I must introduce to "my" high schoolers. Suma tackles teenage mental illness and suicide in a way that very few can and do shout out here to Nic Sheff for nailing it too in SCHIZO, which "my" kids are still talking about. Presented in such a relatable, compelling fashion, young adults will garner more from this novel than from many of the resources seemingly available.
Experi I've quickly become a fan of Ms. Experiencing the effects of mental illness through the kind, intelligent, compassion Lauren sheds an understanding that is unparalleled and, I humbly believe, should be experienced by everyone for a better understanding and easier acceptance of mental illness. I know our teenagers deserve this chance.
Mar 24, Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing. I realize I read this in Jan in the cold of Winter. The book felt cold at first but pretty soon our heroine thawed it for us. But the book was cold and the contents colder, yet it warmed me by the time I finished reading it, good writing does that. Very readable the kind of book that you could finish in one go.
The concept was high and could have easily been convoluted but it was rather easy to imbibe. Some of the sentences and words had me shaking my head in admiration. The whole mystery was att I realize I read this in Jan in the cold of Winter. The whole mystery was attractive and very compelling. Throughout the book I wanted our heroine to OK, and by the end she But the fact I needed to know that, that I cared, is a celebration of the book in itself.
The book made me anxious in all the right ways, it was mature without pulling any punches, and the ending, the twist if you will, was a shocker genuinely surprising. Then I felt a little let down but on reflection when I think really hard about it, it made sense, all of it. It couldn't have been any other way. The haze that the book created permeated throughout the novel setting my mind and imagination ablaze.
It was done just right, with just the right amount of burnt orange. The fire in the book consumed both the protagonist's and the readers' mind and yet it was oddly balmy too. God, I love this book, just just read it, OK? I am looking forward to reading her Imaginary Girls. Luckily, I already have it. This book wasn't anything like those books and yet it was. Also, the theme and message in this book was heard loud and clear. I hope it will alter someone's life and change it for the better.
Also, I just adore the author's name ; Nove Ren Suma, that alone makes this book unique, but unique is what it tried to say. Let's hope someone was listening. View 1 comment. Apr 13, Maggie rated it really liked it Shelves: I spent most of this book confused. Like the main character, I wasn't sure what was going on or what was going to happen next. And then it all came together. It's unfortunate that discussing how it all came together is a huge spoiler because it's such an important topic, but luckily, Nova Ren Suma addresses more than one worthwhile issue.
They're not legally adults but they left the protection of childhood long ago. If these girls di I spent most of this book confused. If these girls disappear, it's noted but not particularly noteworthy. Expected even. Lauren isn't one of those girls. She lives with her mother, goes to school, and has a boyfriend. Yet one day, she finds herself drawn to a flyer of a missing girl, Abigail Sinclair. She knows without a doubt that Abigail actually went by "Abby.
This is a book that could've easily turned into a public service announcement or after school special, but instead Nova Ren Suma weaves her message into a taut thriller. Even when I was confused, I couldn't put it down. The first part, where Lauren obsessively tracks down details of missing girl after missing girl, was heartbreaking and staggering. There's a "ripped from the headlines" feel because they probably were. At one point, Lauren wonders, I was I was a girl. Didn't we matter? The second part deals with a topic I wish was explored more.
I'm being purposefully vague but wanting more is just a testament to the quality of the writing. This review appears on Young Adult Anonymous. Mar 28, Lectus rated it did not like it. The writing is great, though, but the stories are not. Lauren "sees" the ghosts of girls who have disappeared when they were seventeen. Some of them ran away, some were abducted, one was still alive The story goes from girl to girl without lingering in one long enough to make me feel sorry for her. I feel that the book was trying to get to my soft side by saying things like "no girl - no missing girl, no runaway - deserves to be given up on, just like I wouldn't want anyone to give up on me.
I didn't feel any thrill; I kept looking to see how many pages were left and how many more stories would be added! I guess that people who have had somebody missing will love the book because, unless you don't have a heart, you should feel sorry for missing girls. Which I do - feel sorry for missing girls, that is - but this book didn't evoke any of those feelings in me. I asked my sister what she thought of the book just to make sure that I wasn't being a total bitch, and she said that she found it boring too.
Looks like we are still in-sync View all 3 comments. I loved the writing style of this - I think that was what drew me in from the very first page. Overall, I felt like the story was interesting and mysterious overall - view spoiler [ although I was very disappointed when we got to the ending and found out that none of it was real. This plotline has definitely been done before - the "it was all a dream" or "unreliable narrator" twist.
Apr 08, Stuti Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship rated it liked it Shelves: realistic-fiction. While I can tell you a host of things I liked about this book, I can't exactly pinpoint what I didn't. Perhaps, it was the palpable despondency and depression that surrounded this book. Or maybe, it was the aimlessness of the story, the lack of an engaging plot in certain parts.
It could always also be that despite it being a fairly character-driven novel, I don't get a feel of Lauren. And there are very few of us. I get why people gush about it so and I find myself thinking some similar things but frankly, and I think I'll be reiterating this a lot, the book bored me even when I was hooked and I know it makes no sense at all.
This, the book was not. It's creepy and evocative, and creates such an ethereal atmosphere. It's lush and begs for another glance. A multitude of sentences are crowding my head, some of them constituting whole paragraphs. It's one of the most fabulous pieces of contemporary literature I've read, in terms of writing style.
The story is of a girl, Lauren, who is haunted, in the most literal sense, by past and figments of imagination and ghosts. All of them girls. All of them 17 and gone. Missing, runaways. Soon she becomes obsessed with them and it wrecks her life slowly, one piece at a time and she doesn't even feel it. But we do. And it's eerie, how oblivious she remains, how immersed she is in this world of hers. Intriguing as it was, this obsession of hers also makes Lauren's a hard narrative to immerse in, much less appreciate.
I liked her unreliability and the missing pieces that were always there, and the things that shouldn't be there, but it is difficult to get to know a person when there is no background. The only part of her life from before that can be recollected is her love for her mother. The book's slow pace is quite the anathema to Nova Ren Suma 's words, augmented by the feeling of redundant ignorance on the part of the reader.
The two make a fitting pair, constantly grappling the reader majorly me from pushing the book away as well as staying up late into the night to finish it. This, the book was not, either. I am neutral towards the ending, but I love the message this book delivers about not forgetting, not giving up on any of those girls.
And that very vital misstep of some bumbling barista draws our attention. To end with, I'll be on the lookout for new novels by the author, even if this book didn't hold much appeal for me. And I'd recommend you to do so, as well. View all 4 comments. Feb 18, Melanie TBR and Beyond rated it liked it Shelves: ya-mystery , books-i-own , mental-illness , read-in , ya-horror , ya-paranormal , ya-thriller.
Honestly, I'm not that excited to write this review. I don't feel like there is a ton to really say about it. The writing is pretty simple, so it's easy to fly though. The characters are not bad, I wouldn't call them really developed though either. We have our main protagonist, Lauren, seeing dead girls everywhere basically and one of them seems to really need her help still. The plot is something I've seen before but I didn't feel it was executed that well. It felt kind of messy to me.
I didn't get much background on the character, I was just thrown right into her having visions of dead people. She didn't seem to question it, she just rolled with it. Not exactly how I would react if the dead paid me a visit, but maybe she is much braver than me - it wouldn't take much! We get hit with girl after girl and their missing posters and how they went missing.
This could've been cool but they were very short and it started feeling filler after awhile. There is also a romance that I guess we are supposed to care about but again we barely know anything about him and I personally cared very little. I had a lot of issues with the ending. I didn't think it was done well. There were way too many plot holes to explain certain things that happened in the book. I just kind of eye-rolled at it. I'm giving it a very basic three stars, it wasn't horrible but not really something I'd go around recommending either.
I have a couple other books by this author and I'll still give them a try at some point. Sep 27, Jenni Arndt rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-own. Her writing is remarkable; the eerie, dreamlike quality of her prose sucks you in and leaves you questioning everything that you read. Lauren was someone that I really connected with. That being said, I also really did like her boyfriend Jaime. He was super supportive and I loved how he would go along with her and have very little questions. Their relationship was really sweet and as Lauren reflected on the path they had taken together and how they had opened up to one another I became invested in the relationship and where they would go.
The real gem in the relationship department in this novel is between Lauren and her mother. I loved how her mother was portrayed as a completely unconventional mom; an ex stripper covered in tattoos who was always there for her daughter and really took an interest in the goings on in her life. The mother daughter relationship was fantastic and their openness with one another was exactly as it should be.
Lauren is seeing missing girls not only in her sleep but in her waking hours as well. Much of this tale is Lauren working through the mystery as the elements just keep piling up. She meets more missing girls and as she meets each one we get snapshots of their stories leading up to their ultimate disappearance. Getting each girls story and realizing that no two circumstances are the same kept me absorbed in the story. This novel packs a punch and the writing is absolutely stunning. Once again Suma has come out with a story that I will be recommending to anyone who will listen.
An Advanced Reader's Copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View 2 comments. Mar 19, Elizabeth K. I never quite got on board with this book. A 17 year old high school student starts hearing voices and having visions of other 17 year old girls who are missing -- whether they have run away, or been abducted, or encountered accidents, they are missing.
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I'm going to spoiler this because it's the kind of book where talking about the structure will give away some stuff, even though I won't reveal any specific plot details. It's a thriller in tone, mostly psychological. By the end, it's a little too much After School Special.
I will note, as a positive, that despite the subject matter, the circumstances endured by the missing girls are very plainly stated without being salacious in detail. Despite that, the feel of the book is very breathy, everything is tightly wound and it's hard to keep that up -- a great book will use that to make you feel emotionally wrecked by the end, a so-so book is more likely to fizzle out, because it's hard to sustain that level of "edge of your seat"-ness.
With this, I felt like I was being instructed to feel very suspenseful. The more the main character was churning with anxiety and turmoil, the easier it was to zone out on it. Jan 28, Emily May marked it as dnf Shelves: mystery-thriller , young-adult. This started really well but I've hit a patch that isn't holding my attention, I just find it really easy to put aside right now. Maybe I'll come back to it later. Feb 16, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it it was ok Shelves: kindle-books. This was good but honestly I'm a bit disappointed it wasn't what I was expecting but it was still a good read and kept me turning the pages.
More review to come. Jan 22, Gemma rated it really liked it. Imaginary Girls, Nova Ren Suma's fist novel, was one of those books that I hated immediately after finishing though I still gave it 4 stars; generous for me but looked back on in high regard. It's one of those books I'd like to obtain someday for my collection, if only in the hardback edition with the beautiful, fitting cover. Overall, it left a good impression on me, and I hope I have time to reread it someday.
And I guess I got some of that, but it wasn't quite the same. This is good and bad, but mostly good. Bad because, you know, I want more of that crazy hazy feel and this didn't quite deliver it, but good because it proves that Nova Ren Suma is a solid writer and is capable of doing more than one thing. In some ways, it's a much stronger work than Imaginary Girls. Well, maybe; it depends on what you like. Other than a lingering feeling of admiration, I have no real memories of that book; it's kind of messy and incoherent, which I felt worked for what she was trying to accomplish.
Yeah, there were times where I'd be reading and I wasn't quite sure how I got where we were, but overall, there's a bit more logic and soundness to it, even a midst all the crazy. Brief synopsis: One day Lauren, MC and narrator, sees a poster of a girl, Abby, who'd gone missing at 17, and then she starts to see Abby everywhere and hear Abby's voice talking to her.
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But now that ambition has waned, and many hopes have evaporated. His European strategy contained important flaws, and he made mistakes in trying to deliver it. In line with French diplomatic tradition, Macron thought early on that the key to turning Europe around was to prioritise and kickstart the Franco-German relationship. Obsessing with Franco-German bilateralism proved illusory because it ignored the profound changes that had taken place in the last decade, both in Germany and in Europe.
Limiting a European strategy to securing a deal with the German chancellor hinged on the belief that European negotiations were exclusively Chefsache the realm of the boss. Yet Macron failed to engage with them, let alone convince them. When Macron did secure Franco-German agreements, they swiftly faced opposition from the rest of the EU.
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