“Lies is the third book of the gone series. It continues the story from Hunger from where the Gaiaphage was defeated and Drake was killed along with it. However in Lies, rumours emerge that the unmistakable silhouette of Drake has been spotted along Perdido beach and that the Gaiaphage is far from dead.
The story is told from a third person perspective specifically homing in on the events occurring in Sam’s, Astrid’s, Mary’s, Lana’s, and Albert’s life in the FAYZ. The character Sam has taken a break from being the leader of Perdido beach after recovering from fatal wounds after his battle with Drake. During the book I feel a bit frustrated with Sam because although he’s been through a lot he wasn’t helping out as much he could of and he was making stupid, reckless choices. His character has changed from being quite a confident strong character in Gone to quite a fearful and stressed character. All the characters in general have become darker; more complex- they were equally as believable though. Every person to the smallest toddler carries a weapon. Everyone is looking out for themselves, most concerned only about getting food. They aren't hesitant to kill, either, or do what they have to stay alive. Everyone is changed though, for the worse or for the better. We are also introduced to some new characters, which makes up for the loss of some of the old ones.
The language and sentence structure is fairly straight forward but Michael Grant was very accurate when he portrayed the desperation these kids would have in these circumstances. The main characters are around the same age as myself so it was quite relatable at times and interesting seeing what they did and what you would have done yourself.
The story is set like a countdown, every chapter it has an amount of hours and minutes and every chapter the countdown goes down by a couple of hours or minutes. At the end of the countdown there is a big event which alters the story dramatically in some way or other. For example in Gone the big event was when Sam turned 15 and when he survived the “poof”. The plot was easy to follow however it did get a little tedious and repetitive at times. However at the end of the book I was left excited and anticipated to find out what happens in the next book, Plague. I would definitely recommend this book but of course after they had read the first two books in the series, it was an exciting and fun read which was thoroughly enjoyable.
Megan T-B wrote this review Sunday, January 8, 2012.