Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review - LIES

Lies (Gone, #3) - Michael Grant
Genre: YA Sci Fi/Fantasy/Dystopian
# of pages: 447 (hb)
Publisher: Harper Teen

I had the same reaction to Lies that I had to Hunger: pretty good, definitely entertaining and a strong installment, but not as good as Gone, due primarily to the humongous cast of characters and rotating points of view.
Lies was easier to follow than Hunger plot-wise, I think. There doesn’t seem to be quite so many completely different things going on. Instead, it seemed like in the aftermath of the food crisis of the previous book, Lies focused more on the characters and how their relationships have changed in the months following the Poof - the event in which all adults suddenly disappeared. It’s been 7 months in the FAYZ, and old alliances start to weaken as new ones form. This book is aptly named, that’s for sure.

I really liked how Michael Grant put the main characters under the microscope in this book especially – it made them seem more developed and understandable. Sam and Astrid and Mary and Albert and all the others certainly aren’t perfect, by any means, and sometimes they can get downright ugly. Oh, there were a few times when Sam and Astrid (especially) made infuriating decisions, and there were a few times when I was just moved by Caine and Diana’s struggles, and Diana’s sacrifices to stay with him. All in all, the focus on characters was very well done.
But, like Hunger, several new characters were introduced in Lies. To be honest, I think this ship is pretty full. Every time I turn around there are several new characters introduced that I (the reader) have to keep up with, and at this point, it got a little daunting.

As always, though, the premise of the Gone series fascinated me from the beginning. There’s just something about a bunch of teenagers (and younger) trying to band together and create a society out of chaos – and all the struggles that entails - that is incredibly riveting. I am completely hooked on this series!

Hurry up and get here, April, so we can find out what happens next in Plague!

2 shout-outs!:

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I haven't made it past book 1 yet, but your reviews keep me on track to read more...if I ever have a break in my reading schedule haha great review, amelia! :)

Natalie said...

I've read Gone and Hunger, but I haven't gotten to Lies yet. I DO know that I was having a bit of problems following all of the characters in Hunger. I definitely plan on continuing the series, but I think the first book will remain my favorite!

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