Synopsis: Fear is the fifth installment in the GONE series. It has been a year since the all of the adults vanished from Perdido Beach, leaving it run by their children. Trapped in a giant dome they must survive in a world plagued by the Darkness and other strange creatures as they battle their worst foe yet, fear itself. Crack open the pages of this wonderful novel to find out the rest, but I will tell you that this is a must read series that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way as you live and fight right next to Sam Temple and the other kids of Perdido Beach.
After reading Fear I find that Michael’s goal, to creep the reader out, was entirely successful… I don’t think I put the book down once, it was so captivating. Filled with the perfect amount of action-packed adventure, my heart was constantly racing as I flipped feverously through the pages of Fear. The kids of Perdido Beach have been thrown into an arena that has forced them to grow-up whether they want to or not. They must be self-sufficient; they don’t have parents to take care of them anymore. Life without parents telling you what to do is a young teenager’s dream and I think that this is why the books are so appealing to young audiences. The readers can connect with the characters; they’ve all experienced fear, and anger, and love in some way and can draw from those experiences to understand the character’s feelings and actions.
This book and the series itself, also plays with the idea of good and evil. The line between the two is distorted is so many ways as you travel through the book, but there is still a sense of what is right and what is wrong. It plays into the fact of growing up and the situations you face. Our real-life situations may not be nearly as wildly fantastic as it is in these books where the main character, Sam, can shoot light beams out of his hands, and other characters have developed special powers and the man-eating coyotes can talk, but we see the similarities and are drawn deeper into Fear’s pages because of it.
The characters have to constantly prove that they can fend for themselves. When faced with their greatest fear, living in a world devoid of light, they are terrified, but they push through. The dome is beginning to darken and they have to figure out how to stop it or face starvation and panic. You can feel this fear almost leaking out of the pages and it frightens you. As a reader you have to sort through the lies, shake off the fights, and continue on through the unfamiliar. In Fear the stakes are higher, the action at its greatest, and failure to evolve could mean losing your life.
About the Author: Michael Grant, author of Fear, moved around constantly as a child and since then has not been able to settle down entirely. Right now he is currently living in Tiburon, California. He has written over 150 books, most of them with his wife, Katherine Applegate. His goal for writing the GONE Series is “to creep you out. To make you stay up all night reading, then roll into school tired the next day so that you totally blow the big test and end up dropping out of school” (Goodreads.com).
Other books in the GONE Series: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and coming soon: Light!