Show of hands, who has read the Gone Series? You know…that story about kids all under the age of fifteen suddenly finding themselves stuck beneath a huge dome (that turns out to be a bubble in later sequels) and have mutated somehow to develop powers? The one that was WAY better than Stephen King’s stupid rip off that came out over a year later and was somehow more popular for no reason whatsoever (I’m still bitter).
Michael Grant’s masterful tale which ended in 2013 (or so we thought!) now has a new book in the series. I’ve no idea how the book is going to be and I’m definitely participating in one very long re-read of the whole series before I begin this new, beautiful continuation of the tale I just loved when I was younger. It’s been ten years since I was first introduced to this series.
I suddenly feel old.
I’ll be honest here. I don’t know what to expect from this new book in the series. As far as I’m concerned, Grant wrapped up the Gone books in a pretty satisfactory way and he really didn’t need to write this new book. I was good with the world and characters where they were. And that alone makes me a little bit weary of this new book. It’s the kind of feeling where you love this Disney movie so much and you rewatch it all the time and then the next thing you know we’re getting a straight to blue-ray(!) sequel!
Okay, it’s probably not that bad.
But there’s still a little bit to be said for not wanting the characters you love and the resolution you appreciated to be butched by something going on far longer than it should have. And I can’t help but wonder what’s going on with Michael Grant that he’s decided to return to writing in this particular world. With that all said, though, I’m also really excited? I mean, what more could I possibly ask for? As readers we’re always looking for more about our favorite characters’ stories so much so that often times we turn to fan fiction.
And often times fan fiction unfortunately is rather subpar (though nothing could be worse than the cannon of Cursed Child, am I right?). Don’t get me wrong, of course, cause I’ve come across some downright amazing and impressive fan fiction (my favorite has unfortunately been removed from existence 😢), but there’s still that anxiety for some reason.
I’ve not started my reread just yet, but it’s definitely on my list to finish before the year is out, so keep an eye out for reviews (since I read these books long before I started writing reviews, I reckon it’s the perfect opportunity to actually write one). If only I had the energy to reread and review every book I haven’t reviewed.
At the end of the day, though, if I had to say anything about these books (and I really just have to) it’s that I want to yell at whomever on the publishing end of everything thought it was a brilliant idea to change the orientation of Grant’s name on the side of the cover. Actually, can I submit a complaint about the whole thing? Nothing on this cover matches the previous books. And I just have to ask…WHY?!
What, exactly, was the purpose of that? Surely publishers understand aesthetic needs? Surely they can respect the fact that all the books in a series need to look the same on my shelf? I realize this is a minute complaint and it really shouldn’t matter all that much because I get to read a whole new book in a series I thought was finished(!) but also…WHY???
And as an added side note, does anyone think Monster looks suspiciously Stranger Things -esque? 🤔
What do you guy’s all think? Are you excited? Nervous? Do you have a beef with the cover just like I do? 😋 Have you never heard of the books? Let me know in the comments!