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Lies is an epic read. Kids are trapped in a Dome and without any adults. In Perdido Beach, Sam and Astrid aren’t getting on. Zil and his human crew continue their campaign against kids with powers, leading them to set a massive fire that threatens to destroy all of Perdido Beach.
Albert continues quietly with his Alberto currency and running the market. Mother Mary struggles with the responsibility of the daycare, her mental health and her upcoming fifteenth birthday.
Brittney comes back to life and digs her way out of her grave. Kids start to report sightings of a Drake, the boy with the whip hand who died in Hunger. Sam is frustrated at the council’s lack of decision and action about the Human Crew’s antics. Sam goes AWOL emotionally traumatised at the thought that Drake, who tortured him, may have returned to the land of the living.
Orsay becomes a self-proclaimed Prophetess, claiming that she can see into parents dreams outside of the barrier. She also claims to be able to predict the future. Orsay gets a protecter called Nerezza, a weird kid that nobody seems to have seen before. The council decide to spread the lie that Orsay is making up her ability to reach kid’s parents on the outside of the dome.
Meanwhile Caine and his followers have become desperate. The last straw for Caine is eating a dead kid. Caine, Dianna and his followers steal a boat to head to an island which holds the promise of food. I particularly enjoyed reading the good side of Dianna, as it added depth to her character.
As Lies continues some of the kids are start to get ill, knocking some of the kids with powers out of play at vital moments. The darkness continues to manipulate kids and events throughout the book.
Lies develops the main characters well – each having their own strengths, weaknesses and motivations. It adds in some new characters as well. Some of my favourite new characters were: Justin & Roger, Peace, Sanjit and Virtue.
As always the plot is fast-paced, mostly showing rather than telling the story. Description is sparse, but enough to give the reader a good visual. Lies gives enough of the back story, so if you haven’t read Gone or Hunger you can still enjoy it without feeling like you’re missing something. But I would still recommend that you read both of them first.
On everyone of the Gone Series books it has a quote from Stephen King ‘I love these books.’ and I completely agree with him. I love these books.
After reading the first two books, I have found myself a true Gone fan!
Lies throws us straight back into the FAYZ and this book is one big rollercoaster from beginning to end.
The main character of the series, Sam isn't in this book as much but I enjoyed that, it gave us time to focus on others and new groups and his absence is understandable. My favourite addition was Zil and his Human Crew who out to destroy all that is mutant. And although I love Dekkha, I don't think the 'lesbian' storyline has much meat to it... Maybe it will expand later in the series. I hope so as randomly reminding us she is gay seems to not flow right currently.
At points, the story gets a little far fetched (watching a film in order to learn how to pilot a helicopter), but I think the author manages to make us think... 'Ok maybe that could be possible... in desperate times...'
This book has some genuine sad moments and I'm glad that the author doesn't mind killing characters off. I won't mention names...
Looking forward to Book 4. Have decided to read something inbetween so to go into the fourth with fresh eyes.
If you like XMen, you will love the series there is a huge resemblance to the good vs bad mutants and the humans confused in the middle.
"Awesome" is an understatement for lies, the gripping...umm... threequel to Gone. I'm not exactly sure, but the incredible description of Little Pete's opinion of the world makes it almost obvious that Michael has either had detailed verbal contact with an autistic child, or had autism in a previous life. This is just from guessing though, so I don't really have the answer. aside from that, this is just amazing x15... Just sayin. The only things I dislike is the fact that it thinks death is the end (which it isn't, if you have witnessed astral projection), and the 'happy ending'. Maybe it is just me, but I HATE HAPPY. I feel like Astrid though. My brother has severe autism. This book has ACTUALLY HELPED. Wow... just wow. . . ...
Have now read the whole series of these books, and love them all! I'm far too old for them at 39 but the vivid characters and raw nature of these kept me captivated throughout. The struggles and suffering of the characters is often disturbing. However, the way M.Grant shows the strengths of the characters as equally as their weaknesses just makes this bizarre 'world' more believable. One review describes them as If stephen king had written lord of the flies it would look like this. I agree completely read them all!!
this book lacks the tightness, the breathless 'what happens next?' feel of Gone. In fact, despite the promise that if anyone reads Gone, they have to buy the rest, is not borne out by this. I didn't even finish reading it, having got irritated with the characters who were still walking around as if rescue was due any minute and had learned next to nothing from all they went through in the first book.
I really felt like saying, Mr Grant, go read Under The Dome. That's how it's done. This is a pale imitation.