Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 94% or A
Buy It: Amazon
My Thoughts::It's been one year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
Despite the hunger and the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.
Within the FAYZ, life breaks down while the Darkness takes over, literally—turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. In darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. But even in their darkest moments, the inhabitants of the FAYZ maintain a will to survive and a desire to take care of the others in their ravaged band that endures, no matter what the cost.
This is the fifth book in a series that I love, so I pre-ordered it as soon as I was able to get the money. This review will definitely contain spoilers from the prior books. So please, don't spoil this for yourself and read the first four books! Or, if you just like to follow this series from afar, read on.
The plot really progresses with this book! I mean, every book has a lot going on, but things were going on at an even larger scale with this book. Our main characters aren't at each other's throats anymore and most of the how to survive stuff is figured out. So the Gaiaphage is public enemy number 1 and it means business. That brought the excitement levels up a lot. You have no idea what the gaiaphage is capable of and you can't get inside it's head. When we finally learn what kind of things it's planning and trying to do..it is super shocking and keeps you hooked throughout the entire novel.
Since there was some huge plot going on in this book, the character development was slowed down. Though there was still a lot of progression. We finally get inside Penny's head in entirety and see how twisted she is. I really liked her part of the story because it shows us another side of Caine AND Quinn. Plus the stuff with Little Pete is confusing and strange, but also great because it helps out Astrid's development and kills off more characters because there are no big battles in this one.
The ending really took me by surprise and I wonder how it came about. I feel so sorry for Sam and how people must be thinking about him. But it must be practically impossible to explain to the outside world his position. I wonder how the world will react to everyone's powers? Even more so, I can't wait for the next book and see how anyone will deal with any of this!