Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
I have to say, that this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite a while. I'd been just a bit doubtful when I picked it up, it didn't seem like my type of story. (and it's pointed more toward middle grade) But boy am I glad I picked it up! It was amazing, absolutely a great read, one I regret not reading earlier.
The plot was great, in a matter of seconds all the adults have disappeared leaving only kids from the age of 14 and below to fend for themselves in the small town of Perdido Beach, California. No grown-ups. No doctors, no fire-fighters policemen, or teachers. No parents. An impenetrable wall is also discovered all around the town, up and below, sealing it. Things are changing rapidly. The action in the book doesn't take long to start but instead it hits you right away. I loved clawing my way trough the entire mysterious plot.
There is quite a number of characters to keep track of. However it's not hard as each and every one of them are memorable - whether through their personality traits, or their own super skills, they're easily identifiable. It's also made simple. There's good versus evil. Then you can even break it into smaller groups based on their 'social status'. You can even go further and organize the characters by their skills or powers if they have any. It was a great way to identify the character and remember them throughout the book. More do get added as the story progresses, but their personality traits are different from one another so it's not hard to remember them at all. Some of them are even beginning to grow power and some of that totally reminded me of X-men.
All in all, this book was amazing, I have yet to pick up Hunger and just devour the goodness of it too.