It goes without saying that grilled rat is superior to boiled. And I rather hope that Michael Grant hasn’t just made this up, but tested it. The third book in his Gone series is titled Lies, and lying is what some of the children decide to do, in the interest of everyone’s welfare. Of course.
I’ve been a little lukewarm earlier. Gone was good, but the shock that I was in for six books put me off. Hunger was scary. Now that my scare expectations had risen, I was more than ready for Lies. It’s not worse. Just more of the same, but different, because it’s a new book.
When we met, Michael promised me some new characters, and it seems they are not getting pregnant after all. I won’t say how or where these new ones turn up, but I am already very fond of Sanjit. I hope Michael isn’t going to kill him off or turn him bad. I won’t allow it.
Because that’s what he does. Good characters go bad and bad ones improve. Just as in real life, we aren’t always the same and we can change. It’s quite amazing how one or two really iffy characters have matured beyond belief.
Michael was suggesting that the explanation for the Fayz (the bubble the children have been caught inside) would come in the next book, but there is some sort of hint in Lies. Unless that’s a lie too. Had I read this before interviewing Michael, I would have asked different questions. Some would have been unnecessary, and there are other ones I’m coming up with in their place.
This series is growing, and not just on me, I hope. What seemed to be a common action novel at first, is developing and getting really quite interesting. And the humour is nicely satisfying. Now it’s me who can’t wait for the next three books. As if I wasn’t old enough to have poofed the first time.