Saturday, February 11, 2012

Book Review: Lies by Michael Grant

It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness--or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free? (Summary by Goodreads)
Young Adult
Genre: science fiction
Pages: 447 in the US hard cover addition
Publishing Company: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 4th 2010

For me this book is where the story really drew me in. Up until this book I liked the series, but I definitely wasn't fangirling over it. I don't know exactly what about this one really sucked me in, but I know that it did. I love most of the characters- even though sometimes I feel like their are too many- it really only focus' on a few each book. I hated all the characters your supposed to hate with a passion and loved a majority of the main characters. Though I do really dislike the main characters love interest, she's really annoying and I can't really connect with her. A big part for me is that I like to be able to see what the main character sees in their love interest- don't get me wrong I see that here. She's smart and can be very helpful to him when he needs her, but she also puts pressure on him and overall I just don't care for her much.

Luckily, romance takes a less important part in this book so I am able to enjoy it anyway. The action of Lies is just as good as ever, though at times I felt it was a little predictable. I guessed the twist at the end very early on, but in this case it didn't take much away from the book. The description and story in Grants words is more important than simply what took place. I really like Grants writing style it's easy to read and the children feel like children- granted ones that are having to grow up very fast.

What really intrigued me about this was all the questions which are being brought up all of a sudden. It's issue in the lasts books are still present, they didn't just go away, but new problems are arising and your trying to figure things out along with the characters.

As for the villains in this book, The Human Crew from the last book play a major role, and what a major creep is Zil? I wanted to smack him so much through out this book. The Britney and Drake thing was fascinating and I really liked that idea, though that in it's own brings up some major questions. Caine plays less of a role in this one and you really start to see how tame he is in contrast to Drake, who is without a doubt a sociopath.

These books are sort of long but at no point do I wish it was shorter, I like the progression of the story and how it unfolds. I have grown to really like the alternating character perspectives and I love the count down of hours till the big action of the book. It constantly keeps you wondering what that big event is going to be.

As soon as I finished this book I started the next one which for me means it was a good read. I definitely recommend this for people who are fans of Lord  of the Flies and/or Lost. It's such a good story and it will have you dying to know what brought about the Fayz and what's on the other side of that barrier.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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