BOOK REVIEW | LIGHT BY MICHAEL GRANT

February 25, 2017


It's been a while since my last book review huh? Because I know how lazy and unpredictable I can be when it comes to reading, I've deciding to lower my reading goal this year from 30 books to 12 books. That gives me time to read AT LEAST one book a month, but I'll probably read more than 12 books this year. I just no longer have any pressure to read a high number of books because that's not what reading is about.

For today's post, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the sixth and final installment of the Gone series by Michael Grant, OR SO I THOUGHT BECAUSE APPARENTLY THERE'S GOING TO BE A SEVENTH BOOK COMING OUT IN OCTOBER CALLED MONSTER SOOOOOO...

Anyways, before I start discussing this book, if you haven't read Light or any books in this series, do not read this post. It is spoiler free, but I can spoil a lot of it if you haven't read the series or Fear, the second to last book.

Enough rambling, let's get on with it.

Synopsis
It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. Light, Michael Grant's sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle? - Goodreads

Plot
I suck at summarizing without giving too much away. The synopsis gives you a good indication of what goes on in this book.
Diana gave birth to mutant child, Gaia.
Gaia wants to kill everyone so Little Pete cannot have a host and be in human form again.
The barrier is transparent and kids are communicating with the outside world.
Drake is still a psychopath.
Lots and lots of death.
But lots and lots of love and friendship.
It's endgame.

Characters
Sam. Aka the Hero of the FAYZ. Throughout this series, I've always had a love and hate relationship with Sam. Far too often did he come off as a weak lead and someone who let me down too many times. But in Light, I was surprisingly content with his character and actions. There were times where I just wanted to scream at him to get his shit together, but I mean, what could he do? I felt like his character did develop tremendously throughout the series, and in the very end, he showed himself to be a man rather than a boy. You could say I'm a proud mom because his real mom, Connie, ain't shit.

Astrid. Oh boy. Since the very first book, I've never liked Astrid. I tried and tried to give her character a chance, but every time she would open her mouth, my eyes would just roll involuntarily. She's not an easy character to like. She's a smart ass, weak, and emotionally, maybe even mentally, broken. I mean she killed her brother and had to deal with Drake, the psychopath. But one thing I will say about Astrid is that she complements Sam. There's not a huge chunk of romance in Light, but the moments shared between her and Sam felt pure and genuine. How she cares about him is beautiful, I will give her that.

Diana. This girl right here has probably been the only character (apart from Lana) that has really experienced Hell in the FAYZ. She got pregnant and gave birth to a demon child, Gaia. I've never felt so bad for someone before in a book. Diana was literally abused physically and emotionally by her daughter, and she tried, I mean she really tried, to see Gaia as something other than a demon, but as her child. Eventually, she had to realize that her daughter is not her daughter, but just someone that looks like her. And don't even get me started about Diana's relationship with Caine. I fucking love them together, more than Sam and Astrid, and I was utterly heartbroken at the end. Diana isn't an angel by any means, but she wants and tries to do the right thing. She's one of the strongest female characters in all of the books I've read.

Caine. I actually don't have much to say about him, expect for the fact that I literally hate him. What he did in the end was both selfish and heroic. I really loved Caine's character in this series, despite the evil shit he's done. Even though him and Sam are brothers, they are not the same by any means. Caine is not innocent and was a huge reason as to why so many deaths occurred in the FAYZ. Apart from Diana, who he did treat like shit from time to time, Caine only cared about himself. But I did see a different side to him in Light. A vulnerable side of him that I loved.

Drake. A complete psychopath. No sympathy and no remorse. He was a damaged soul the moment he was introduced and he disgustingly reminds me of Jack Merridew from Lord of the Flies. Drake is just another story on it's own. A boy turned savage.

They are so many other important characters (Lana, Edilio, Quinn, Brianna, Dekka), but for the sake of this post, I just chose my top 5. I love them all though.

Writing
For a series that is geared towards young adults, the writing is dark. It's not something that is easy to digest. You're reading about these kids who are literally going mad and it's so fucked up to read about nine year olds using a shotguns to protect their lives. The FAYZ is a dark and miserable place. The writing, vocab wise, is not too advanced and is easy to understand, but the experiences that these kids face, the stories and images that your mind creates, can be tough (not trying to be dramatic). Nevertheless, it gives a great insight on children and what can happen when adults aren't around to keep order.

Final Thoughts & Rating
I started this series in 6th grade. I was maybe 11 or 12 years old and all I can remember was my obsession with these characters and the FAYZ. With each book, I grew with Sam, Astrid, Diana, Caine, and everyone else. I saw a dark side to children that I never wanted to see, but was intrigued nevertheless. Light was an amazing final book (for now at least) and I couldn't have wanted it to end any other way (for the most part). This series was a huge part of my childhood and I'll always remember how it made me feel. Read it if you get the chance.

4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS


What are you thoughts on Light?

Until next time,

k.m.

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