Book Review: Plague (Gone #4) by Michael Grant

So if you haven’t read any books in the Gone Series yet then just turn back now because this a review of the 4th book so just turn back now.

You’ve already missed: Gone, Hunger and Lies 

Spoilers Ahead!

So I don’t know what’s happening. I LOVED Gone, the first book in the series. Then Hunger was good, not as great but still good. Lies was ok and now Plague is eh. I don’t know what’s happening but I’m finding I like the story less and less with each book as it goes on.

So here we are in Plague. Drake is still locked in the basement, the kids are running out of water, Little Pete is sick, a bunch of other kids are coughing up Lungs and there are these weird bugs growing inside kids because they get bit by a snake. And that’s all fine. It’s the story line with the darkness that has me pulling away from the story.

At the beginning of Gone we don’t know why kids have powers or the barrier appeared. The struggle between Sam and Caine is super exciting to watch unfold and the book is action packed. Now I know all stories aren’t all action all the time, but Gone was one exciting scene to the next, with mystery wrapped around the entire story.  In the second book there’s a very slow build up, but the climax of the story is again a face off between Sam and Caine and eventually Drake and it was again very exciting. Lies is where things start to go downhill for me. Sam is becoming more of a secondary character as we introduce more and more characters every story to narrate a chapter here and there. Of course I understand that they have problems besides physical fights that need to be dealt with, but the entire book I was frustrated with most of the character.

And now here we are in Plague. I’ve had a hard time forcing myself through this book. Sam has spent almost the entire book off looking for a new water source. He finds it pretty quickly but he is there a long time. Astrid is back in town. Little Pete is sick, he creates a raincloud, Lance tries to kill him and Astrid tell him go ahead, so she is seriously losing it. I’ve never really been sure of how I feel as Astrid as a character. She’s a blonde know it all so in my mind she’s very similar to Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series, and Sam is her Percy (he literally says in this book that he feels at home in the water), but something about Astrid has always rubbed me the wrong way. I’m also getting sick of her constant references to God. Not that there’s anything wrong with her believing in God but it just keeps getting pushed and pushed how God would see killing Pete as saving hundreds, and would God forgive her and I just go tired of her constant inner monologue about sins and repenting. After a while I just wanted to shake her and say “ENOUGH” because there were clearly more pressing matters at hand. The end of the book includes a theology debate between her and Britney instead of continuing the intense end of book (every time) action scene. Also in the end I’m not really sure why Astrid thinks she killed Pete when he made himself disappear. Clearly from what we know of his power, he did that himself, and has done it before.

Then there’s the whole thing with the Darkness. It’s always been a bit odd since the very first book and now the story is starting to feel less Dystopian and more I don’t even know what but apparently in this book we learn something about how the Darkness has something to do with aliens and it’s seeking human DNA to create a form for itself and honestly I was very confused by the whole explanation but that is the part of the story that is losing me. I preferred when it was a struggle to maintain control over this odd society that popped up as opposed to every storyline now centering around the Darkness.

But so this book really doesn’t get exciting until Drake and his army of giant ants (?) show up and attack Sam and friends. That scene on the lake was finally an interesting part of the book. The story was finally moving at more than a snails pace. We got to continue the exciting pace when they attack in town, but then we kept getting pulled back to Astrid, who was still talking about God and interrupting the exciting scenes and by this point in the book (about 80% through) I’d had enough of her.

The ending did make up for the rest of the book a bit. It was really exciting, similar to the end of Hunger. I did notice that once again every main character made it through. It seems unrealistic that they all lived. I really thought Dekka was a goner and although that would’ve been sad, someone should have died.

I was also a little bummed that Sam didn’t get any credit as usual for his fight at the lake, or get to be part of the fight in town. It seemed like Caine and Brianna were still struggling but apparently there were a lot less ants than I imagined since they pretty much got them all before Pete even made them disappear. But in the end there’s a face-off between Caine and Sam where people have to decide who they’re going to follow and live with. I love how Toto is there to catch Caine’s lies and that Albert is seen as the actual leader in the FAYZ. I alway liked Albert and was glad he lived through his shooting, which makes me suspicious he may have some power we don’t know about.

The big twist however is at the end of the book when Diana goes with Sam. I liked that a lot because I always thought Diana should’ve stayed with Sam at the end of Gone so I like that she finally went with him. I don’t think there’s any romance in it for them in the future but I’m still now sure Sam and Astrid are an OTP for me so I’d be ok with seeing him end up with someone else.

Now that we’re set up for a Caine vs Sam showdown in the next book I am looking forward to it and do have higher hopes for Fear. I’d give Plague a 2 out of 5 stars on goodreads, just because I felt like I had to drag myself through the first 3/4 (or more) to get to anything that could hold my interest.

But like I said I have high hopes that Fear is going to be an improvement.

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And just a little humor (from God no less (lol)) to sum up how I felt almost the entire book. You know what this is if you’ve seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail 😉

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