30 Days of Genre – Day 21

(See the intro post for all the daily themes.)

Day 21 – Genre novel with the most interesting character interactions.

I bet you expected another Valdemar novel, didn’t you?

Nope, for this one, I’d have to say that Michael Grant’s Gone takes the cake. The characterization and interactions in this book are amazing, because they’re so realistic. Painfully so, at times. When you’re dealing with a book where everyone over a certain age has just vanished and where kids and young teens are left to fend for themselves, it’s a hard situation for the characters to cope with. It’s an idea that every kid’s thought of at some point in their lives, and Grant runs with it, and makes it into a terrifying reality to deal with.

Bullies form their own gangs and try to take over by brute force, some of them with a sadistic bent, others just following the leader because it’s all they know how to do. Others try to fill in adult roles and care for children too young to care for themselves. Some try to manage the chaos as best they can. People abuse their powers, and others try to heal. It’s a violent and brutal world, and the characters behave so very realistically that it’s easy to imagine that all this is real somewhere.

Watch any group of kids on a playground long enough to understand their social dynamics and you’ll see just why the characterization in this novel is so real, and why, therefore, it’s got amazingly-done interactions.

I really ought to read the rest of the series. I hope they don’t let me down, because with Gone, Grant is off to an amazing start and has a lot to live up to.

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