Friday, June 19, 2009

14 is a good age...

Well according to these two books, fourteen is a good age to stay.

Firstly, in Gone by Michael Grant, everyone fifteen and over vanishes in an instant in the small Californian coastal town of Perdido Beach.

"The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive.But everyone's idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power...Even kill."

Gone is the first part of a planned six book series and is available in the UK as well as the US.

Read more from Gone at the publisher's website.

Later in the year, 3 September in fact, Charlie Higson's The Enemy will be published in the UK and here the adults become zombies:

The Enemy is the first title in a chilling series of books which will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is set in an eerie, modern-day London after a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of fourteen. Those afflicted either die or become so crazed by disease they are little more than wild animals. Gangs of kids are left to fend for themselves, dodging the zombie adults who remain.

Read the rest of the press release at the Young Bond Dossier.

The Enemy will be published by Disney-Hyperion in the US.


  1. I found your blog through BookWitch, and am also a fan of both crime novels and YA. I just started reading the sequel to Gone (Hunger), and am now DYING to read The Enemy. Thanks for the info!

  2. Hi Jen,

    many thanks for coming through to my blog :). I'm still on Gone, enjoying a lot. Whether I'll be able to hang on for the UK edition of Hunger next April or splash out on an import, remains to be seen!

  3. And you just kind of gave me my second round on the US VS UK posting, Thanks!

    BTW Gone Is kinda cool, read it, liked it, but I quickly moved on.

  4. Hi Taschima, glad to help! Love the three covers of women offering things that you put up today.

    I hadn't read much of Gone before I found out it was part of a series. In this case I'd rather it was a one-off as the wait to find out what's going on is going to be so long...!