Rating: 5/5 stars.
There are certain books that, if turned into movies, I would never watch. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (which is a movie, actually) is one of them. Rape and torture? Not something I would like to see on the big screen. Fear by Michael Grant is another one of those books. People having their minds ripped apart and their bodies broken and bent and twisted in various ways? Yeah, throwing up is not that high on my list of priorities.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Gone series by Michael Grant. Like I’ve stated in almost all of my reviews of the previous books, they are not superbly well-written. They are not books that make me think about the meaning of life or make me want to grab a friend and discuss philosophy at my local Barnes and Noble. But they are fierce, addictive, and possess an overarching quality that commands a five-star rating.
In this addition particularly, the title aptly describes what is going on in the book. The theme of fear is ubiquitous in the FAYZ – whether its the fear of Drake’s whip hand, the fear caused by Penny’s creepy power, or the fear of the dome turning completely dark. Some characters are fleshed out more than others, but they are all easy to sympathize with. Besides Drake and Penny, of course, the former being a bigoted sexist and the latter being a gruesome little girl with a truly terrifying ability.
I am curious to see how Grant wraps up this gargantuan story with all of its plot lines and characters and supernatural occurrences. He hasn’t made a serious misstep yet, so hopefully he will pull through and write a fantastic finale!