‘Fear’ – Michael Grant
Night is falling in the FAYZ permanently. The barrier that surrounds the town of Perdido Beach is turning black, blotting out the sun – it’s Sam’s worst nightmare.
With Astrid still missing, and Edilio and Lana struggling to maintain order, Sam and his followers need all the courage they can get as their world descends into darkness. Only real heroes will survive…
It’s book five out of six in the series and I have to say that Grant has got this one right with ‘Fear’. It’s exciting, fast-paced and has plenty of different elements that really kept the tension high throughout.
I’ll try and keep this review “spoiler-free” but this is going to be difficult with this being one in a lengthy series, so I do recommend you check out my review of the first book, ‘Gone‘, to get you started.
With the group being split into two camps, we are finally given an insight into how Caine can lead the children down at Perdido Beach. Sam and his loyal followers have moved up to the lake to get their water supply and I enjoyed the contrast that Grant gave between the two. In particular, the children suffer the difficulties of communication when help is needed and I was keen to understand how Sam would overcome the distance between the two camps that is filled with danger along the way. Also, with the barrier changing to black that is growing like a stain throughout the FAYZ, I was always wondering whether everything would be sorted in time before the community is plunged into total darkness.
The reader is given even more of an insight to the outside world this time with dedicated chapters. Once again I found this was great and it intensified the drama that was occurring within the barrier. Indeed, the ending was a surprise and I am really keen to see how this story will finish.
I am glad I persevered and continued reading this series and hope that the final book does not disappoint. Once I had got my head around the fact that one of the characters is pregnant and progressing at a ludicrously fast pace (after all, anything can happen in the FAYZ), this was an enjoyable book to read that I devoured in a couple of days. Good work, Grant!
For my reviews on the other books in the ‘Gone’ series, click the links below: