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Monster. Villain. Hero. Four years after the Perdido Beach dome went down, the alien virus that created it is still wreaking havoc, and virus-infested rock has created a new set of humans with mutant powers. Rockborn gang members Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and Francis are fresh off their defeat of Dillion Poe and in need of answers to some very pressing questions about Monster. Villain. Hero. Four years after the Perdido Beach dome went down, the alien virus that created it is still wreaking havoc, and virus-infested rock has created a new set of humans with mutant powers. Rockborn gang members Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and Francis are fresh off their defeat of Dillion Poe and in need of answers to some very pressing questions about their own powers: who are the Dark Watchers? And what is this Fourth Dimension that only Francis can access? But heroes don’t get down time. When the alien-virus infested rock hits New York, a new foe, Bob Markovic, rises amongst the newly rockborn. Markovic’s arrogance and lack of a moral compass already made him unbearable. With his newfound power to inflict a deadly disease, he could send all of humanity into a living hell. As they try to find their footing on morally gray grounds, the Rockborn Gang will have to make some tough decisions if they want to save the world. Michael Grant bids farewell to the globally bestselling Gone universe with the finale to the Monster trilogy. Old friends and new foes come together in this battle for humanity. The mind-blowing and existential ending will make you rethink: What does it take to be a hero?


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Monster. Villain. Hero. Four years after the Perdido Beach dome went down, the alien virus that created it is still wreaking havoc, and virus-infested rock has created a new set of humans with mutant powers. Rockborn gang members Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and Francis are fresh off their defeat of Dillion Poe and in need of answers to some very pressing questions about Monster. Villain. Hero. Four years after the Perdido Beach dome went down, the alien virus that created it is still wreaking havoc, and virus-infested rock has created a new set of humans with mutant powers. Rockborn gang members Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and Francis are fresh off their defeat of Dillion Poe and in need of answers to some very pressing questions about their own powers: who are the Dark Watchers? And what is this Fourth Dimension that only Francis can access? But heroes don’t get down time. When the alien-virus infested rock hits New York, a new foe, Bob Markovic, rises amongst the newly rockborn. Markovic’s arrogance and lack of a moral compass already made him unbearable. With his newfound power to inflict a deadly disease, he could send all of humanity into a living hell. As they try to find their footing on morally gray grounds, the Rockborn Gang will have to make some tough decisions if they want to save the world. Michael Grant bids farewell to the globally bestselling Gone universe with the finale to the Monster trilogy. Old friends and new foes come together in this battle for humanity. The mind-blowing and existential ending will make you rethink: What does it take to be a hero?

30 review for Hero

  1. 5 out of 5

    Therese

    oh malik you absolute idiot, this is all your fault

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    I 100% think that Michael Grant is capable of just destroying the whole of the human civilisation, so the series can go out with a bang. Best we not think about it... ------------------ If Michael Grant doesn't release a short story after this is published with Dekka happy, at home, with a cat and a girlfriend, I'm going to riot. ------------------ Getting prepped to reread these before this comes out! ------------------ I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!! WHEN IS IT COMING OUT??????

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    What an ending Mr Grant! Absolutely loved the Gone series, and Hero brings the ‘sequels’ trilogy to a close. Absolutely brilliant, highly recommended, so many memorable characters and all so flawed and perfect and fragile and empowering and diverse and STRONG in every sense. Do yourself a favour and binge read them all in sequence What an ending Mr Grant! Absolutely loved the Gone series, and Hero brings the ‘sequels’ trilogy to a close. Absolutely brilliant, highly recommended, so many memorable characters and all so flawed and perfect and fragile and empowering and diverse and STRONG in every sense. Do yourself a favour and binge read them all in sequence 💕

  4. 4 out of 5

    Insert Name Here

    The Rockborn Gang face a new horrific monster as the terrifying trilogy races to its action packed finale. ...well. That ending is going to be very divisive. I can see wars erupting online over this one. There's not a lot I can say about this without spoiling that ending. There are a few more of the original characters, a couple of new ones, as usual for Michael. The horror rachets up another rung, but it's almost cartoonish now, it's so awful. We've passed the level where it's understandable. I The Rockborn Gang face a new horrific monster as the terrifying trilogy races to its action packed finale. ...well. That ending is going to be very divisive. I can see wars erupting online over this one. There's not a lot I can say about this without spoiling that ending. There are a few more of the original characters, a couple of new ones, as usual for Michael. The horror rachets up another rung, but it's almost cartoonish now, it's so awful. We've passed the level where it's understandable. I applaud Michael for continuing this series, and for publicly endorsing fanfiction based on it - he's almost begging people to write for it, and it's great that he's giving them that official backing. But for me, the Gone series finishes with the first six books. This new trilogy, while enjoyable and exciting, is just a stretch too far for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kryssi D'Eredita

    This was heading toward 5 stars, until that ending... that was the lousiest cop out of an ending since The Chronicles of Nick. I can’t rate an unfinished book I changed my mind. I am going to rate it. Such a let down of a great series. This was heading toward 5 stars, until that ending... that was the lousiest cop out of an ending since The Chronicles of Nick. I can’t rate an unfinished book 😡 I changed my mind. I am going to rate it. Such a let down of a great series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Calvin Biss

    I loved the gone series books 1-6 couldn't put them down , but the 3 follow up books just felt like the author was just trying to cash in on the success of them .

  7. 5 out of 5

    KSS

    4.5 *minutes after finishing* Oh My Gosh .... Mind officially blown! (view spoiler)[Cliff hanger and (hide spoiler)] plot twist to the max! ..... Oh my Gosh! .... I don't need my own copy of this book which is what normally warrants a 5 Star rating from me but oh. My. Gosh!!!! #speechless *10 hours later* So I had time to sit on this book and I still feel the same. Mind officially blown. I don't even want to write anything else besides.... (view spoiler)[ (view spoiler)[(view spoiler)[ ...are you sure you want 4.5 *minutes after finishing* Oh My Gosh .... Mind officially blown! (view spoiler)[Cliff hanger and (hide spoiler)] plot twist to the max! ..... Oh my Gosh! .... I don't need my own copy of this book which is what normally warrants a 5 Star rating from me but oh. My. Gosh!!!! #speechless *10 hours later* So I had time to sit on this book and I still feel the same. Mind officially blown. I don't even want to write anything else besides.... (view spoiler)[ (view spoiler)[(view spoiler)[ ...are you sure you want to know? (hide spoiler)] ...are you sure you're sure? okay, here we go... (view spoiler)[Nothing has actually happened in this entire series. This is not true reality. The FAYZ, the morphs are all simulations of a future Dr. Malik + Dr. Shade Darby's memories which made a crazy AI baby (for some reason that we aren't told) which created this entire world. Little Pete figured it out though he didn't understand what he was seeing. Malik finds out when he and Francis go chasing down the alien Watchers...all the way to their very human lab...26 years in the future. The main cast of characters then has a choice. They have to a unanimous vote to either pull the plug on the AI and all "die" or live knowing that the entire worlds population is suffering in this fake AI system in this world of super powers. They vote...and the book ends. And we don't know what they decide! Michael Grant then gives us his blessing to write fan fiction about what happens next. Y'all....Y'all, I'm literally losing my mind at how amazing this is. I never saw it coming. I don't feel completely let down. Well, just by the Drake and Astrid fight and death scene. So he comes after her. She gets rock powers, uses quick Lime on his body then throws him in the ocean. The End. *rolls eyes* I woulda kept him right where I could watch him to see if he tries to come back again. But anyways. Still! This is crazy!!! Read it for yourself. This makes me want to go back and read the entire series from this lens. I wonder if Michael Grant always knew this was the truth. Cause technically, we just assumed what teen-Astrid said about alien scientists (wait! Ohmygosh, it was right there!!) sending the virus that merged with nuclear waste and turned into the Gaiaphage was the truth. And those same scientists were sending the rock into the non-FAYZ world. (hide spoiler)] < (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    emily_oriley

    You Dallased it. You actually Dallased the gorram ending. And you know what? I would have been disappointed, but still fine. It would explain why the writing is so disjointed at times and how nothing the government was doing made any logical sense (even if you assume its with our current president). And how the characters never felt real. But then that letter. The letter which basically admits you KNEW you were giving us subpar work and you didn’t care because you figured some people would like You Dallased it. You actually Dallased the gorram ending. And you know what? I would have been disappointed, but still fine. It would explain why the writing is so disjointed at times and how nothing the government was doing made any logical sense (even if you assume its with our current president). And how the characters never felt real. But then that letter. The letter which basically admits you KNEW you were giving us subpar work and you didn’t care because you figured some people would like it. It’s nice you support fan fiction authors but to basically write yourself into a corner and tell us fans “eh, you guys figure it out, okay byeeeeee” is a slap in the f***ing face. I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt! I genuinely believed the issue with this story was poor editing choices and that lying on the cutting room floor was a masterpiece. You were the chosen one!! You were meant to save us from lazy authors, not join them!! See? I can rip off stuff, too. Speaking of, never invoke the name of Stan Lee ever again. Now I need to go watch more kitten videos to quell this rage. By the way, twenty gallons of industrial glue and fifty bags of sugar would’ve ended this without all the casual murder. ME AM SMALL BRAIN AND EVEN I FIGURED THAT OUT!!!!! Okay, cat videos. Cat videos.....oh kitty, you’re too big for that tiny box......so silly O.O

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)

    AHHHHHHH!!!!! BEST SERIES EVER!!! I was so scared when Michael Grant said he was going to continue with another series with my favorite characters from the Gone series. But man, I should have known that Michael Grant can do ANYTHING! I am not exaggerating when I say that I was all over the place with this series. God, I loved Dekka and Shade and Malik and Armo and . . . I'm probably leaving someone out, but they were all so damn lovable. There were new characters and old ones came back (SAM AND AHHHHHHH!!!!! BEST SERIES EVER!!! I was so scared when Michael Grant said he was going to continue with another series with my favorite characters from the Gone series. But man, I should have known that Michael Grant can do ANYTHING! I am not exaggerating when I say that I was all over the place with this series. God, I loved Dekka and Shade and Malik and Armo and . . . I'm probably leaving someone out, but they were all so damn lovable. There were new characters and old ones came back (SAM AND ASTRID) and there was a new villain that was completely terrifying. This book was freaking nonstop action and man, THAT ENDING! I can't even say enough about how damn perfect it was. Yeah, some people may not like it because it did leave one big thing up in the air. But I thought that was the perfect way to do it. There were so many twists and turns in this installment. I will miss these characters so much!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vinncent Mauro

    Good conclusion to the trilogy/series. Writing was fast paced as usual, very thrilling, gory and great characters. I still prefer the 6 book gone series as this trilogy was a bit too much going on for shock value, however I would still recommend !

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jess Willox

    I am furious, heartbroken - and loved every second of it. That ending was unsatisfactory- however, I couldn’t imagine one of my favorite worlds ending any other way. Bravo to Michael Grant for leaving me astonishingly angry and yet strangely, at peace.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was lovely and gory. I already miss these characters. Rockborn Gang 4 life. Now patiently waiting for the TV show...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lane

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Honestly, i don't know how i was expecting this final book to finish but i'm satisfied. I can imagine that other people would disagree but an ambiguous ending was what the fans of the series needed. Not happy to finish the 'Gone' series and definitely think Michael Grant could continue but then, if he were to follow the JK route, it might not have gone so well. I'm giving this five stars, for the sole reason that the book has lived up to what i expected from it, and Grant has not gone overboard to Honestly, i don't know how i was expecting this final book to finish but i'm satisfied. I can imagine that other people would disagree but an ambiguous ending was what the fans of the series needed. Not happy to finish the 'Gone' series and definitely think Michael Grant could continue but then, if he were to follow the JK route, it might not have gone so well. I'm giving this five stars, for the sole reason that the book has lived up to what i expected from it, and Grant has not gone overboard to the point where it gets ridiculous :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam Burnley

    The first thing that automatically stood out for me in this book, was the chemistry that our rockborn gang had with each other with them being able to bounce off with each other, with their chemist really coming through the page and cementing them as a gang that might fight with each other but will stay together, seeing that you can see that all like each and get on with each other, with them making a mockery out of shade and Malik being my favourite part seeing that you could see how fun they The first thing that automatically stood out for me in this book, was the chemistry that our rockborn gang had with each other with them being able to bounce off with each other, with their chemist really coming through the page and cementing them as a gang that might fight with each other but will stay together, seeing that you can see that all like each and get on with each other, with them making a mockery out of shade and Malik being my favourite part seeing that you could see how fun they were getting out of it. The rockborn gang chemistry really made it obvious that they were in this for the long run, that they have spent a lot of time together and have bonded with each other, in a way that they have not done in the previous books, seeing that they were all separated but now they are this united front, that might have their in group fighting but they can get over it and be their for each other when it’s really needed. The second thing that I liked about the rock born was that they lost, which might sound like I was backing them but with every loss they learned something new which would lead them towards them victory on the last battle. I liked that it was reaalistly seeing that we have these superhero movies, now a days where the new put together team automation know how to play to each other strengths but in a real life, this would be very uncommon seeing that you have to get experiences to know what is your functions in a group and where do you fit into when it comes to winning a battle, seeing that they have all had solo fights but have never done it in a group setting I did not like how the villains From the first to second book were wiped out and taken out of the table, very early in the book with me thinking it just came across as too easy, which I think have been a problem though out this trilogy if I am honest, which no villains ever really staying through all three books with this being a problem for me, seeing that the emotional conflict would be greater and the stakes would be higher, seeing that the villains still has not been defeated yet. I think he was going for the emotional conflict when it comes to the relationship that the villain and one of the rockborn gang had, with me thinking a particular rockborn gang should been the one that was the villains ultimate downfall, seeing that the emotional impact would been greater and would have really added tension to book, with us questioning if she can do it. The relationship was good between the villain and this particular villains, with it developing well but I just think we could had more from them, for example bring them face to face with each other properly and see what kind of explosion we would get. My favourite thread line from the second book that was picked in this book, was the focus on Francis and her powers which are so amazing that she literally saved everyone lives which is pretty much biggest hero moment you can get in this type of book. The importance of Francis and the importance of her powers in the book was pretty much highlighted every time, with her proving herself useful in a tight situation and her powers being the very thing that lead us to the answers of who the watchers are which has been the biggest guestion in these sets of books. The other thing that I like about Francis is that she a person that is unique, in the way that she does not like her powers that she find them disturbing and creepy because not everyone wants to find themselves in this situation, with these powers that so cool but also creepy seeing that the deconstruction of some things can be unsettling, especially the deconstruction of a human body and scary in the sense, that everything in this dimension seems to have no place or sense of place I think ending this series and the gone series ending in general is good at this point, because I do think this book story and the second book story had different components to them and different things that were enjoyably about them, but I did feel like this book story was repetitive in the way that it was building up this big battle and big set piece which too me just felt like a repeat of the gone series in general at times, with this problem being in all of the 9 books so I did every single one for different reason, I do think this book needs to be the last in the series seeing that their not too much he can do at this point. The story was good for what it was but it did not make the book, with the characters making this book for me The returning of the characters of the original series was a real delight for me, seeing that it was greeting old friends that you not seen in ages, with them all still being great characters to have In your book, with them all having strong writing to them and strong quality’s that were recognizable from the first series, for example eddilo the organization, Sam the hero and Astrid the smart one with them all keeping these things about them, with them reminding you why they were characters that we all fell in love with and followed with a passion in the first six book, now I can only talk for myself so I don’t presume to know what other people think of these people. That ending was such a cliffhanger right, like damn going have me thinking all night seeing that the stakes of their decisions is so high and will pretty much decide if they stay or go, with us never knowing seeing that it left open ended which I think is a good thing seeing that it will leave our minds wondering and let us make up our story now at this point, with us being to continue it or finish in our own minds but knowing the author and a little bit about him, I think he did this ending on purpose seeing that he appreciates fan fiction which is not something that every author but I have no problem with it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Johnson

    I was looking forward to it, but... because of the too many highly uncomfortable ages related problems, I’m not so sure I will, unfortunately... They really should review the ages of the characters... that makes me really uneasy- like Brianna died at 12, apparently looking even younger, and now in Monster they said Dekka - who is 19 years-old - was still in love with her???? And they did say Brianna was 12 - and that Dekka was nineteen! Like what the fuck? I’m sorry but that is fucking I was looking forward to it, but... because of the too many highly uncomfortable ages related problems, I’m not so sure I will, unfortunately... They really should review the ages of the characters... that makes me really uneasy- like Brianna died at 12, apparently looking even younger, and now in Monster they said Dekka - who is 19 years-old - was still in love with her???? And they did say Brianna was 12 - and that Dekka was nineteen! Like what the fuck? I’m sorry but that is fucking disgusting. That’s far from the only example I can think of, but please fix this, Mr. Grant, please review the ages throughout the whole series, because many times many characters were way too young for pairing them with another way too old character, and other things disturbing like that.

  16. 4 out of 5

    effbutnoteff

    5 stars of course :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sammm [involuntarily somewhat on hiatus]

    I came really close to rating this a 4, not because I think this book is great, or that I like it a lot, but the fact that I did like it considerably more than the previous two, thinking it has more of a superhero feel to it. This, did not happen, due to the last two chapters and the add-on. While some may consider the twist clever, I'm sure just as how, from what I gathered since I've never watched the show, most people hated the reveal for Lost, a good number of people are not going to like I came really close to rating this a 4, not because I think this book is great, or that I like it a lot, but the fact that I did like it considerably more than the previous two, thinking it has more of a superhero feel to it. This, did not happen, due to the last two chapters and the add-on. While some may consider the twist clever, I'm sure just as how, from what I gathered since I've never watched the show, most people hated the reveal for Lost, a good number of people are not going to like the, imo completely unnecessary, reveal for this trilogy and its predecessor that's set in the same universe. Believe me, I'll always pick the alien-rock-gave-people-power approach over the great reveal. I'll also add a part of the Author’s Note to quotes, so that random people can randomly see the message. You welcome fan fiction? I can't say I'm a fan, but I'll give you this: The last two chapters were a dream and they realized they were pranked by the Dark Watchers, told them to shove it to where sun don't shine, and continue to survive until the next crisis surface. The End. Of course I'm effing angry. Okay that's a lie, I don't have that strong of an emotion towards this trilogy, but I still feel saddened for the way it went. Dear Grant, you seemed like a wonderful person and I'll forever be grateful for the honest answer you gave about not needing to read Gone before this, but if this is your idea of a superhero story, I really hope you will never, ever, write for X-Men related titles, no more than a two-year-run, if must. This trilogy showcased how, superheroes, as we read in comics or watch in cartoons, film, or series, are just that, fictions and not real. On one hand I think this could have been a good message, lest some twelve-year-olds believe they can shoot spiderwebs sticky enough for them to jump from buildings to buildings. But if that's your goal, consider not doing it in a book series where you keep telling people is your idea of superhero-y, that this series is about superheroes. It's super depressing when characters who wanted to be heroes kept failing, and constantly having the monologues like "it's so different from how it happens in the comics." When I read superhero stuff, of course they don't always succeed, there's trial and error and stuff. I read it for the rewarding part when it came. For this trilogy, I don't think there's anything too rewarding, other than the fact that, miraculously, no main characters die, HOWEVER, you then reveal that supposed twist, making it basically irrelevant. How very sad.

  18. 5 out of 5

    DJR

    What the heck kind of ending is that? I have followed all the books and really enjoyed them until the end. If I wanted to make my own ending I would have written my own book. So grab a coffee, no make that Irish coffe and let me tell you my thoughts.( my thoughts not yours). So on vote, it will never be unanimous. Couple characters are fighters and will want to continue. Then the whole A.I thing. 26 yrs later A.I Malik said they are in a sim created by the mind of Malik. Proceeded to say that the What the heck kind of ending is that? I have followed all the books and really enjoyed them until the end. If I wanted to make my own ending I would have written my own book. So grab a coffee, no make that Irish coffe and let me tell you my thoughts.( my thoughts not yours). So on vote, it will never be unanimous. Couple characters are fighters and will want to continue. Then the whole A.I thing. 26 yrs later A.I Malik said they are in a sim created by the mind of Malik. Proceeded to say that the whole story was a sim including the FAYZE. He also said that none of it really happened in the real world only in the sim. I highly disagree. If it was pulled from the original Maliks mind then there had to be a reason that he chose the characters that he did. (Original Malik is a techie and smart but I don’t think he gives much thought to making up stories in his head.) I think that the FAYZE did happen or something like that. Something happened to all these kids that Malik never forgot and in his head he transformed them by giving them a better ending. Maybe FAYZE or just maybe bad deaths happened to these kids. I think there was a real Shade Darby for Malik. No doubt on that. A.I Malik said the only other one who knew about the A.I was Pete. I do think there was also a Pete but he must have died in a bad way too. Malik felt so much for these kids that it stuck with him and when he created the A.I , the A.I just ran with it. I think they tried to say that the 26yr older Malik was talking through the sim-A.I. But that is not true, he was also a part of the sim. He was programmed to encounter anyone who got that far. That is just 1 scenario. The other is that all this stuff really truly happened. The “real” world people are still out there doing the wondered that the do. They have no idea about any sim. I don’t think Malik was apart of them he just followed their exploits, remembered and then programmed it in. So we now have sim people and real people. Of course Creating the sim was 26 yrs later which would make most of the crew of the rock gang around 40-50 years old now. If they all still survived. Both scenarios were a way to immortalize the heros for Malik. Lastly, aren’t you glad! On Drake. Trench will not work. The amount of pressure at that depth would crush just about anything, setting drake free someday. One of the reason we cant go all the way down to the trench is because of the brutal pressure. Something to think about. Did I like they series starting with Gone. Hell yes. Recommend hell yes. Sad it’s over, you bet. Ending, aww come on!

  19. 4 out of 5

    ella areleah

    wow. i mean, wow. i really enjoyed this series, from gone to hero. michael grant has really made something extraordinary. THE ENDING. great. couldn't have been better. i loved everything about it. i'm usually one for bittersweet endings, as you've most likely already seen. the not-closure-but-closure was enough that i wasn't feeling empty and unfinished but i wasn't completely finished with the stories. sam and astrid's appearances just before the ending acted great for that, we were finished wow. i mean, wow. i really enjoyed this series, from gone to hero. michael grant has really made something extraordinary. THE ENDING. great. couldn't have been better. i loved everything about it. i'm usually one for bittersweet endings, as you've most likely already seen. the not-closure-but-closure was enough that i wasn't feeling empty and unfinished but i wasn't completely finished with the stories. sam and astrid's appearances just before the ending acted great for that, we were finished with gone and craving more hero. and of course, we finally figured out who the dark watchers were, and the whole (view spoiler)[ destroying their universe thing. (hide spoiler)] as for before the ending... it was very good. not the best, but a good story. i was bored at times, especially (whatever sense this makes) in the action scenes. i'm not saying they were too descriptive, because that may have not been the case. but it could have very well been. the slight cruz-armo and shade-malik was great, and it kept me going throughout the story. i think i wanted to see a little bit more of the character's personal before-rock lives, though. we never got much of francis, armo, cruz, simone, and malik and what they were like before. most we got the background stories-francis, alcoholic mother, cruz, straight MTF, simone, lesbian and power hungry father, and malik, smart dude who used to date shade- but that was it. where did they go to school? were they bullied? are they 16 in college because they're just that smart? i don't know. grant did an amazing job making the story realistic, in terms of feelings. the characters were haunted at night when they killed a man. they had ptsd after near-death experiences. even the strongest, toughest characters cried, broken by the gore. i felt as if i was inside of their heads, even in the third person point of view. a few paragraphs i wrote were kind of negative, but i really did love this story. it's always easier to find the negative in things, even when you love them. *insert good analogy here* :) -ella

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pipi

    A heart-pounding conclusion to a series I have loved for close to a decade now. The commentary on what happens after is so important, the consequences of high intensity action, trauma and brutality is not lightly brushed over. It is real and raw. With Sam, Astrid and Dekka and now with this new group of 'heroes'. "This stuff, you want to just put it all in a box," Dekka said. "But it never fits. You can never quite close the lid on that box. All of a sudden, from nowhere, for no reason, it just A heart-pounding conclusion to a series I have loved for close to a decade now. The commentary on what happens after is so important, the consequences of high intensity action, trauma and brutality is not lightly brushed over. It is real and raw. With Sam, Astrid and Dekka and now with this new group of 'heroes'. "This stuff, you want to just put it all in a box," Dekka said. "But it never fits. You can never quite close the lid on that box. All of a sudden, from nowhere, for no reason, it just hits you."...."And people always think 'Oh, that won't happen to me. I'm tough.' But you'll be standing in a line at Starbucks or whatever, everything fine, and then it'll come back, and suddenly you have to sit down, you know? It knocks the wind out of you." Trauma isn't romantic, it isn't easy or textbook. It doesn't always take over your life and it isn't always obvious. Sometimes it festers, it seeps into the cracks, erodes at your sense of self, slowly filters into the open sores of your vulnerabilities. Until you split apart. Also the idea of human free will is a really interesting philosophical question debated throughout this trilogy, in the previous book, quite literally with the reality of powers that emerge in certain characters, but also in this conclusion. That the human mind cannot cope with the idea that is doesn't have free will, that it is limited to the idea that they are wholly in control. What does that say about us? That we seek to find and exert control in every situation. From our political leaders to our youngest of youth. The idea that someone else is making our decisions or threatening our abilities to make decision in any way is a cause of extreme distress. No wonder our exposure to mental illnesses is at an all time high. We are vulnerable by our limitations as human to release control and accept existential existence.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wisty

    4.5 stars WOW. These books never cease to amaze me. I probably started reading the Gone series in middle school, and both then and now, I've always been wildly impressed with Michael Grant's writing and how he doesn't patronize at all to a YA audience. I wanted to eat up some of the lines in this book, the writing was just brilliant. Also brilliant that now, in addition to the original series, this trilogy has given me another cast of characters to absolutely love. It was beautiful to have Dekka, 4.5 stars WOW. These books never cease to amaze me. I probably started reading the Gone series in middle school, and both then and now, I've always been wildly impressed with Michael Grant's writing and how he doesn't patronize at all to a YA audience. I wanted to eat up some of the lines in this book, the writing was just brilliant. Also brilliant that now, in addition to the original series, this trilogy has given me another cast of characters to absolutely love. It was beautiful to have Dekka, of course, and then the return of old faces like (view spoiler)[ Astrid, Sam, and EDILIO (how can one not love Edilio?) (hide spoiler)] was so freaking exciting. Drake is still the most terrifying book character of all time and I will fight anyone on that. Then there were the characters introduced in this trilogy; pretty much loved them all, especially Armo! The plot and the action were super tight, as always. So much gore and guts and I don't know, I was really here for it. I think it adds a lot to the story, just how brutal and nasty things are in this world. The whole ending kind of blew me out of the water (view spoiler)[ it's all a simulation, and we leave the team voting on whether or not to keep living or shut it all down?? (hide spoiler)] That open-ended finish broke me a little bit, but I loved Grant's acknowledgements and how the reader is supposed to fill in the blank. It feels like there might not be any more books set in the world of the FAYZ, but if ever there were, I'd sure as hell read them. This author and series has been fulfilling me for probably almost a decade and I'll always read more. Michael Grant is an absolute favorite and this book was unsurprisingly fantastic.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    As soon as I got to the last couple of pages, I knew there was far too much unresolved for so few pages. I began to dread the end, and I was sad that my dread was warranted. I feel as though Grant wrote a tv show ending in a book. The end of Gone was so satisfying, even though it was bittersweet, and this just felt like he gave up writing a cohesive ending, and it was almost as though he admitted it too! I wish that there had been more time to develope Simone and I felt as though Francis really As soon as I got to the last couple of pages, I knew there was far too much unresolved for so few pages. I began to dread the end, and I was sad that my dread was warranted. I feel as though Grant wrote a tv show ending in a book. The end of Gone was so satisfying, even though it was bittersweet, and this just felt like he gave up writing a cohesive ending, and it was almost as though he admitted it too! I wish that there had been more time to develope Simone and I felt as though Francis really fell to the wayside as a character, and became more of an object than a person. She jumped in kinda last minute in Villain, and I was excited to really learn about her. I suppose that sometimes character building is sacrificed a bit when there is such a large cast of characters, but I was still kinda sad. I will say that Dekka and Shade really stood out as characters, especially Dekka taking on the leadership role and dealing with the tough decisions. I guess I was just so hoping for more. It didn't have to be wrapped up in a neat little bow, so to say, considering that Gone ended with Drake on the lam, but more than just what felt like an abrupt end. And I understand that he was giving people the freedom to take the characters in their own hands, but honestly, people would do that anyway! I even wrote a fanfic long ago about a character in the FAYZ. Grant doesn't need to create characters with open-ended fates for people to have something to write about. The world he creates is a great enough setting for the basis of fanfic. I wish he had perhaps wrapped up his charactet's stories a bit better and left the world to be explored.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The ending. If you read the book you will understand what I mean. Is it a cop-out? Maybe. All I know is that after nine books I am not sure it was enough of an ending. I love the Gone world and was very happy with the ending provided by Light in the original series. Then Michael Grant created the spin-off series and I was excited to re-enter this amazing world. Now having reached the end I feel like there was no end at all, which I realize is the point he was going for, but it does not leave me The ending. If you read the book you will understand what I mean. Is it a cop-out? Maybe. All I know is that after nine books I am not sure it was enough of an ending. I love the Gone world and was very happy with the ending provided by Light in the original series. Then Michael Grant created the spin-off series and I was excited to re-enter this amazing world. Now having reached the end I feel like there was no end at all, which I realize is the point he was going for, but it does not leave me feeling like it is over. I hope he writes more spin-offs, but from the Author’s Note that seems doubtful. 😕 If you are interested in how I think the vote went, I feel pretty confident that at least Sam and Astrid chose to continue. They have been though so much and I can’t imagine them giving up everything. Their entire relationship was built on hardships and they wouldn’t have gotten together without the Dome. Which is why the sim in my mind continues, because they are least would choose to move forward so they can remain together. Besides, Sam just found himself again, so I can’t see him giving that up either. As for the rest, Edilio would vote to continue, because he always does the right thing. Same goes for Dekka. The others I would have to guess about, though I think Shade and Malik are too curious to quit now. Simone and Francis are too new to know for sure, but it wouldn’t be unanimous, so their votes don’t really matter. As for Cruz, she has too many things planned (including her Purple Moleskin) to quit and Armo never turns down a good fight. So in the end life (or sim-life) will continue.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I remember screaming at the last Animorphs book because of how it ended, and this ending is VERY reminiscent to that feeling. In fact, the parallels to the Animorphs series as a whole is huge in this book! I’m not mad about that at all, but I wasn’t expecting another infuriating (yet fascinating) ending all over again. Ending aside, it was so nice to see some old characters from the FAYZ. I’m curious if a certain someone will stay dead or not, but I can’t say more about that without spoiling it. I remember screaming at the last Animorphs book because of how it ended, and this ending is VERY reminiscent to that feeling. In fact, the parallels to the Animorphs series as a whole is huge in this book! I’m not mad about that at all, but I wasn’t expecting another infuriating (yet fascinating) ending all over again. Ending aside, it was so nice to see some old characters from the FAYZ. I’m curious if a certain someone will stay dead or not, but I can’t say more about that without spoiling it. I found Vector to be really gross but he didn’t make me want to barf like the Chamer did, so I appreciate that the gross-out moments I complained about in book two were lessened here. Honestly, I enjoyed this trilogy as a whole, but it’s always felt more like a spin-off of the Gone series instead of a continuation. I still feel in my head that the Gone series ended after the sixth book, and that this is a completely different series that just happens to have a few characters from the FAYZ in it. And seriously, that ending.... I both hate it and love it, and the big reveal that occurs right before it will require a lot more time before I figure out what I think about it. Right now, my mind is still a bit blown.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ricky

    I think Michael Grant said as far back as 2017, when the first of this sequel trilogy to Gone finally came out, that he was all but done with the YA business going forward. At least he finished this trilogy first...and what a finale it was, bringing us some apocalyptic destruction of New York that reminded me a lot of a certain scene at the start of Remnants in which San Francisco was destroyed. This, of course, being the cue for Dekka and Cruz and Shade and Malik and Armo and of course Sam and I think Michael Grant said as far back as 2017, when the first of this sequel trilogy to Gone finally came out, that he was all but done with the YA business going forward. At least he finished this trilogy first...and what a finale it was, bringing us some apocalyptic destruction of New York that reminded me a lot of a certain scene at the start of Remnants in which San Francisco was destroyed. This, of course, being the cue for Dekka and Cruz and Shade and Malik and Armo and of course Sam and Astrid too - finally, Astrid gets back into the story again! - to take on the newest and nastiest Rockborn threat yet. As you can expect from Michael Grant, the action never stops, not once, except maaaaaaaaybe for the very ending when we get a taste of just how truly warped this trilogy has been all along. It's a deliberate, even trollish, game on Grant's part, which makes sense given his trollish reputation among the YA community (not that it stops me reading, loving, and selling his books, because God knows there are worse out there that I still read anyway.) Therefore, to Grant, I tip the hat and bid this story 'verse ave atque vale.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christian Knudsen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's funny, I was bored a few months ago and looking for a new series to read. Googled a bit and found Michael Grant and the Gone series. Had never heard of the author, but plot sounded interesting and was willing to give it a read. Two months later and 9 books completed I'm as loyal a fan as they come. Vastly exceeded my expectations and bought the entire series. Read through them as quickly as possible. Loved them. Couldnt stop. Hero was an amazing conclusion to an excellent series. The ending blew It's funny, I was bored a few months ago and looking for a new series to read. Googled a bit and found Michael Grant and the Gone series. Had never heard of the author, but plot sounded interesting and was willing to give it a read. Two months later and 9 books completed I'm as loyal a fan as they come. Vastly exceeded my expectations and bought the entire series. Read through them as quickly as possible. Loved them. Couldnt stop. Hero was an amazing conclusion to an excellent series. The ending blew my mind. I just finished an hour ago and have been reading fan reviews since.... A stunning conclusion !! Loved seeing a few of the well loved older characters back, especially Sam. That really made the book for me. Especially happy that he and Astrid had 'powers'. I would very much welcome more books in this universe, but understand the difficulty of that now, after that stunning conclusion. I've already heard that Michael has officially confirmed being done with the Gone series. Still, you never know. Full 5 stars, and well deserved.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can’t believe that ending. But wow, it’s weird to think this series is finally over. As expected, this was incredibly graphic and maybe a little too much for me at times, but it was just as consistently good as the others. I love how the story was taken out of just the monstrous/gruesome dimension with the inclusion of multiverse and AI—that stuff is fascinating to think about—along with the idea that even if this is all just a simulation, there’s nothing we can do about it except go on living I can’t believe that ending. But wow, it’s weird to think this series is finally over. As expected, this was incredibly graphic and maybe a little too much for me at times, but it was just as consistently good as the others. I love how the story was taken out of just the monstrous/gruesome dimension with the inclusion of multiverse and AI—that stuff is fascinating to think about—along with the idea that even if this is all just a simulation, there’s nothing we can do about it except go on living life as if it’s real. I have to say I was really expecting aliens at the end for the Watchers and was a little put down they were humans, but that was more of a self-indulgence thing: it makes more sense and I think is more in keeping with Shade and Malik’s characters what happened. I was also surprised but not shocked to read about the Flatland influence. And one last thing—considering how big the Gone series was, I’m still surprised this sequel series hasn’t gotten bigger. But in the future...who knows?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Let me tell you one thing, that is NOT how expected things to end, at all, in all the years I've been reading these books form the very first one in 5th or 6th grade to now, never did I imagine this is how things would have turned out. It does leave you wondering what happened, leaves you free to make up your own ending, there's a small sorrowful feeling inside me that tells me I know what is most likely to have happened if Michael Grant had kept writing, I don't like it too much. I do wish, in Let me tell you one thing, that is NOT how expected things to end, at all, in all the years I've been reading these books form the very first one in 5th or 6th grade to now, never did I imagine this is how things would have turned out. It does leave you wondering what happened, leaves you free to make up your own ending, there's a small sorrowful feeling inside me that tells me I know what is most likely to have happened if Michael Grant had kept writing, I don't like it too much. I do wish, in the future, to reread the series with the new information I have learned in mind, way back from *poof*. While reading this novel I made mental notes to talk about the characters, about chapter 27, about the writing, the humor, the description, but all of that is out the window, replaced by a feeling of sadness of having to say goodbye to the canon version of this twisted fucked up world of the FAYZ and FAYZ unleashed to the world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lily Barrett

    Thank you I could not wish for a better ending, heartbreaking, twisted and perfect all at the same time. This series has ment so much to me and will always stick with me. I will dearly miss characters from the past that gave their lives and at the same time brought me so much strength. The way you have made me care for these characters is astonishing. I found myself finishing the series on a plane coming back from Scotland crying my eyes out over the fact that it was the end, the beginning and Thank you I could not wish for a better ending, heartbreaking, twisted and perfect all at the same time. This series has ment so much to me and will always stick with me. I will dearly miss characters from the past that gave their lives and at the same time brought me so much strength. The way you have made me care for these characters is astonishing. I found myself finishing the series on a plane coming back from Scotland crying my eyes out over the fact that it was the end, the beginning and just ment to be all at the same time there was no other way to finish this series it just wouldn't have been right so I think I speak for all of us when I say Thank you xx

  30. 5 out of 5

    bjneary

    Oh did I love this series within a series (Characters from Gone series and Monster series with new mutant heroes and villains) where a virus rock has created horror type powers on people like Bob Markovic who was an unrepentant morally corrupt human and then he and his daughter got hit with the rock. But what Father does is opposite what daughter does. Bob infects people with totally painful viruses and lets them fester in screaming pain (they want death, Bob grants death when he wants to) while Oh did I love this series within a series (Characters from Gone series and Monster series with new mutant heroes and villains) where a virus rock has created horror type powers on people like Bob Markovic who was an unrepentant morally corrupt human and then he and his daughter got hit with the rock. But what Father does is opposite what daughter does. Bob infects people with totally painful viruses and lets them fester in screaming pain (they want death, Bob grants death when he wants to) while his daughter joins the Rockborn Gang to try to stop her father. I really liked the way Grant shows how morally abhorrent characters are while also allowing that the gang may have to inflict pain and death to help the greater good (even the authorities are asking for their help) and by enlisting Astrid from the Gone series, I could not stop turning the pages of this last, thrilling Gone chapter and the third and final Monster book in the series. While torn about how awful the world was, people still had hope for a better world and looked to the mutant teens for hope and help. Highly recommended!!!

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