Gone by Michael Grant is a book that mixes sci-fiction with horror in a way that reminds me of several of Stephen King novels. It does this in a way that avoids the graphic style of Stephen King, but maintains the mystery and intrigue of a new and horrifying world.
In the story, all of the residents fifteen and older instantly vanish. Everyone else is left trapped in a large dome like structure that prevents them from leaving. The older children must find a way to help the really young children (prees) to survive and cope with this new world. In the book children already have or are developing special powers that range from telekinesis, energy blasts, healing, teleportation, and more. The older ones also get divided into groups with the school bullies enforcing control on everyone else. As the book progresses, we are introduced to mutant snakes, a evil, phasing cat, and talking coyotes that serve The Darkness.
There is another problem that the characters are forced to deal with. When a person reaches their fifteenth birthday (the exact moment that they were born), they vanish (poof) from existence. The characters will need to figure out how this is happening if they hope to survive in their new world they call the FAYZ.
Overall, I thought that this was a solid read. I am a big Stephen King fan. I did have a difficult time not trying to compare it to Stephen King's book The Dome. Like The Dome I enjoy they mystery of how the world came into being, how human beings will react in such difficult positions, and the battle between the good versus evil. I don't feel as confident about my reactions to the character development in Grant's novel. It fells a bit shallow and the characters never really got there for me. I was also frustrated by the issue of not dealing with the horror of everyone over the age of fifteen disappearing and the chaos it would cause (car accidents, abandoned children/babies unable to fend for themselves for example). It touches on the idea, but its attempt to keep it on the low end of the horror scale, left me wanting something more. I am hazy on if this is supposed to be more science fiction suspense of science fiction horror.
In the end, if you are looking for an engrossing book that explores concepts of good and evil in world of monsters (where the bullies are some of the worst monsters), special powers, and a sense of youthful empowerment, then you will enjoy this book. If you are looking for something with a bit more of an edge to it, then go for the Stephen King books of Charlie Higson's Enemy series.