Gone - Michael  Grant I was pleasantly surprised at this book. I'd liken it to a present-day "Lord of the Flies," but with super powers. Some of the characters were a bit one-dimensional (the egomaniac, the "pure evil" kid, the motherly girl who cares for all the little kids, the jealous ex-best-friend, etc) I guess I didn't fault the author since, frankly, there were a lot of characters, and it probably would be more than one could expect that they'd all be deep and multi-faceted. Although looking back there really wasn't anything *surprising* about this book, it did keep my interest the whole way through and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.