I can’t help but think of this book as Lord of the Flies on steroids. It’s like driving by a car wreck – you can’t help but look.
Don’t get me wrong. I really like this series. Grant writes an engrossing page-turner. I was on the edge of my seat and could hardly put the book down. His characters are well developed, if frightening. You can’t help put care for and sympathize with the “good guys” and shiver, perhaps shrink away from the “bad guys.”
Lies is the third in this series, following Gone and Hunger. Plague is scheduled for release in April of 2011. Nothing is ever easy in the FAYZ. The residents barely survive one threat before facing another one. In this latest installment, people thought dead now walk the streets, the non-freaks (Grant’s terminology, not mine) are beginning to resent the Freaks (those with strange powers), and what little semblance of order there was from the establishment of the Town Council quickly evaporates. Zil, leader of the Human Crew sets fire to the town in an attempt to take power away from the mutants (freaks). Osray, now labeled the Prophetess by her strange new companion Nerezza, seems to be telling the children they should embrace the “poof” or maybe even death as a way to escape the FAYZ. As tempers flare, people go hungry and the evil darkness threatens to return (if it ever really left), Sam, Astrid, Edilio and the others must find a way to survive. And even if they survive what will they be facing next?
I can’t wait for the next installment.