It’s been four years since the events of GONE.The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors within have spread, and now all of humanity is in danger. The alien virus-infested rock that created the FAYZ is creating monsters–monsters that walk the cities and countryside, terrorizing all. There are tanks in the street and predator drones in the sky, doomed efforts to stop the disintegration of civilization. Into this chaos comes a villain with the power to control anyone with just the sound of his voice.Dillon Poe wanted to be a comedian once… but everyone made fun of him. Dillon the loser. Dillon the freak. Now he’s sending thousands to their death. Who’s laughing now?The only people who can stop a superpowered villain are superpowered heroes. Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and a new mutant with unmatched powers, are all that stand in Dillon’s way. But when the lines begin to blur between hero and villain—some begin to wonder who’s really the monster. The fight will be bloody. This isn’t another battle, this is the war to save the human race.
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Villain (Gone #8) Review
- January 1, 1970Mark KieltySo, I wandered into one of my usual bookshops in Dublin City to find, sitting on a shelf, two copies of Michael Grant’s Villain. After reading Monster I was excited to read the follow up and I thought that other people would be too - So why were there only two copies out?I shrugged my shoulders, proceeded to the checkout and bought the book.I went online to check out the reviews. That’s when I found out that the book isn’t out yet!I don’t know why the book was out on the shop floor, maybe it was So, I wandered into one of my usual bookshops in Dublin City to find, sitting on a shelf, two copies of Michael Grant’s Villain. After reading Monster I was excited to read the follow up and I thought that other people would be too - So why were there only two copies out?I shrugged my shoulders, proceeded to the checkout and bought the book.I went online to check out the reviews. That’s when I found out that the book isn’t out yet!I don’t know why the book was out on the shop floor, maybe it was a mistake, but I’m glad it was because I was not disappointed with Monster’s sequel. Here’s the deal, I’m not going to spoil this story for anyone, but if you’re one of these people who likes to know absolutely nothing about a story before you read it, well you’ve been warned. And anyway, if you really are one of these people then you shouldn’t be on Goodreads looking up books that haven’t come out yet. Villain!“He contemplated an amazing fact: he, Dillon Poe, was quite likely the most powerful person on earth.” Michael Grant so aptly named this title, Villain, and so, the book is just about that. Villains in general and a villain in particular. And man is Dillon Poe sick!One piece of advice they give writers when introducing a villain to a story is to have them do something bad just to show how evil they really are. Well, Michael Grant decided to dedicate a whole first chapter doing this. Like I said, no spoilers, but what I will say is as a grown man, I cringed through the first chapter, thinking whoa, I don’t know how Dekka, Armo, Shade, Cruz and Malik are going to handle this guy. But man I had a lot fun finding out. My advice, have a light lunch before getting into this one.Marvel VS DC VS Michael Grant:People often compare Marvel and DC when it comes to the comic book/movie superhero scene. Marvel is often described as fun, optimistic and humorous and DC is described as dark and more serious. Then Michael Grant came along and said, “You think DC is dark? Well here’s Villain!”Michael does not let up on the gory details, nor is he short on ideas of how innocent people can be tortured. What makes this more eerily dark is the fact that Dillon Poe is a wannabe comedian. So he tries to find the funny side to the absolute carnage happening around him and it makes for a disturbing yet entertaining read. Dekka is back!Dekka, who was a lot of people’s favourite character from the Gone series, is back, doing what she does best. Leading. Fans can also look forward to other Gone favourites, such as none other than Sam Temple and Astrid Ellison. The scenes with Dekka are what to be expected. Her and her unlikely companion, Armo, make for some intense action movie type scenes. Shade, Cruz and Malik also get up to some daring stuff. Shade’s sharp mind gives the US government exactly what it needs. A huge kick up the arse.Also did I mention the cyborgs? Yeah, there’re cyborgs. Conclusion:So if that rush you get when you watch a high impact action movie is what you’re after then Villain is the book for you. Monster set up the scenario and introduced you to the characters. Since all of that all of that is out of the way, watch their stories unfold in this thrilling sequel. And explosions. There are lots of explosions. Note: If you liked this review, then add and follow me. I’ll be getting more reviews up in the not so distant future.more
- January 1, 1970AoifeAnother breathless, gory adventure story from Michael Grant. I'm half enjoying, half terrified to keep reading this series; every time I think the stakes can't possibly get any higher, I'm proved wrong. The Battle of Las Vegas is horrifying in every sense of the word.I'm in awe of the way Michael can sow in hints early on, throw away moments that later become very important. It takes real skill and I'm looking forward to seeing how everything pans out in a year.I've taken a star off, though, bec Another breathless, gory adventure story from Michael Grant. I'm half enjoying, half terrified to keep reading this series; every time I think the stakes can't possibly get any higher, I'm proved wrong. The Battle of Las Vegas is horrifying in every sense of the word.I'm in awe of the way Michael can sow in hints early on, throw away moments that later become very important. It takes real skill and I'm looking forward to seeing how everything pans out in a year.I've taken a star off, though, because it's been a year since I read Monster, which had a lot of characters and a lot happening, and it took me a while to remember who everyone was and what the connections between them were. A Previously On or recap would have been very much appreciated. This was a problem with the original series too, though, so I don't expect any progress on it.I can't wait for the next book, but I also don't want this series to be over!Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way."I believe there's a reason for everything that happens, you know? Which means you were given this power for a reason." Saffron looked intently into his eyes. "Things like this don't just happen. This is part of some larger plan. You were meant to have this power, which means you were meant to use it."Dillon nodded along, not quite convinced, and still half thinking he would just tell Saffron to strip off her robe and her bikini and... But his thoughts were not alone in his head; the Dark Watchers, his audience, were listening. And they were liking what they were hearing. He could sense their pleasure, their anticipation."Well...okay," Dillon said with a shrug. "How do we start?"Saffron smiled. "Let's start with school and work outward."Dillon winced. "You want me to be a superpowered Dylan Kebold? I'm not into killing people, I'm just trying to have a few laughs.""Don't be silly, Dillon. You don't need dead bodies, you need living slaves. And, of course, one other thing.""What?""A queen, Dillon," she said. "You need a queen."more
- January 1, 1970SarahContinues the series brilliantly - I can't wait to see what happens to all my favourite characters next.
- January 1, 1970Jeannine KranzFantastic follow up series to the gone series. Can not wait for the next instalment.
- January 1, 1970JanineReview to come.Thanks to NetGalley and Electric Monkey for providing me an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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