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The first book in the Gone series.
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THE BLAST NARROWLY MISSED SAM. It passed his head with a whoosh and hi the wall behind him. It was napalm, jellied gasoline, liquid fire that stuck to the wall where it hit and burned with mad intensity.
Every person at the age of 15 or over disappears and from the town of Perdido Beach, causing confusion and chaos. Sam Temple, a 14-year old boy with the ability to shoot green light beams from his hands, Astrid Ellison and Quinn Gaither, Sam's best friend, set out to explore the area, discovering a barrier cutting the area off from the outside world with a radius centered at a nuclear power plant located outside of town. The area within the barrier is nicknamed the Fallout Alley Youth Zone, or FAYZ for short. Exploring this Nuclear power plant , the group finds Astrid's severely autistic 4-year-old brother Pete, along with a map marking radiation patterns from a 15-year-old explosion at the plant that lines up exactly with the energy barrier. Sam and Pete are revealed to have supernatural powers. Upon the group's return to Perdido Beach, its members encounter vehicles bringing students from nearby Coates Academy.
Some of the students have supernatural powers, including Caine Soren (who discovered his power before the FAYZ began along with other students from Coates Academy) Caine and his group return to Coates Academy, discovering that when a person turns 15, they are confronted by something they desire before vanishing. A huge group of coyotes attack everyone. Sam's group escapes the coyotes but is captured by Drake and imprisoned within Coates. Sam's group escapes Coates Academy, joined by various Coates students, and returns to Perdido Beach to fight Caine. Meanwhile, Drake abducts Lana as he thinks she can help him get his arm back after Sam had burned it off. They reach a creature known as the "Darkness" down a mineshaft which uses Lana's power to give Drake a whip ;) for an arm. Caine attacks the town with the help of the coyotes, and Sam and Caine fight in the town square. The two turn 15, encountering what seems to be their mother. They both choose not to leave the FAYZ. When Sam decides to let Caine go with his life Caine tells Sam it was a big mistake to let him live.
Sam has the power to shoot deadly greenish white light beams from his hands, and create balls of light. Sam is Astrid Ellison's main love interest. He is the son of Connie Temple and biological fraternal twin of Caine Soren.He does not like considering himself as a hero.
Caine attended Coates Academy, and was the one who took control of Perdido Beach. He has telekinesis; the power to move things with his mind, and the only 4-bar besides Sam. He is the main love interest of Diana. Although she only believes he is capable of puppy love.
Also known as The Darkness, the Gaiaphage is a sentient alien virus who gave everyone their powers and caused the mutations. It appears as a green, glowing slime with the capability to touch people's minds. It lived in the mine shaft. In Gone it is only a mystery that can read peoples minds and it gave Drake his Whip hand and made him the leader of the coyote pack.
The four-year old brother of Astrid Ellison who is diagnosed with autism and is incapable of understanding anything other than his favorite Pokemon video game on his Gameboy. He is discovered to have powers like telekinesis and teleportation to his spot by the window in Astrid's room. Later, it is discovered that he had caused everyone over 15 to disappear after he stops a core meltdown at his fathers power plant. "SPOILER" His body is killed in Plague and his spirit enters Caine Soren to fight Gaia in the end of Light, resulting in both the gaiaphage and it's 'Nemesis" dying, and the FAYZ cracking open.
Also known as whip hand, was originally attending Coates Academy. He got his nickname from his unnaturally long, tentacle-like arm, which he generally uses as a whip, given to him by the Gaiaphage after Sam Temple burned it off. His dad was the sheriff in Perdido Beach. He was sent to Coates Academy because he shot a neighbourhood boy with his dad's gun, and is revealed to be a sadistic psychopath.
Diana was a student at Coates Academy . She was the main interest of Caine Soren, and she often repeats that she's evil throughout the series.She was sent to Coates Academy when her mother tripped and fell down the stairs and she blamed her father for it. She has the power to read how powerful people's powers are and Caine uses her for it while she uses him as a shield knowing he would do anything for her because he is begging to fall in love with her.
Lana was known for her extremely useful power of healing. She had the capability of healing any living creature, and was respected by everyone. Her pet dog, Patrick, was loyal to her. She is nicknamed "The Healer".
Astrid Ellison is 14 to 15 years old. She is Sam Temple's girlfriend through most of the books. She is beautiful and smart. She has blonde hair and bright blue eyes. She was the one who pushed Sam into leading, and in the end they live together.
Howard was one of the ones who initially took advantage of the confusion. He helped Orc come to be appointed Captain. Howard was the one who first coined the term "FAYZ," as well as the term 'Bertos' for the currency used. "SPOILER" He later becomes a black market drug and alcohol dealer, and is killed by Drake Merwin and the coyotes while travelling between Perdido Beach and Lake Tramanto.
Edilio moved to Perdido Beach as an illegal immigrant. Sam mentioned in the beginning of the book that Edilio was "potentially interesting." Edilio and Sam became close friends and allies during the FAYZ, and Edilio becomes very important and powerful- he mayors Perdido Beach for a while.
In GONE, Orc is portrayed as a bully, and through Howard's help, gets appointed to Captain by Caine. Orc was considered responsible for the first murder of the FAYZ. Orc undergoes one of the most grotesque mutations in the FAYZ after being chewed apart by coyotes. His body forms into rock, giving him the appearance of a rock monster, apart from a small part on his face.
Before the FAYZ, Quinn was Sam's surfing buddy, though when he finds out Sam can shoot lasers out of his hands, he calls him a freak. Quinn betrays his friends toward the end of the book, but later teams up with them again. Quinn later becomes a fisherman.
Jack is the computer expert from Coates Academy and developes the power of super strength, even though he doesn't want it. He is originally with Caine, but switches sides many times, in the end being with Sam after much controversy. He ends up a Coates Academy after hacking into police computers to erase someone's parent's speeding ticket, and is caught.