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Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to figure out what's happened. And no way to get help.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world.

The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, GONE, is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.

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Food ran out weeks ago and starvation is imminent. Meanwhile, the normal teens have grown resentful of the kids with powers. And when an unthinkable tragedy occurs, chaos descends upon the town. There is no longer right and wrong. Each kid is out for himself and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them. The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

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It happens one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Cain defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone).

Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

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The stakes keep rising. The kids in Perdido Beach are still starving. But they've tried to forget the tragedy of Mother Mary and the kids who followed the false prophetess, Orsay. And they've caged the terrifying, undead creature that is Drake/Brittney. Despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate as sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

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Despite the hunger, despite the lies, despite even the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new existence they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.

Within the FAYZ, life breaks down as the Darkness takes over, literally—turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. Even in the bleakest moments, a will to survive and a desire to care for those they love endures in this ravaged band, no matter the cost. But in darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. After so many months, is all about to be lost in the FAYZ?

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It's been more than a year since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California. In that time, countless battles have been fought: good against evil, and kid against kid. Allegiances have been won, lost, betrayed, and won again; ideologies have been shattered and created anew, and the kids of the FAYZ have begun to believe that their new society is the only life they'll ever know. But now the Darkness has found a way to be reborn, even that tenuous existence is likely to be shattered for good. Will the kids of Perdido Beach even survive?

LIGHT is the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series.

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  1. No adults means no doctors: so It's still not okay to run with scissors.
  2. The pedal on the right is for gas, the one on the left is the brake.
  3. The seat belt is for when you forget #2.
  4. You can finally wear whatever you want. Of course you can also do your own laundry.
  5. When attempting to remove your own braces, needle-nose pliers work better than a hammer and chisel.
  6. You can't Twitter when there's no internet.
  7. Yes, you can skateboard there. There, too. In fact, anywhere.
  8. Remember that time your mom tried to teach you how to cook? You're going to wish you had paid attention.
  9. The old cliques are gone. The new cliques are survivors and not.
  10. 15 is the new 50.
  11. Babysitting is even less fun when you're not getting paid.
  12. When you wake up screaming from a nightmare, there'll be no one to tuck you back in. So try not to wake up screaming.
  13. You can eat whatever you want. Until the food runs out. Then the cat's going to start looking tasty.
  14. Remember what you learned in sex ed class about prevention. Thats not a question, thats a strong suggestion.
  15. No new music. No new TV. No new movies. It's finally time to learn to knit.
  16. When your little brother is driving a car, you're really going to want to look both ways before crossing the street.
  17. Remember how your parents were always nagging you? You're going to think of that as the good old days.
  18. No phones means no texting. You will have to MIRL (Meet in Real Life).
  19. You know the last time you went to McDonald's? That really was the last time.
  20. Bullies are bad. Bullies when there are no adults around are worse. And bullies with their parents' guns are the absolute worst.
  1. When you run out of candy and chips, try switching to beets and okra.
  2. Carnivorous worms should not be kept as pets.
  3. Why pine for goldfish crackers when you can eat a real goldfish?
  4. You know how it seems like there's a fast food restaurant on every corner? You don't have that problem in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone).
  5. When you run out of beets and okra try switching to Crisco and grass clippings.
  6. It's just coincidence if a kid named Harry, who wears glasses, gets his brain fried by a mutant.
  7. It's fun to play pirate. Start by getting scurvy.
  8. With mutant powers comes mutant responsibility.
  9. Sure a nine year-old can drink a single-malt Scotch, but can he really appreciate it?
  10. Nuclear power is perfectly safe. Really. Perfectly safe.
  11. Perfectly safe. Unless some kid starts yanking fuel rods out then, no.
  12. Remember your mom's horrible meatloaf? No mom, no meat, no meatloaf: problem solved.
  13. Hey, in some cultures It's perfectly okay to eat dog.
  14. Hey, in some cultures It's perfectly okay to wonder how your brother would taste grilled a nice medium rare.
  15. When you run out of Crisco and grass clippings, try candle wax and cockroaches.
  16. Starvation makes an apple bottom into a prune butt.
  17. Surely a bunch of smart 14-year-olds can cope with a little thing like pure evil.
  18. As Freud said, sometimes a whip hand is just a whip hand.
  19. When you run out of candle wax and cockroaches . . . here Fluffy. Come on, good kitty.
  20. Rat: It's not just for breakfast any more.
  1. It's true that telling the difference between lies and truth can be a matter of life or death.
  2. It is true that if you don't work in the FAYZ you don't eat. And sometimes not even then.
  3. It's not true that just because you're a rock star and you've got your rock moves that you don't need anyone else tonight.
  4. It is true that a prophet is not without honor, save in her own country. Especially if she's lying.
  5. Or taking orders from some evil thing that lives in a mine shaft.
  6. It's true that San Francisco de Sales is the patron saint of writers. It's not true that he invented the map-based Easter egg.
  7. It's true that no one wants you to think of Brangelina at any time during LIES.
  8. It's true that the above statement is false. On the other hand its false that the above statement is true.
  9. It's true that it is really hard to breathe when you're buried six feet down in the town plaza.
  10. Or buried six feet down pretty much anywhere.
  1. Floss daily. It doesn't really help with plague, but it keeps your gums healthy.
  2. You know how there are all these perfectly harmless bacteria living inside your body? Those are not what we're talking about in PLAGUE.
  3. After the first hundred times you cough it's okay to stop saying "excuse me."
  4. Purell in the 55-gallon-drum economy size.
  5. They say it's good luck to be pooped on by a seagull. They don't say that about the flying snakes.
  1. You're going to want to start practicing your night vision. That flashlight battery won't last long.
  2. You can learn to echo-locate in a few hours, right?
  3. They say that when you can't see, your other senses get sharper... Just don't ask what that noise was.
  4. There goes your flawless tan.
  5. Bats are sweet. Really.
  6. Cultivate a taste for cave mushrooms. They don't need sunlight.
  7. Unfortunately, people do. Got any Vitamin D supplements lying around?
  8. When you stare into the Darkness for too long, it stares back at you. Don't stare at it.
  9. Clumsy? At least you won't be able to see the bruises when you bang into things.
  10. But hey—no one cares what you're wearing when it's dark all the time. That's gotta be worth something.
The higher you scored the better the chance that youd survive life in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone). Of course, there are no guarantees. Sometimes bad things happen even to the smart, capable, and prepared. As a matter of fact, in the FAYZ bad things are almost guaranteed to happen.
Over 15 Points: Super Survivor.
You're probably quick to adapt, flexible, smart, and ready to stand up for yourself. You'll be fine. Just so long as you don't annoy the coyotes. They don't really care if you're smart and flexible, they just think you're tasty.
10 to 15 Points: Probable Survivor.
You should be able to survive if you make some powerful friends. But be careful to pick the winning side. Good or evil, good or evil, hmmm, that's the dilemma isn't it when it comes to survival. Maybe you could pull a Computer Jack and leverage some special skill that allows you to blow with the prevailing wind.
5 to 10 Points: Unlikely Survivor.
Don't despair! Okay, do despair a little. Think about learning some useful survival skills. Quickly! Maybe you could gain the mutant power to turn socks into hamburgers. That would be really useful. Get started on that. Start with clean socks, they'll taste better.
Under 5 points: Not a chance, friend!
Wow. Sorry. Um . . . Hey, maybe no one will notice you. Okay, here's what you do: Hide. Hide under your bed, and resolve to go on a very, very long-term diet. Did you lock the door? Yes? Hah, like that will work. Because Drake or Caine would never break down a door to get at you. Right.
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The following ten questions will assess the likelihood of your surviving in the world within the GONE series—a world without adults or older siblings; a world running short on food; a world where there's no one to care for you, feed you, or protect you. Imagine: It's even worse than school. The horror!
1. How old are you?
2. You possess the following skills (choose one):
3. You are basically:
4. You can't live without:
5. If you were really, really hungry you could eat:
6. If everyone 15 and over disappeared you would:
7. You would take a life to save your own:
8. It's better to be:
9. You are basically:
10. If you really were in the FAYZ, cut off from the regular world,
      with no adults around youd think: