Gone by Christine Kersey

This is the first book in the Parallel Trilogy.

What if everything you knew was suddenly gone?

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Campbell runs away from home and when she returns the next day her world is turned upside-down. Not only is her family missing, but another family is living in her house and claims to have lived there for weeks.

As Morgan desperately works to figure out what has happened, she finds society has become obsessed with weight in a way she has never seen before. The more she searches for answers, the more she begins to wonder if she has somehow ended up in another world–a world where it is illegal to be overweight.

Can she survive in this world until she can get home?

Gone does not contain any profanity or sexual content.

BONUS: Includes the first 3 chapters of Imprisoned (Parallel Trilogy, Book 2).

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Reviewer: Gina

Rating: 2 1/2 stars

This book has a compelling idea – alternate universes intrigue me – but I don’t think it was realised to its full potential. Parts of the book came across as very political, with social commentary beyond what I would expect from the main character, Morgan, based on her other behaviour. I have to assume that some of the more political statements were narrator voice seeping in.

I’m not sure what age group this book is really for. Morgan is supposed to be 16 years old, but a lot of her behaviour seems younger. The first thing she does in the book is ‘run away’ but given her situation (new to the area) this doesn’t seem entirely realistic. Nor does her lack of self preservation. YA is a fairly tricky genre to pin down, given the changes that take place in a teenager’s mind, even between 13 and 16, but I would have to say this book almost falls into a younger age category, if not for the romantic thread.

The book contained a lot of telling as Morgan¬†moved from event to event, and I would have liked more emotion, and to be a little more inside her head. I noticed point of view slips, where Morgan was able to tell me why other people were doing things when she shouldn’t really have known, but that’s easily tightened. There were also a lot of filters – the most noticeable one as I read was ‘I knew’.

What disappointed me most was the cliff-hanger ending. I am a reader of YA and generally enjoy a YA series, but I much prefer when each book contains a fully constructed story, even if there is a series arc linking them all. Nothing in the story was resolved but, sadly, I don’t think I’ll pick up book 2 in the series because I’m not attached enough to Morgan.