Let’s have a re-vamped Lord of the Flies battle!

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon SmithGone by Michael Grant

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Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

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Gone by Michael Grant

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Lockdown has one of the coolest covers on any teen bookshelf. (That gas mask is pretty hard core.)

Gone has one of the lamest covers on any teen bookshelf. (The cover just doesn’t do this book justice.)

Fortunately, I’m not comparing the superficial outer shell here; I’m going right for the meaty parts- the characters and the story.

Lockdown is the story of a teenage criminal framed for the one crime he didn’t commit and thrown into the deepest darkest pit humanity could create. In a world without friends, with creepy evil jailers, and an even more demented warden, this kid doesn’t stand a chance unless he can somehow maneuver the gangs, and recruit some like-minded juvenile delinquents to help him escape.

Gone is the story of a rather ordinary teenage boy thrust into a leadership role when everyone over age 13 vanishes. In a world without any adult supervision, even the nice kids start to lose their manners as luxuries like food and electricity vanish.

In these stories, there’s no way out, and survival only comes through struggle and hardship. There’s a hint of the supernatural, a touch of science, and a whole lot of awesome.

Bottom Line: If you like reading about good guys, Sam (Gone) can’t be beat, he’s just so dang nice! But, if you can handle being in the brain of a twisted young man, Alex (Lockdown) is the only way to go! Either way, you’ll get a pretty excellent modern re-telling of the Lord of the Flies.

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