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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 t 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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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 t 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.

30 review for Villain

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    2 1/2 stars. Hmm. I didn't expect to have much to say about the second book in a spin-off series of another popular six-book series, but I guess there's still things I want to talk about. I'm a huge fan of Grant's Gone series, and also enjoyed the first book in this spin-off - Monster. I love the action, the grit, the diverse and flawed characters. I've definitely had some issues with parts of it but, overall, the positive has outweighed the negative. The problem is that this book makes it feel li 2 1/2 stars. Hmm. I didn't expect to have much to say about the second book in a spin-off series of another popular six-book series, but I guess there's still things I want to talk about. I'm a huge fan of Grant's Gone series, and also enjoyed the first book in this spin-off - Monster. I love the action, the grit, the diverse and flawed characters. I've definitely had some issues with parts of it but, overall, the positive has outweighed the negative. The problem is that this book makes it feel like the series is losing steam. Monster appeared to breathe new life into the story by introducing new characters and higher stakes... yet this book feels like filler, propelled by mindless action and ever more ludicrous additions to the mutants. I think the addition of cyborgs is an odd choice and doesn't quite work-- it reads like a desperate attempt to drag something new into a series that is running out of ideas. I also felt nothing towards the villain. I'm not talking about Drake - who gets very little page time here - but the new guy, Dillon, who Grant tries to turn into a complex villain. His story is somewhat interesting at first, but he quickly became lame and comical. His decision to cause so much trouble and kill people is done almost on a whim. A lot of this book feels a little like that - pointless action and gore without meaning or something bigger behind it. And a quick warning-- this book is gross. It is gory and graphic and there were scenes that literally made me feel ill (view spoiler)[like the opening chapter where Dillon forces a man to lick vomit off the floor (hide spoiler)] . There's descriptions of Drake's torture victims, some of which he even crucified. This is truly one of the most gruesome books I've ever read, and I don't just mean in YA. Also not sure why we need to be reminded every chapter that Dekka is a lesbian. Like, I get it. Your rep of LGBTQ characters has been noted already. Let's move on. I do think Grant is a great writer, but I also think I'm ready for something new from him. Mindless action scenes have never really been my thing and sometimes the most important part of writing a good series is knowing when to stop. Who knows? Maybe the story will get a boost in the next book, but right now it feels stale. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Kielty

    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 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    Me: It’ll be hard for Grant to top the disturbing, psychologically and physically violent nature of the BZRK series. Me, after reading Villain: Oh

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Huff

    One of the most gruesome books I've ever read. The fact that this is marketed to children is mind-boggling!!! That being said, such a great story and I could not put it down. I appreciate when an author doesn't pussyfoot around, and Michael Grant never does. This is pure action and carnage from start to finish and I can't sing his praises enough. So when does Hero come out now?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    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, 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."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Continues the series brilliantly - I can't wait to see what happens to all my favourite characters next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    VILLAIN, a Gone novel by Michael Grant, tells the story of the world four years after the events of GONE. The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors inside it have spread. An alien virus-infested rock that created FAYZ has started an apocalypse, creating mutants and uncontrollable creatures, terrorizing the world. In this new post-apocalyptic series, you have your monsters, your villains and your heroes. There are some that believe the humans must be fought, that the mutants are the ones th VILLAIN, a Gone novel by Michael Grant, tells the story of the world four years after the events of GONE. The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors inside it have spread. An alien virus-infested rock that created FAYZ has started an apocalypse, creating mutants and uncontrollable creatures, terrorizing the world. In this new post-apocalyptic series, you have your monsters, your villains and your heroes. There are some that believe the humans must be fought, that the mutants are the ones that deserve to reign. Others wish to restore peace and act as a hero to the normal citizens of the world. Old foes return and new ones arise. No longer is the battlefield only limited the Perdido Beach dome. Now, it has spread to the world. Michael Grant has managed to bring in a new element in every single one of his novels. From new heroes to new villains to entirely new concepts, VILLAIN raises the stakes in the Gone universe. What I primarily enjoyed was getting a major outlook into Dillon’s life. Dillon Poe, a bullied teenager who once wanted to be a comedian, gained the power to control anyone with just the sound of his voice. In the novel, he’s a villain, hell-bent on sending thousands to their death. It was interesting to see his side of the story in such a doomed world. The converging storylines flow smoothly together and create a well-welded plot. The separate stories ultimately combine, leading to Dillon wreaking havoc, and the superheroes Shade, Cruz, Malik, Dekka, Armo and one other new mutant attempting to stop the supervillain. They also bring back GONE favorites Sam Temple and Astrid Ellison. It’s been a while since the previous novel, MONSTER, was released, but Grant does an excellent job with tying in exposition to re-introduce us to his characters and set-up for the plot. The book also goes into more detail with the newer concept of the Dark Watchers, the name of the aliens that sent the virus-infested rock down to Earth. Each person’s power is unique and unexpected. Some wouldn’t exactly be called “superpowers” in a 21st century comic book, but Grant manages to craft characters with interesting traits and backgrounds that draw the reader in. The action scenes are nonstop. Grant intensely illustrates the battles of superpowers against superpowers through his writing. Opening with Dillon’s ruthlessness with civilians really sets the tone for the rest of the novel. The book showcases gory scenes that take the reader’s breath away. However, each quick and sudden death and the almost careless tone for each innocent demise doesn’t allow the reader to connect with what should be a great fear in the world. People compare the Gone universe with Marvel or DC comics and films, but the world that Grant has created is much more than that. The severity, the gore, the action and the reality of the Perdido Beach dome are engraved in every chapter. It is as if Deadpool meets Batman, where comedy meets absolute carnage meets darkness. There are crazy monsters, cyborgs and aliens all throughout the novel in this electrifying sequel. VILLAIN is a gripping, terrifying science-fiction thriller that makes the Battle of Las Vegas one of the most horrifying events in all the Gone books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam Whale

    A big step up from Monster (which I still enjoyed a lot). The main cast is a lot more well rounded and engaging, with clearer motivations and arcs (it was nice to feel moments of sympathy for the various Villains instead of just seeing them as insane and evil). Dillan was an especially engaging antagonist and the addition of Francis to the Rockborn Gang is welcome :) Shade, Malik and Cruz are given a lot more depth, with Cruz in particular growing to be one of my favourite character in all eight A big step up from Monster (which I still enjoyed a lot). The main cast is a lot more well rounded and engaging, with clearer motivations and arcs (it was nice to feel moments of sympathy for the various Villains instead of just seeing them as insane and evil). Dillan was an especially engaging antagonist and the addition of Francis to the Rockborn Gang is welcome :) Shade, Malik and Cruz are given a lot more depth, with Cruz in particular growing to be one of my favourite character in all eight books, while Dekka and her battle-buddy Armo remain as fantastic and badass as ever :) Justin is still a little dull, but seems to be going on some kind of arc, and I found Tom Peaks to be very engaging this time round. Seeing some more Drake was as creepy and vile as ever, and it's cool seeing how intimidating he is despite now being extremely outclassed in terms of raw power. Sam and Astrids brief appearance was also enjoyable, and I hope the two make a heroic return in the final book. The plot of villain was really well written, with a nice tight three act structure, some clear heroes, some clear villains, and some now morally ambiguous side player. the revelations to the greater plot of he trilogy were very exciting, but the smaller story of Dillains slow turn from sympathetic misguided youth into super villain, as well as our heroes having to come to terms with [ersonal demons in order to come together and stop him was what made this my favourite book in the seires since fear (which notably had a similar micro-story within the story and a book specific villain) I loved this book to death and reading it made me feel like a teenager again. I can't wait for Villain!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Tomjack

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mr. Grant, I'm talking to you because you have liked every 5 star review I have left about each of your books. What.The.Heck. I think you have finally hit my limit of death, carnage and blood. And yet, despite feeling like I was going to vomit multiple times, I read this entire book in one day and I will read the next one. And probably anything else you write. Because evidently I have become a masochist. But seriously, that was amazing and I'm glad it wasn't 500 pages because that would have bee Mr. Grant, I'm talking to you because you have liked every 5 star review I have left about each of your books. What.The.Heck. I think you have finally hit my limit of death, carnage and blood. And yet, despite feeling like I was going to vomit multiple times, I read this entire book in one day and I will read the next one. And probably anything else you write. Because evidently I have become a masochist. But seriously, that was amazing and I'm glad it wasn't 500 pages because that would have been... dare I say it... overkill. ;-)

  10. 4 out of 5

    George Fowles

    Next level gore compared to that of the FAYZ. Loved the idea of Dillon Poe’s power and the zombie apocalypse vibe it gave off. Even more disturbing when you realise they’re all aware of what they’re doing but can’t stop. Got to be the biggest death toll of the series so far. I kinda wish more was done with the OG’s, especially Drake now he’s so much worse (or at least more directly stated) than in the FAYZ, but by the looks of the ending we’ll be getting that in the next book. The Dark Watchers Next level gore compared to that of the FAYZ. Loved the idea of Dillon Poe’s power and the zombie apocalypse vibe it gave off. Even more disturbing when you realise they’re all aware of what they’re doing but can’t stop. Got to be the biggest death toll of the series so far. I kinda wish more was done with the OG’s, especially Drake now he’s so much worse (or at least more directly stated) than in the FAYZ, but by the looks of the ending we’ll be getting that in the next book. The Dark Watchers are one of the reasons why I love Grant’s writing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Verity Harris

    Full review to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    Villain is dramatic and full of non-stop action. There is an awful lot happening and as it had been a year since I read Monster, it took me a little while to get back into it. It is on a much larger scale than the original FAYZ books which on the one hand makes everything dramatic and shocking, but on the other hand can make it overwhelming and hard to keep track of. The powers people are developing are becoming so much bigger and wilder. I honestly can't guess where this series is going, and th Villain is dramatic and full of non-stop action. There is an awful lot happening and as it had been a year since I read Monster, it took me a little while to get back into it. It is on a much larger scale than the original FAYZ books which on the one hand makes everything dramatic and shocking, but on the other hand can make it overwhelming and hard to keep track of. The powers people are developing are becoming so much bigger and wilder. I honestly can't guess where this series is going, and that's exciting! Parts of this book hint at characters from the earlier books playing a larger role so I'm intrigued to see where that leads. Overall a fun read for fans of this world. I, personally, found the scale of it all overpowered the smaller character plotlines that interest me most, but I still enjoyed it and will be reading on in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and Electric Monkey for providing me an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Moon Cousin

    Finished the whole thing in a single day and... yeah I have quite a bit to say. It goes without saying that any major spoilers for this book will be marked and covered, spoilers for previous books in the series and the overarching narrative... not so much. This is my very first review of a book in the FAYZ-Verse and I guess I should start by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with this series. There are things I enjoy quite a bit, things I find annoying, things I come close to outright h Finished the whole thing in a single day and... yeah I have quite a bit to say. It goes without saying that any major spoilers for this book will be marked and covered, spoilers for previous books in the series and the overarching narrative... not so much. This is my very first review of a book in the FAYZ-Verse and I guess I should start by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with this series. There are things I enjoy quite a bit, things I find annoying, things I come close to outright hating (Not something that happens much when it comes to me) and with this new sequel series there is the occasional tidbit I personally find so absurd and ridiculous I can't help but laugh to myself about it. I'll try to cover a few of these opinions during the review so I can paint a full picture of my feelings about Villain. First off let's talk about the good. Feels fair to mention what I think the story did right since I'm giving it such a harsh rating. The new main characters continue to be a nice breath of fresh air. Over the course of the original FAYZ series I found myself growing incredibly tired of many of the main characters. The most egregious of which being Sam, Astrid, Caine and Diana with the most notable exceptions being Edilio and Dekka. With Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo and now Francis I'm finding myself more interested and engaged in their personalities and arcs than I ever was with the old main characters during the later books of their series. Time will tell if this sticks should I continue to read this series. The new way powers are handled also continues to be incredibly pleasing. I've been absolutely spoiled in the topic of creative superpowers by series such as Worm, My Hero Academia and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, so although the powers present here don't quite reach those heights of quality they are still extremely entertaining t0 witness. The new morphing mechanics also add an extra layer of creativity to the powers in this new series that elevates them above those present in the original series. Sadly, for me, none of the new powers introduced in this book could quite top those of the first books Abaddon and his starfish-ey body-puppeteering awesomeness, though newcomer Francis comes VERY close. Armo still has pretty bland powers but he makes up for it with a fun personality and entertaining presence (Same cant exactly be said for Knightmare) As another positive the action, like always, is tense and engaging in it's writing even when the things taking place are straightforward and simple. In spite of all my complaints with the series, Michael Grant's action writing has remained consistently entertaining. Now onto the negative. I'll start with a certain individual named Drake Merwin. A personal pet peeve of mine regarding the FAYZ-Verse. I absolutely hate this character and find myself annoyed with every paragraph he is present. Personally I've always greatly preferred villains who are sympathetic or have complex and understandable motives over the straight up monstrous characters, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a scumbag or two. Dio Brando from JJBA is an unrepentant asshole but his charisma, humorousness and sheer overpowering presence makes me love him despite my fondness for more sympathetic villains. To me, Drake has nothing that makes his type of villain enjoyable to have present. Even karma, the force that normally grants unlikeable villains a sort of entertainment factor by giving them what they deserve, is not helping here due to the sheer fact that Drake is nigh unkillable. I'm of the opinion that Sam should have incinerated Drake at the end of Lies and gotten rid of him permanently, he was fine enough in the first three books as an antagonist but beyond that point his invincibility mixed with his unlikability became a mix that annoys me every time he shows up. Also he's straight up a rapist now which... yeah... just pushes his unlikability that extra bit further. But enough about Drake, let's talk about a little thing introduced in the last book which remains present in Villain. Like the Drake Merwin thing, this is far more saturated with personal subjective opinion than the rest of the review. I honestly find the introduction of cyborgs and such into this series incredibly ridiculous and absurd. To me, the image of heads in jars piloting clunky robot bodies just feels so insanely disjointed from everything else this series has established that I have no idea how to react whenever these cyborgs appear. I can handle the superpowers granted inexplicably by reality warping aliens, that's fine it's been a part of the series since the very beginning, but everything to do with the cyborgs just makes my brain do an incredulous double take. Their introduction in the last book made the antagonistic, if realistic actions, of the government at that point evil to a completely cartoonish degree and going in I was almost certain this book wouldn't be able to top that level of absurdity, quietly hoping that I was wrong. Then in this book they (view spoiler)[brought it back with kamikaze drones piloted by the brains of infants and I... my brain just flatlines. (hide spoiler)] I don't know whether to love it for how insanely dark and ridiculous it is or hate it for those very same reasons. But what would this review about Villain be without talk of the villains? Yes I mentioned Drake earlier but he has a very reduced role in this book (Something I guess I should be thankful for?), leaving newcomer Dillon Poe to fill the role of main antagonist for this book. To be honest he didn't really do it for me. He seemed fairly promising at first, with an interesting agenda and terrifying Purple Man powers to match, until he just fell flat and became a character who just caused insane amounts of carnage and death for no real reason I can discern. He was just kind of sad and pathetic, (view spoiler)[made even more so by the fact that his terrifying powers can't even affect the heroes with powers. Midway through the story there's a scene that makes it seem like Armo is immune to the mind control due to his disorder, which I felt was a really neat and interesting plot point. But nope, any person with powers is immune if they are morphed into their other form. Undercutting what could have been a great Chekov's gun and trump card for the heroes while simultaneously making the book's main villain a bit more pathetic and unthreatening. (hide spoiler)] I honestly feel Vincent Vu AKA Abaddon could have filled the role of this books villain to a similar effect, given how his powers were shown to work during the finale of the last book. But sadly (view spoiler)[Abaddon is killed off unceremoniously in a 2-3 page chapter after so much hype buildup to his return. RIP Abaddon. You had the most disturbing and awesome abilities of any character in this series so far. (hide spoiler)] As for the other villains... Thomas Peaks real goals and motives remain slightly hazy and uninteresting to me, while Justin DeVeere continues to be... well... just uninteresting (In terms of both personality AND powers) I guess I've always considered the villains of the FAYZE-Verse books fairly weak in comparison to other aspects of the series, but that's just how I feel. Before closing out the review there is one other relatively minor thing I wanted to talk about. I'll first clarify that I am a huge fan of diversity in the stuff I read. I really do love and appreciate the level of race, gender and sexuality diversity this main cast of characters has. However in the first half/first three quarters of this book it feels like I'm being constantly reminded every third or fourth paragraph what a given characters race, gender and/or sexuality is. I've read all the other books, I am well aware that Dekka is a lesbian and I'm not going to forget if I'm not reminded every few seconds. I'm using Dekka as an example but the same goes for the majority of the main cast. And that's it for the review. It's pretty negative I guess but that's just how I feel. Regardless of how harsh the review is... I still finished this decent sized book in a single day and have read everything that came before it, so this series is definitely doing something right. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment how you felt about the review if you want! Second time I've ever done a review like this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine Kranz

    Fantastic follow up series to the gone series. Can not wait for the next instalment.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judith Moore

    Originally posted at Chain Interaction I should stress that this isn’t all going to be a comparison to Killer T. A lot of aspects of this book are far better than Muchamore’s attempt to write teenagers who don’t make me want to bang my head repeatedly on my bookshelf. For instance, I think Grant does a fairly good job of making his characters diverse and intersectional. Does it always work? No. But the attempt is there and that’s important. I also think Grant’s plot is a lot more high stakes, it Originally posted at Chain Interaction I should stress that this isn’t all going to be a comparison to Killer T. A lot of aspects of this book are far better than Muchamore’s attempt to write teenagers who don’t make me want to bang my head repeatedly on my bookshelf. For instance, I think Grant does a fairly good job of making his characters diverse and intersectional. Does it always work? No. But the attempt is there and that’s important. I also think Grant’s plot is a lot more high stakes, it certainly takes the Gone books and adds a whole lot more to them. So, why will I not be reading any more of this series? In part, this comes down to personal preference. I’m not a person who enjoys a lot of gore and violence in what I read. That’s not to say I want everything to be sunshine and lollipops, but I don’t need graphic depictions of dead bodies every other chapter. So, if you enjoy that – this may be the book for you. I can also see how this might be a good book for, say, a librarian to recommend to teenage boys, because it has a lot of great female characters in roles that ten years ago would have just been teenage boys. In the mission to get young adults who would rather be shooting each other in video games into reading, this isn’t a bad example. But for me – I’m just not that into you. So aside from the heaping violence, this book starts messing with one of my least favourite ‘superpowers’ which is mind control. I can’t be dealing with anything that screws around with consent. Again, that’s personal preference and, as far as I could tell, no-one is mind controlled into sleeping with anyone else, but there’s always the worry that it could happen and that makes for quite a stressful read on my part. Now onto the main reason I don’t want to continue this series. And this is a spoiler alert for those who care about those. Bringing back a character who ‘died’ in previous books who is just…horrible. Violent and damaged and rapey and…just no. There are enough terrible people in this book, there are enough awful perspectives you have to read, this was not necessary. What particularly bothered me was how every character, upon learning this, talked about how he was going to go after another character, and how powerless that character was at this point. I didn’t need that. I didn’t want that. This wasn’t relevant to the plot that was happening, it was just danger and fear for danger and fear’s sake. So, if you want to read a book that is essentially awful people doing awful things interspersed with arguably good people making difficult and often terrible decisions then this is certainly the book for you. As I say, a lot of this is personal preference, and there will be people who will appreciate this story. I can also praise the attempts at diversifying the story. But I won’t be reading more of these books. My rating: 2/5 stars I received a free digital advanced review copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I received an e-copy of ‘Villain’ from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Villain is the second book in the Monster trilogy (or eighth book in the Gone series) by Michael Grant. The first six books made up a large part of my teenage reading and Michael Grant is one of the three authors I credit for getting me back into reading after a massive slump after finishing Deathly Hallows. His writing here is great as always, the story is addictive and I loved getting lost in this world again. The I received an e-copy of ‘Villain’ from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Villain is the second book in the Monster trilogy (or eighth book in the Gone series) by Michael Grant. The first six books made up a large part of my teenage reading and Michael Grant is one of the three authors I credit for getting me back into reading after a massive slump after finishing Deathly Hallows. His writing here is great as always, the story is addictive and I loved getting lost in this world again. The Monster trilogy follows a group of people who have developed abilities from a meteorite that has hit Earth. Some people use these powers for good, some for evil and that is the story torn to its bare bones. The main antagonist in Villain was really interesting, Dillon Poe (The Charmer) has the ability to make people do whatever he wants and he makes some pretty horrible stuff happen - he seemed like a real threat. His motive was a little lost on me though, at some points it felt like he was just being evil for the sake of evil but this did lead to some interesting challenges for our protagonists to overcome. Cruz remained my favourite of the new characters in this series, there were some cameos from ‘Gone ‘characters which made me super happy (and they felt really natural, not added in just for fan service), however it was really the Dekka chapters that stood out for me once again. Shade Darby is arguably the main character of this new trilogy, however, she is by far my least favourite - I’m finding it really hard to warm to her and with one book left to go I’m guessing I probably won’t. This isn’t so much of a problem though given that the story jumps between different perspectives and the storylines are interesting. Villain was a really good sequel, it doesn’t suffer from middle book syndrome and there were some twists here that I did not see coming and can’t wait to see the payoff in the final book. There’s one book left and I don’t think I’m quite ready to say goodbye to this world again. Thank you NetGalley and @EMTeenFiction for giving me the chance to review ‘Villain’

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ami Michelle

    A few years ago i read the Gone series and i couldn't wait to get stuck into Villain. So i started it and didn't have a clue what was going on, it was only then that i realised that this couldn't be read as a stand alone and i had to get my hands on its predecessor Monster. Once i had read that it all made perfect sense! "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 A few years ago i read the Gone series and i couldn't wait to get stuck into Villain. So i started it and didn't have a clue what was going on, it was only then that i realised that this couldn't be read as a stand alone and i had to get my hands on its predecessor Monster. Once i had read that it all made perfect sense! "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." I read the book in two sittings, i honestly couldn't put it down! i have always loved Grant's style of writing and this time was no different. I enjoyed hearing about much loved characters from the Gone series and also about completely new ones that were as easy to love and as easy to hate! The ending was left on a bit of a cliffhanger, so here's me hoping that that there is another instalment! I would definitely recommend this book to read, and the whole series before. definite 5 star!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I have rated every Gone book with a well-deserved 5 stars, and so it pains me to rate this one only 3 stars. At the end of the day though, this book disturbed me in a way the other ones never did, and for that reason I can't rate it any higher. All of the Gone books have had their share of gross moments, but this book is just flat-out disgusting. I actually felt physically ill several times, and while I know I have a weak stomach I didn't except to actually have to close the book a few times to I have rated every Gone book with a well-deserved 5 stars, and so it pains me to rate this one only 3 stars. At the end of the day though, this book disturbed me in a way the other ones never did, and for that reason I can't rate it any higher. All of the Gone books have had their share of gross moments, but this book is just flat-out disgusting. I actually felt physically ill several times, and while I know I have a weak stomach I didn't except to actually have to close the book a few times to try and avoid dry-heaving. Previous gross-out scenes in earlier books were necessary for the plot, but it almost seemed like these ones were just gross for the sake of being gross. This still gets 3 stars because I love the plot, I love (most) of the characters, and I want to see how this all ends. I just hope the nasty scenes and the gore is scaled down for the last book. This series is so good on its own, it truly doesn't need these kinds of tactics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This world that Michael Grant has created is one of my favorites. I fell in love with his Gone series back in high school and I am so happy to be able to get into this world again in a new and interesting way. I really enjoy all of the characters, especially the villains. All of the villains in this book are great and the way that they think things through is so interesting. This book has great representation which is a thing that I love. I loved the new characters that were introduced in this b This world that Michael Grant has created is one of my favorites. I fell in love with his Gone series back in high school and I am so happy to be able to get into this world again in a new and interesting way. I really enjoy all of the characters, especially the villains. All of the villains in this book are great and the way that they think things through is so interesting. This book has great representation which is a thing that I love. I loved the new characters that were introduced in this book and I can't wait to read the next book and see how everything concludes. Although I loved this book, I felt like there was something missing. It isn't my favorite book that is set in this world.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    It seems that this series just gets darker, gruesomer, and sicker by the chapter, but what else can you expect from this incredible roller coaster of feeling and events that make up the Gone universe? I loved this book, in my opinion, it was even better than "Monster" and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one. I would also love to give a shout out to the fact that these books do not shy away from the topics of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and religion, and this book was no excepti It seems that this series just gets darker, gruesomer, and sicker by the chapter, but what else can you expect from this incredible roller coaster of feeling and events that make up the Gone universe? I loved this book, in my opinion, it was even better than "Monster" and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one. I would also love to give a shout out to the fact that these books do not shy away from the topics of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and religion, and this book was no exception.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megan ♠︎ 읽어요 ♠︎ Michaels

    Well, this was brutal. But great. But brutal. I did not want to put it down. I don't know why I'm always slow to start the next Michael Grant book on my list because apart from maybe one of tge GONE books (I have never hated a character as much as Drake), I always absolutely love them. I can't think what to write about this because I'm shellshocked but... I am so glad I picked it up! I'm worried about Hero. (Again, Drake) But I would also like it right now please? Also I definitely recommend reading Well, this was brutal. But great. But brutal. I did not want to put it down. I don't know why I'm always slow to start the next Michael Grant book on my list because apart from maybe one of tge GONE books (I have never hated a character as much as Drake), I always absolutely love them. I can't think what to write about this because I'm shellshocked but... I am so glad I picked it up! I'm worried about Hero. (Again, Drake) But I would also like it right now please? Also I definitely recommend reading the GONE series before these but it's not ABSOLUTELY necessary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    DJR

    I really enjoyed the Gone series. The first books were the best when the Fayze began. These books are still good and action packed. Not sure how I feel about kids eating rock dust to become some kind of warped character. Seems they don’t just get powers and stay mostly human, they morph into something strange. Loved the reoccurrence of the original characters. Can’t wait to see how it all pulls together.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Willem Van

    I think Grant would've been fine just leaving off after the Gone series finished. I thought this book, also, left few enough hanging threads that I'm not entirely sure how they're planning to get the next one started, and frankly, I don't find the cast to have all that much depth. Hoping the next book's a little better and that we get some more Sam/Astrid/Dekka action; they can't put off Drake's meeting with them forever

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gruffen

    An amazing follow up to the Gone series - all the new characters are interesting and complex and the returning characters are possible even better than they were in the original series (Dekka in particular!)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Disappointed in this one. DNF when they started on the baby brains in drones. Too much for me. (Such a shame, because I really enjoyed the series up to this point.) Totally agree with Emily May's review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    James Addison

    Great book, i feel like maybe dillon poe remorphed on his way down and survived, definitely make a better sequel if he comes back in later book series. Shorter read, but suspense was off the chains, and i loved every step of the book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    this is the 17th book by michael grant that I have read, so obviously i'm a fan. unfortunately I didn't like this as much as I have liked some of his previous books. rtc (maybe. probably).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    i love the gone series very much but these new books are just a big meh, a mess

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Moralez

    A must read This book was awesome! I could not put it down. It went by too fast & I cant wait for the next one to come out.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    This entire spin-off/continuation is nuts, and I love it. Very attached to all the "newbies" by now.

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