Gone by Michael Grant
Gone is a "what if" story. What if everyone over the age of 14 suddenly disappeared? What if this phenomenon was localized, affecting a small slice on the California coast? What if there was no visible way to escape the affected area and get back to the "normal" world? The story sounds a bit like the Lord of the Flies on a larger scale with boys and girls of all ages, from babies up to age 14. But there is a twist. Even before all the adults disappeared some of the kids were experiencing...something strange, developing unusual powers that ranged from mild to deadly. What these new talents have to do with the Disappearance is one of many enigmas the oldest kids try to figure out, along with how they can best survive and take care of the younger children. It’s quite a load of responsibility for the young teens, one that is considerably complicated with the appearance of kids from a nearby private school. Gone is the first book in a series that challenges our concepts of civilization and what it means to be a community.