These books are pretty epic for young adults etc. Has anyone else read them if not check them out. In the small town of Perdido Beach, California, everyone fifteen and over mysteriously disappears in the blink of an eye. In school, no one knows what to do and there is mass chaos and confusion among the remaining population. Sam Temple steps up and tries to save a girl from a burning building. She does not survive, but Sam reveals that he has the power to shoot beams of light from his hands (the girl had the power to shoot streams of liquid fire from her hands). Not fully understanding the situation he is in, he decides to look for Little Pete, the autistic little brother of Astrid (the local kid genius and Sam’s love interest in the story). Along with Astrid, and Quinn Gaither, Sam’s best friend, the group discovers an energy barrier that cuts off the kids from the outside world. The people left start to mutate.