The Gone series is a weird one for sure. I recommend more for young adults or people who enjoy young adult books. I for one didn't put the book down until I finished it. They are also a bit of a longer read than other young adult books.
You want a story and I will tell you one... Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters.