Um ... I can't help but wonder what this book's sales pitch was - "It's like Lord of the Flies. But with mutants!" maybe?
Anyway, in spite of that (and in spite of loathing Lord of the Flies), I actually found Gone rather decent. I can't say any of the characters really captured me yet, but I was moderately interested in some of them, and I have to say the central mystery of the story is quite intriguing - enough so that I deliberated for a moment whether to buy the next book right away or read something else instead.
I'm pretty sure I'll give the next one a try as well; we'll see how I feel about the series after that.