Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review: the dead and the gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
     With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities. (from )

MY REVIEW- This is the second book in the last survivors series. The world disasters and hardships that occured in the first book Life As We Knew It are pretty similar  in the dead and the gone. But in this book it tells how a seventeen year old puerto Rican boy and his two sisters try to live,  and still try to believe in their god. The characters are Alex Morales a 17 year old boy and his two sisters Julie and Bri. His parents have disapeared in the tidal waves, however Julie and Bri hold on to the hope that they will come home at any minute. But Alex knows better. In this book they use alot of prayer to get them through this hard time. I have noticed that Alex will do anything to keep his sisters safe. He barters or trade things he finds on the dead bodies for food or things they need to live. However i didnt like his attitude on some things. Alex thinks that just because he is a man he doesnt need any help. he is often to hard on his siters, even though he loves them. i also noticed this book wasnt really in diary format as the first one was. It had the dates but it wasnt as personal as Life As We Knew It.

All Together- I liked the first book better. this one was good but i felt more connected to miranda in the first book. (probably because it was written in more of a diary format) but overall its not a bad book.

My Rating-  * * * *


  1. I agree with you; I liked the first book better too. It was much easier to get to know Miranda and her family, whereas I didn't really connect to Alex and his sisters. It felt less personal.
    Interested to read your thoughts on the last book :]

  2. yes in the third book i believe they all come together im looking forward to writing a review for it=)


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