4 stars · fiction · series · young adult

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Dead & The Gone

The Last Survivors #2
Book 1 : Life as We Know It

author : susan beth pfeffer

pages : [hardcover] 321

memorable quote : “If God wanted a world filled with saints, He never would have created adolescence.”

favorite characters : alex & julie

summary :

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.

review :

I love these books and I’m already looking forward to reading the third book in The Last Survivors trilogy! With their simplicity and sometimes drawn out storylines, these books might not be for everyone. I think that I like them more in that they’re different because they aren’t constantly action packed. That isn’t to say that nothing happens throughout the duration of the novel, but The Dead and the Gone is like Life As We Knew It in that it is more character oriented rather than plot driven.

There’s a different element in this book because not only is there a different setting for the disaster, New York City, neither of Alex’s parents are there and he’s left to care for his two younger sisters. I loved seeing how someone would handle suddenly having this responsibility thrust upon them, not only because it would be difficult in normal circumstances but because things are obviously anything but normal in this world that Susan Beth Pfeffer creates. It’s both horrifying and fascinating at the same time.

I definitely enjoyed this second installment more than the first book, though I think part of that might be because there’s more mobility throughout the story and the setting is more diverse. That and I like hearing this more from the limited third person point of view rather than having it told like someone’s writing it in a journal. It leaves more suspense and made me more interested in the story.

I can’t wait to start the next book, especially because characters from each book get to meet each other now!

5 stars

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