The Dead and the Gone

The Dead and the Gone

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Apr 16, 2021

Love this book waiting to read the rest of the series my name is Blue_dove_745🔝please follow me.

Feb 22, 2019

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a climate fiction book. this series both terrifies me and entertains me. it is so sad to think how such a small thing could so drastically change our world. and kindof scary how dependent we are on things like electricity and other forms of technology. i hope that if this would ever happen in real life that i would have the courage displayed by the characters in the book. Although this is part of a series, it reads well as a stand alone.

ArapahoeBridget Nov 15, 2017

I forgot how bleak this series is, and also: SO SAD. Anyway, this installment does a great job of portraying faith during the ending of the world. I loved the characters, and it's kind of a slow build harrowing read.

Sep 02, 2016

The sequel to "Life as we Knew It" is better than the first book. I liked the character of Alex, a teenage boy trying to keep his siblings alive in a world that is falling apart. Some tragic and beautiful moments that will challenge your perceptions of what defines us as human beings when the world ends.

Mar 07, 2016

While a startling change of view from the mains of the first book, an interesting tale of the world being destroyed nonetheless.

Jun 15, 2015

I really liked the first book in this series, but I'm afraid I wasn't as impressed with this one. Definitely a little more hard core (especially in the death department), but it is nice to see how the moon disaster affects residents of a big city. It's still worth reading though! One of my favorite series.

Oct 20, 2014

Great book and series. For his age, Alex was forced to take on a great deal of responsibility for the care of his younger sisters. Highly recommended series by - Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Sep 30, 2014

Teen rated Susan Beth Pfeffer’s ‘The Dead & the Gone’ (2008) - Life as We Knew It Series - Book 2, simply AWESOME! I have read all four books in the series and I believe book two was the best. To quote author John Green, “Riveting .... This is a dark and scary novel.” After a disaster of global magnitude takes place, the author describes what happens as life’s simple amenities: services, and facilities, ones that we all take for granted disappear alarmingly fast. While her first book in the series ‘Life as We Knew It’ took place in small town Pennsylvania, in this book the reader experiences the same but seemingly worst horror to a Puerto Rican family in New York City. I suggest readers go on to read ‘This World We Live In’ (2010) book 3 and ‘The Shade of the Moon’ (2013) book 4. Highly recommended series by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Mar 01, 2014

An intriguing second look at life after this disaster. In Live As We Knew It, the protagonists live by, essentially, withdrawing into their house, isolating themselves from those who might steal from or otherwise harm them, and being as self-sufficient as possible; in Alex's New York, that simply doesn't work, but Alex survives with the help of his church and the connections he's made. Very realistic and well-paced. A good read.

carrillod Jul 17, 2013

this book is really good it about mysteries and i love the background and the characters

Jun 26, 2013

I think this book was amazing. I read it for a book club that I'm doing for the summer and it just made me think about what would happen if the moon really did move closer to earth. Let's just hope it never happens.

Oct 27, 2012

This series is amazing, I'm surprised there aren't any comments yet. I can see it becoming a movie, at least the first book.

Cdnbookworm Oct 09, 2012

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer, read by Robertson Dean
A companion novel to Life as We Knew It, this novel takes place over the same time period only in a different place, New York City. Here we have 17-year-old Alex Morales, dealing with the chaos unleashed by the asteroid hitting the moon offcourse. Alex lives with his parents and two sisters in an apartment in upper Manhattan. His father is in Puerto Rico for his grandmother's funeral and Alex has no idea whether he has survived. His mother works at a hospital in Queen's and was called in to work after the event, but hasn't been heard from since. Alex doesn't know for sure what happened to her, but is worried that she may have been drowned in the subway. His older brother Carlos is a marine, stationed in California and manages to communicate to the family that he has been mobilized. Alex is left alone with his two younger sisters, Brianna and Julie. They do have some things going for them. They are strong Catholics, with all three going to Catholic schools and involved in their local church, which offers some respite. They also have an uncle who owns a bodega and get some food initially from him. Since Alex's father is the apartment building manager, they also have limited access to some of the other apartments in their building.
As Alex struggles to take charge of his family and do what is necessary for their survival, he also struggles with his faith and how that impacts on the things he needs to do. This is a story of desperation and hope, of community and change. Alex is challenged, but finds the courage and support to deal with those challenges.

Sep 27, 2012

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!! In Life As We Knew It we found out how the world ended in a small town, and now in this companion novel we get to find out how it happened in a big city. In Life As We Knew It, the crumbling of the world is limited to the experiences of one girl and her family, confined in a single room of their house. Their struggles must reflect everyone else’s, their experiences mirror what must be going on elsewhere, and through their personal suffering we feel the plight of the world. In The Dead And The Gone, the collapse of the city gets our attention, and while we see what’s happening to New York and say holy crap this is bad, there is very little connection to the main characters or their trials. The book says they go through a lot, but I don’t feel it the way I did reading Miranda’s diary entries in Life As We Knew It.

The main character rarely knows what is going on, which is frustrating because he’s top of his class and plans to be President someday. He barely knows what caused the end of the world, he has no idea what’s coming in the near future, and he has no plans – only reactions. He survives mostly because of luck, which does not make for a compelling story. When most of his family is dead by the end, he barely shows he cares and as a reader I can hardly be expected to do more than that.

Jul 20, 2012

Every flip of the page you are hoping things, life for these survivers will get back to normal.

Jul 11, 2012

The writing is wonderful and the characters are completely fleshed out. I literally couldn't put this book down and read it all in one sitting, I had to know what was going to happen. The landscape in these novels is a desolate feature and brings much terror and sadness but there is also hope. A definite must read!

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omega156 May 29, 2012

best book ever read

Apr 22, 2012

I love the way the author makes it seem so realistic, with the meteor hitting the moon and the after effects of it. But this is really scary too, seeing as her sister died so easily.. I think this one and the last one were the best ones.

Demarcation Apr 05, 2012

This story was very scary--it feels like it could really happen.

Dec 15, 2011

Loved Life as we Knew it! Cant wait for this one!!

Nov 04, 2011

Just as amazing as the first. Leaves you thinking what will happen next?

HollieAttack Sep 15, 2011

I was actually suprised by how good this book was, the creepy part was i read this book in 2010. And my birthday is also May 18th.. Which made this book even better.

Mar 04, 2011

I really liked the book. It was a bit bland in the beginning, but the storyline is quite interesting.

Dec 07, 2010

AWESOME!! this book talks about how the 'GREAT GREAT' New York falls to its feet and how it deals with the onslaught of death and dispair from the eyes of a teenager, who has to become a man in the face of death, fear, hunger, and despair. GREAT book!

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