The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2) by Susan Beth PfefferJun 10, Minutes Young Adult Buy. Jun 10, Minutes Young Adult. 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. With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities. Award-winning author Susan Beth Pfeffer, has written over sixty books for children and young adults. She began her career in , with the publication of her first book, Just Morgan, which she wrote her last semester at New York University. More about Susan Beth Pfeffer.
The Dead and the Gone
For me, it was interesting to see the same events from a different perspective. Where Miranda and her family dealt with the situation on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, Alex and his young sisters must navigate the Upper West side of Manhattan. Although the situations and catastrophes are the same, the fresh take this novel gave was interesting. Miranda and her family were quite leery of the church, while Alex and his sisters lean on their faith to survive. I had hoped that this audio book would have a more exciting plot — but I found that it was very similar to the original.
As riveting as Life as We Knew It and even grittier, this companion novel returns to the premise of that previous book to show how New York City responds to the global disasters that ensue when an asteroid knocks the moon out of orbit. This time Pfeffer focuses on high school junior Alex Morales, whose parents go missing after the catastrophe. It's up to him to find a way to keep himself and his two younger sisters alive while the planet is rocked by famine, floods, freezing temperatures and widespread disease. Once again Pfeffer creates tension not only through her protagonist's day-to-day struggles but also through chilling moral dilemmas: whether to rob the dead, who to save during a food riot, how long to preserve the hope that his parents might return. She depicts death and destruction more graphically than before, making the horror of Alex's ordeal all the more real. Religion also plays a larger role. A devout Catholic, Alex finds his faith in God shaken, but he relies on the guidance, compassion and sacrifice of church leaders in order to stay alive.
Title: the dead and the gone. Book 3, This World We Live In will be a direct sequel to both companion books and is to be released in Why did I read this book: I loved the first book so much that I immediately combed all my local bookstores for the dead and the gone. Summary: from amazon. 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.
Pfeffer's novel Life As We Knew It was created after watching the original film Meteor , noting that "it got [her] thinking about how the people who have the most to lose if the world comes to an end are kids," and wanted to see how her characters would cope with a situation that was out of their control. She playfully mentioned that "I figure with million people alive in the United States, even if I write about 10 people a book, I can still get another 2,, novels out of that meteor, and that should keep me busy and entertained well past the foreseeable future. The Dead and the Gone uses a third-person narrative, while the previous book, Life As We Knew It , used a first-person narrative in a journal format.