The Dead and The Gone

Second Book of the Last Survivors Trilogy

Written by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780152063115

Genre: Science Fiction

Review

The Dead and The Gone is a dystopian book following the book Life As We Knew It. This book contains many of the same aspects as the first book did, such as governmental issues and global depression. The main character is Alex Morales and he currently lives in New York City with two little sisters because his parents are presumed dead. The moon has been knocked off of it's axis due to a huge asteroid that has been called "the biggest asteroid on record". Alex thinks that his mother is dead because she was most likely in the subways of the city when the floods hit. His dad is probably dead because he was in Puerto Rico when the floods hit because Alex's grandmother passed away. I find that Alex is struggling with being religious when he has to loot dead people's valuables and trade them for supplies like food, water, batteries, and so on.


Susan B. Pfeffer has a unique style of writing that no other authors that I've read from have. Some of the things that I really like about this book is that the author can make the same setting that the last book had seem so different with another group of characters. She uses sensory words to make you feel the emotions of Alex when he has to go take belongings off of dead people to use them to his personal benefit. The author makes the characters really come out of their shells by changing their characteristics throughout the book. Alex, for example, was the most faithful character in the book. Heading towards the end of the book, Alex seemed to lose some of that faith and had to steal things to survive and trade other beings belongings to get supplies. He also tries to keep his siblings safe from the virus called the West Nile virus. Is Alex capable of keeping all of his remaining friends and family alive, or will this outbreak of irregular weather and mother nature not allow that? Find out when you read The Dead and The Gone by Susan B. Pfeffer.



Additional Reviews:



  • Check out this exciting and short biography of the author who wrote The Dead and The Gone, Susan B. Pfeffer
  • Here you will find an interview with Susan B. Pfeffer.
  • The Earth is slowly being torn down because of nature. NASA has found out the most accurate way that the world will really end.
  • The gravitational pull of the moon has increased because of an asteroid. Alex thinks his mom died in the subways of New York City because she drowned. Look at what a massive flood can actually do to a city and poor civilians.
  • In The Dead and The Gone, there are massive earthquakes. Check out this Youtube video on how one Japan earthquake made skyscrapers sway side to side!

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