The Dead and the Gone: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 2 by Susan Beth PfefferThe Dead and the Gone: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 2 by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Dead and the Gone: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 2

bySusan Beth Pfeffer

Paperback | January 18, 2010

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SUSAN BETH PFEFFER is the author of many books for teens, including  Life As We Knew It and the bestselling novel The Year Without Michael . She lives in Middletown, New York.
Title:The Dead and the Gone: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.84 inPublished:January 18, 2010Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547258550

ISBN - 13:9780547258553

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read through, not as good as the first Life as We Knew It was pretty good. I enjoyed reading it. The Dead and the Gone isn?t really a continuation of the first one, it?s set in a different setting this time in New York City. Instead of a female protagonist, we have a male one who?s like the previous main character, has a family to take care of. What I liked about this book is the development of the setting. I liked how throughout the book areas around Alex and his sisters start dying out, and the city starts getting abandoned slowly. I enjoyed how this was illustrated throughout the story. Character development was well done in this book. I thought Julie did a lot of growing up especially during the last third of the book. Alex, well he did take charge of being the ?man of the house? but he wasn?t a great as a main character as I hoped he would be. Bri on the other hand, just ended up being the annoying character nobody wants to read about. The plot itself isn?t as good as the first one, but it?s still worth a read through at least once at least to see good character development and how it was like in a different setting. I?ll be continuing along this series as it does have a lot of potential. I hope it doesn?t fall short.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! I would imagine that Susan Beth Pfeffer would have a hard time writing a sequel to a fantastic book titled Life As We Knew It. but, she sure made a great one! The Dead and The Gone is an amazing book in an amazing series. there is a lot more religion in this book then there was in the first one, but i think it really adds to the story. This book is about, not Miranda like the first, but about a boy named Alex, who lives in New York. they both suffer from the same things - after an astroid hits the moon, Alex has to learn to survive with limited resources. He has to take care of his two sisters, and he has no idea where his parents are, which adds on to the stress. readers learn to not take advantage of the little things like food and hot water and clean clothes - because one day, they might not be there. The Dead And The Gone is a fantastic novel. the writing is amazing, and there are many similarities and differences between this book and the first. Alex learns more about himself, and finds strengths and weaknesses that he had not known existed before the astroid hit the moon. Written in journal entries, also like the first, this book will blow you away. You will experience everything Alex goes through as he takes on the responsibilities of not a 17-year-old boy, but a 30-year-old man. you will be right next to him as he learns to survive surrounded by the dead and the gone.
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite moving In my opinion, this book was better than the first one. It was completely opposite from Life as We Knew It. They saw dead bodies all the time; many people were at the food giveaways; disease was surrounding them; they lived in a highly populated city; and there was a lot more death. This novel was the complete opposite from Life as We Knew It. Even the characters were opposite! (Miranda has two brothers; Alex had two sisters and a brother). It was interesting seeing Alex's personality change during his experiences. For example, he used to love rules, but he eventually started to dislike them as times grew increasingly difficult. I admired Alex's maturity and his ability to control his anger. He prayed a lot and his Catholic beliefs really played into his personality. Alex knew when he had sinned, and accepted when he was wrong (this is especially hard for men/boys, with their "pride"). Everyone matured, just like in Life as We Knew It. And it was obvious that Alex looked up to his "gone" older brother Carlos and his father Papi. He constantly thought about what they would have done, and if they would be proud of him. But several parts didn't make sense: if Alex, Julie and Briana has the apartment all to themselves, why couldn't they break into the other homes and see what supplies they could find? Also, Chris' father was way too nice to Alex and his family, considering he barely knew them. And, considering they lived so close to everyone else in the city, it should have been extremely likely the would have died from sickness. (I know, there would be no story if this happened, but I just wanted to point out). Especially at the end of this novel, I was extremely moved and it was very emotional. It was not predictable at all. In general the novel was still a bit dull for me since I like fast-paced books. However, I enjoyed this novel, and I look forward to reading the last book, This World We Live In.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! Even Grittier Than "Life As We Knew It." Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote "Life As We Knew It" about a cataclysmic disaster and how a family in a small rural town must fight to stay alive. In this companion book "The Dead & The Gone" she tells about the same disaster only from the point of view of a family in the big city of New York. Impossible to put down. The characters and story are so well written that you will be drawn in - so much so that you will want to start stockpiling food yourself. Can't wait to read the third book where these two families will meet and together will continue their fight to stay alive.
Date published: 2010-03-08

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chapter 1Wednesday, May 18At the moment when life as he had known it changed forever, Alex Morales was behind the counter at Joey’s Pizza, slicing a spinach pesto pie into eight roughly equal pieces."I ordered an antipasto, also.""It’s right here, sir," Alex said. "And your order of garlic knots.""Thanks," the man said. "Wait a second. Aren’t you Carlos, Luis’s kid?"Alex grinned. "Carlos is my older brother," he said. "I’m Alex.""That’s right," the man said. "Look, could you tell your dad there’s a problem with the plumbing in twelve B?""My father’s away for a few days," Alex said. "He’s in Puerto Rico for my grandmother’s funeral. But he should be back on Saturday. I’ll tell him as soon as he gets home.""Don’t worry about it," the man said. "It’s waited this long. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother.""Thank you," Alex said."So where is your brother these days?" the man asked."He’s in the Marines," Alex said. "He’s stationed at Twentynine Palms, in California.""Good for him," the man said. "Give him my regards. Greg Dunlap, apartment twelve B.""I’ll do that," Alex said. "And I’ll be sure to tell my father about your plumbing."Mr. Dunlap smiled. "You in school?" he asked.Alex nodded. "I go to St. Vincent de Paul Academy," he said."Good school," Mr. Dunlap said. "Bob, my partner, went there and he says it’s the best school in the city. You know where you want to go to college?"Alex knew exactly where he wanted to go, and where he’d be happy to go, and where he would be satisfied to go. "Georgetown’s my first choice," he said. "But it depends on the financial package. And if they accept me, of course."Mr. Dunlap nodded. "I’ll tell Bob Luis’s kid goes to Vincent de Paul," he said. "You two can swap stories someday.""Great," Alex said. "Your bill comes to $32.77."Mr. Dunlap handed him two twenties. "Keep the change," he said. "Put it toward your college fund. And be sure to give Carlos my regards. Luis must be very proud of both his sons.""Thank you," Alex said, passing the pizza, the antipasto, and the bag of garlic knots to Mr. Dunlap. "I’ll remember to tell my father about the plumbing as soon as he gets back.""No hurry," Mr. Dunlap said.Alex knew they always said, "No hurry," when they meant "Get it done right now." But a seven-dollar tip guaranteed that Alex would tell Papi about the plumbing problems in 12B the minute he returned from Nana’s funeral."The cable’s out," Joey grumbled from the kitchen. "Yankees have the bases loaded in the top of the sixth and the cable dies on me.""It’s May," Alex said. "What difference does it make?""I have a bet on that game," Joey said.Alex knew better than to point out the game was still going on even if the cable was out. Instead he turned his attention to the next customer, filling her order for two slices of pepperoni pizza and a large Coke.He didn’t get away until ten, later than he usually worked, but the pizza parlor was short staffed, and since Joey was cranky without his ball game to watch, Alex didn’t think it a good idea just to leave. It was a muggy, overcast night, with the feeling of thunderstorms in the air, but as long as it wasn’t raining, Alex enjoyed the walk. He concentrated on Georgetown and his chances of getting in.Being junior class vice president would help, but he had no chance at senior class president. Chris Flynn was sure to win again. Alex had the presidency of the debate squad locked up. But would he or Chris be named editor of the school paper? Alex was weighing the odds between them when his thoughts were interrupted by a man and woman walking out of the Olde Amsterdam Tavern."Come on, honey," the man said. "You might as well. We could be dead by tomorrow."Alex grinned. That sounded like something Carlos would say.But as Alex raced across Broadway, fire engines and ambulances screamed down the avenue with no concern for traffic lights, and he began to wonder what was going on. Turning onto Eighty-eighth Street, he saw clusters of people standing in front of their apartment buildings. There was no laughter, though, no fighting. Some of the people pointed to the sky, but when Alex looked upward, all he saw was cloud cover. One well-dressed woman stood by herself weeping. Then, as Alex walked down the short flight of outdoor steps to his family’s basement apartment, the electricity went out. Shaking his head, he unlocked the outside door. Once in the darkened hallway, he knocked on the apartment door."Alex, is that you?" Briana called."Yeah. Let me in," he said. "What’s going on?"Bri opened the door. "The electricity just went out," she said. "The cable went out, too.""Alex, where’s the flashlight?" Julie asked."Check on top of the fridge," Alex said. "I think there’s one there. Where’s Mami?""The hospital called," Briana said. "A little while ago. Mami said it’s a really big emergency and they need everybody."Julie walked into the living room, waving the flashlight around. "She’s only been there two weeks and they can’t manage without her," she said."She said they couldn’t tell her when she’d get off," Briana said."Papi called while you were gone," Julie said. "He said everyone arrived safely and Nana’s funeral is tomorrow. I wish we could have gone with him.""I don’t know why," Briana said. "Whenever the family gets together, you always find some excuse not to go.""You’d better be nice," Julie said. "I have the flashlight.""Use it to find the transistor radio," Alex suggested. "Maybe the whole city is blacked out." He thought, not for the first time, how much more convenient things would be if the Morales family could afford a computer. Not that it would be any use in a blackout."I bet it has something to do with the moon," Briana said."Why the moon?" Alex said. "Sunspots cause problems, but I’ve never heard of moonspots.""Not moonspots," Briana said. "But the moon was supposed to get hit tonight by an asteroid or something. One of my teachers mentioned it. She was going to a meteor party in Central Park to watch.""Yeah, I heard about that at school, too," Alex said. "But I still don’t see why an asteroid would knock out the electricity. Or why Mami would be called to the hospital.""The radio isn’t working," Briana said, trying to turn it on. "Maybe the batteries are dead.""Great," Alex said. "In that case, why don’t you take the flashlight and get ready for bed. Mami’ll tell us what happened when she gets home.""It’s too hot without a fan," Julie whined.Alex didn’t know how Mami and Bri put up with Julie. She was Carlos’s favorite, too. Papi actually seemed to think she was cute, but that was because she was the baby of the family. A twelve-year-old baby, in Alex’s opinion."Do you think everything is okay?" Briana asked."I’m sure it is," Alex said. "Probably a big fire downtown. I heard a lot of sirens.""But Mami works in Queens," Briana said. "Why would the hospital need her there if the fire’s downtown?""A plane crash, then," Alex said, thinking of the people pointing to the sky. "Remind me to tell Papi that twelve B has a plumbing problem, okay. And go to bed. Whatever the emergency is, it’ll be gone by morning.""All right," Briana said. "Come on, Julie. Let’s pray extra hard for everybody.""That sounds like fun," Julie grumbled, but she followed her big sister to their bedroom.Mami kept votive candles in the kitchen, Alex remembered. He stumbled around until he found one and matches to light it. It cast only a small amount of light, but enough for him to make his way to the room he had once shared with Carlos.Originally the two rooms had been the master bedroom, but when they’d moved in, Papi had built a dividing wall, so that the boys and the girls each got a small bedroom. He and Mami slept in their own room. Even without Carlos, the apartment was crowded, but it was home and Alex had no complaints.He undressed quickly, opened the door slightly so he could hear Mami when she got home, blew out the candle, and climbed into the lower half of the bunk bed. Through the thin wall, he could hear Briana’s Dios te salve, María. Papi thought Bri was too devout, but Mami said it’s just a stage fourteen-year-old girls go through.Somehow Alex didn’t think Julie would go through that stage when she turned fourteen.When Alex had been fourteen, three years ago, he’d thought for a couple of days about becoming a priest. But Bri was different. Alex could actually see her becoming a nun someday. Mami would love that, he knew.Sister Briana, he thought as he turned on his side, his head facing the wall. My sister the sister. He fell asleep grinning at the thought. Copyright © 2008 by Susan Beth PfefferAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may be ­reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.Requests for permission to make copies of any part of the work should be submitted online at or mailed to the following address: Permissions Department, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32887-6777.

Editorial Reviews

* As riveting as Life as We Knew It and even grittier. . . . The powerful images and wrenching tragedies will haunt readers."- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Everything Pfeffer writes about seems wrenchingly plausible."- Booklist, starred review"Incredibly engaging."- Kirkus Reviews "