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

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

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | January 18, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Dead and the Gone: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 2 is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
Susan Beth Pfeffer'sLife as We Knew Itenthralled 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.84 in

Published: January 18, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547258550

ISBN - 13: 9780547258553

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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

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

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.84 in

Published: January 18, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547258550

ISBN - 13: 9780547258553

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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 sat
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From the Publisher

Susan Beth Pfeffer'sLife as We Knew Itenthralled 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.

About the Author

Susan Beth Pfefferis the author of many books for teens, including theNew York Timesbest-selling novelLife As We Knew It, which was nominated for several state awards, and its companion books,The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In,andThe Shade of the Moon. She lives in Middletown, New York.

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

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17