The Dead and the Gone: Book summary and reviews of The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Dead and the Gone

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled 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.

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"Those who enjoyed the journal style of the companion novel (Life as We Knew It) may be surprised by the switch to third-person narration, but most will be delighted to observe the same depth of character and the same ability to move readers to tears." - VOYA, ages 11-18.

"As in the previous novel, Life as We Knew It (2006), realistically bone-chilling despair and death join with the larger question of how the haves and have-nots of a major metropolitan city will ultimately survive in an increasingly lawless, largely deserted urban wasteland. Incredibly engaging." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Starred Review. The powerful images and wrenching tragedies will haunt readers. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly.

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Matthew amerine

Amazing
A book I got for a project at school but I cannot put the book down it is so amazing and by far best book I’ve read.

mizz awesum!

this book:
I believe that this book was........AMAZING IN MANY WAYS! Just the action in the story gets me biting my nails. you have to read it to believe it....trust me.

Jade

BEST BOOK EVER!!!
OMG! I LOVE THIS BOOK! I read this before I read Life as We Knew it but I read that shortly after. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD! I couldn't put it down! Page after page I felt the drama, suspense, and fear! I actually cried at the end. Oh my god its such a good book! Some people can relate to them because they are just your average kids. A very well written book to sum it up. I LOVE it! This is my favorite series and I really want to buy the 3rd book! If you LOVE sci-fi, drama, adventure, suspense and tragedy, you will just fall in love with this book. I wasn't too crazy about sci-fi but this is my favorite book by far!!!

Elias Martinez

The Amazing And The Enthralling
This book had my eyes stuck to it for about 2 days straight. I teared up, I got all tensed up, I thoroughly enjoyed this book,cover to cover.

Haydee Karime Ruiz

"the dead & the gone" an Astonishing Book
Life for Alex Morales has changed forever, an asteroid has collapsed with the moon and knocking it closer to earth. At the same time it has altered the Earths climate. From Tsunami's to hurricanes and Quake's.

Every, time I turned the page I urged to know what was going to happen next. As I sat in my living room I actually cried from time to time, the tears just couldn't stop.

I thought that the characterization of the characters was very essential to the story because they where the whole story. The characters created the story. I could really feel what they felt, well sort of.

That's how good this book was and is.

OK, I have never really liked to read much, but when I picked up this book I said" wow nice cover. Let's just say that it got me interested in reading ALL OVER AGAIN.

Does the book have a sequel or what? Now that would be cool

THIS BOOK WAS FACINATING

Savannah

The dead and the gone
The best book I've ever read! Now even grittier, than before. Very hopeful, and brutal. You will want to read this in one sitting. You will cry, and bite your nails. I could have gone with the first person though. It will make you thankful, but wonder if this could actually happen to you. The way Pfeffer writes makes you able to put your self into any character's shoes. Loved every minute of it.

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Susan Beth Pfeffer Author Biography

Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City. She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains. When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer.  That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors.  However, it wasn't until 1970 that her first book, Just Morgan, was published. She wrote it during her last semester at New York University; since then, she has been a full-time writer for young people.

She has won numerous awards and citations for her work, which range from picture books to middle-grade and young-adult novels, and include both contemporary and historical fiction. She is ...

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Susan Beth Pfeffer: Feffer (pfeffer means pepper in German)

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