The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

For me, this has been a long awaited sequel for me to actually sit down and read. It’s been out for awhile, I’ve just had so many books on my shelf to read. I have to say that, as a sequel, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

In this next chapter of the world in Life As We Knew It, we are taken to New York City. We are introduced to Alex and his two sisters Bri and Julie. Alex is the oldest and after the catastrophic event of the moon being hit by an asteroid, he is in charge of the family. Their father was in Puerto Rico at a family funeral and most likely killed when the small island was decimated by tsunamis. Their mother had to go to work at the hospital and on her way was most likely drowned in the subway trying to get to that hospital. They have an older broth, Carlos, but he is in the Marines and no where near them. They are all alone and have to fend for themselves. Through all this hardship, they always keep their faith in God and believe that they will make it through. Although they suffer many losses, they end up being rescued in the end.

I enjoyed Life As We Knew It a bit more than this sequel, only because I wasn’t expecting anything. I already knew some of what happened in this novel because of the previous novel, and that took away from this book. We weren’t shocked at the moon being knocked closer to Earth. The one thing that redeemed this book for me and made it a good sequel was the rawness of this novel. I may be a little morbid, but I enjoyed the death, decay and pure emotion of this book. It’s what made this sequel so good. We already had the storyline, what we didn’t have was a different perspective were it wasn’t so peaceful. Not that I’m saying that it was every peaceful in any of the stories. It’s just that in Life we didn’t have that much death. Yes, they were hungry and didn’t know where they were going to get their food from. But they had their mom. They had an adult that could tell them what they should be doing. In this one, they relied on themselves, teenagers. They had to grow up fast and realized that the world isn’t what it always appears to be. They grew up to appreciate everything they had. That’s a good life lesson that they unfortunately had to learn a REALLY hard way. More people could use that lesson in real life.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Book Dweeb
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 19:12:51

    I agree. The one thing this book offered that LAWKI didn’t, was a more gruesome (and probably realistic) portrayal of how bad things would really get in a post-apocalyptic world.

  2. The Book Hog
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 20:45:29

    I think this story is a really good story that shows how we need to save our planet, our this might happen. I think anyone that loves the Earth would like this book.

  3. kawzmikgirl
    Dec 13, 2008 @ 07:25:16

    I agree…I just hope it doesn’t ever actually happen.

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