The Dead and the Gone

The Dead and the Gone

Book - 2008
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After a meteor hits the moon and sets off a series of horrific climate changes, seventeen-year-old Alex Morales must take care of his sisters alone in the chaos of New York City.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780152063115
Branch Call Number: Y PFE
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Dead & the gone

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didasdmum
Sep 02, 2016

The sequel to "Life as we Knew It" is better than the first book. I liked the character of Alex, a teenage boy trying to keep his siblings alive in a world that is falling apart. Some tragic and beautiful moments that will challenge your perceptions of what defines us as human beings when the world ends.

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KWALKER101
Mar 07, 2016

While a startling change of view from the mains of the first book, an interesting tale of the world being destroyed nonetheless.

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white_sparrow_18
Jun 15, 2015

I really liked the first book in this series, but I'm afraid I wasn't as impressed with this one. Definitely a little more hard core (especially in the death department), but it is nice to see how the moon disaster affects residents of a big city. It's still worth reading though! One of my favorite series.

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Dixiedog2
Oct 20, 2014

Great book and series. For his age, Alex was forced to take on a great deal of responsibility for the care of his younger sisters. Highly recommended series by - Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

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dixiedog
Sep 30, 2014

Teen rated Susan Beth Pfeffer’s ‘The Dead & the Gone’ (2008) - Life as We Knew It Series - Book 2, simply AWESOME! I have read all four books in the series and I believe book two was the best. To quote author John Green, “Riveting .... This is a dark and scary novel.” After a disaster of global magnitude takes place, the author describes what happens as life’s simple amenities: services, and facilities, ones that we all take for granted disappear alarmingly fast. While her first book in the series ‘Life as We Knew It’ took place in small town Pennsylvania, in this book the reader experiences the same but seemingly worst horror to a Puerto Rican family in New York City. I suggest readers go on to read ‘This World We Live In’ (2010) book 3 and ‘The Shade of the Moon’ (2013) book 4. Highly recommended series by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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waltzingechidna
Mar 01, 2014

An intriguing second look at life after this disaster. In Live As We Knew It, the protagonists live by, essentially, withdrawing into their house, isolating themselves from those who might steal from or otherwise harm them, and being as self-sufficient as possible; in Alex's New York, that simply doesn't work, but Alex survives with the help of his church and the connections he's made. Very realistic and well-paced. A good read.

carrillod Jul 17, 2013

this book is really good it about mysteries and i love the background and the characters

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brittanylove
Jun 26, 2013

I think this book was amazing. I read it for a book club that I'm doing for the summer and it just made me think about what would happen if the moon really did move closer to earth. Let's just hope it never happens.

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MaxRide
Oct 27, 2012

This series is amazing, I'm surprised there aren't any comments yet. I can see it becoming a movie, at least the first book.

Cdnbookworm Oct 09, 2012

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer, read by Robertson Dean
A companion novel to Life as We Knew It, this novel takes place over the same time period only in a different place, New York City. Here we have 17-year-old Alex Morales, dealing with the chaos unleashed by the asteroid hitting the moon offcourse. Alex lives with his parents and two sisters in an apartment in upper Manhattan. His father is in Puerto Rico for his grandmother's funeral and Alex has no idea whether he has survived. His mother works at a hospital in Queen's and was called in to work after the event, but hasn't been heard from since. Alex doesn't know for sure what happened to her, but is worried that she may have been drowned in the subway. His older brother Carlos is a marine, stationed in California and manages to communicate to the family that he has been mobilized. Alex is left alone with his two younger sisters, Brianna and Julie. They do have some things going for them. They are strong Catholics, with all three going to Catholic schools and involved in their local church, which offers some respite. They also have an uncle who owns a bodega and get some food initially from him. Since Alex's father is the apartment building manager, they also have limited access to some of the other apartments in their building.
As Alex struggles to take charge of his family and do what is necessary for their survival, he also struggles with his faith and how that impacts on the things he needs to do. This is a story of desperation and hope, of community and change. Alex is challenged, but finds the courage and support to deal with those challenges.

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danielle0308
Jul 13, 2015

When an asteroid hits the Moon, sending it into our atmosphere, 17-year-old Alex Morales finds himself responsible for his two sisters: Julie and Briana. With his mom at a hospital in Queens (or dead in the flooded subways) and his dad at his grandmother's funeral, he must rely on his friends and school to keep them all alive. But things take a nasty turn when Bri returns from a convent with life-threatening asthma...

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cardinal
Jan 22, 2014

"As long as we're alive, hope is alive."

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