The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
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The Dead and the Gone (The Last Survivors #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  19,278 ratings  ·  2,234 reviews
Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroidhitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as theyunfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Mora...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 3rd 2008)
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karen
it has come to this. last week, while waiting for more books to come up to shelve, i was idly wondering if this book had come out in paperback yet. it had. so i ran downstairs, pushing folks out of the way on the escalator and making a beeline for teen fiction where i whooped and grabbed a copy. ashamed of my excitement, i made my way back upstairs, trying to figure out how the mighty had fallen. (and by mighty, i mean only those vehemently opposed to adults who read teen fiction). now, i am onl...more
Mark
I enjoyed the first part in the series, Life as We Knew It, and thought retelling the events from a different perspective and then having the two mains meet up in the third was a smart way to handle the trilogy. But while the ideas were there, ultimately this book really lacks substance and feels like a poor version of the first one. There will be some SPOILERS - be forewarned.

Following Alex and his family who live in NYC, he must find a way to keep his family alive as they go through the catacl...more
Claire Scott
If I thought Life As We Knew It made me want to create the world's greatest emergency preparedness kit, it was nothing compared to The Dead and the Gone. This book scared the living daylights out of me. After begging a friend for the ARC, I had to put it down instead of reading it straight through in order to avoid nightmares.

Premise of both books: meteor hits moon, natural-disaster apocalypse ensues in the form of a collapsed infrastructure, food shortages, epidemics, etc. Life As We Knew It t...more
Colleen Venable
I'm so confused by these books! All the way through I complained and whined, the characters painfully unbelievable and about as dimensional as pancakes, but that said I could not stop reading. If I was making a single copy I brought the book to the copy machine. If I was in the elevator going up one floor, I threw my faces into these pages. I casually snuck paragraphs in between work e-mails, one eye on the ink one on the boss door. Pfeffer is an amazing concept writer, and the concept is what p...more
Buggy
Opening Line: “At 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 roughly eight equal pieces.”

Oh this was good, probably just as good as Life As We Knew It but the shock factor from that 1st book kind of knocks this one down a notch. This is a companion book to LAWKI, that’s right the same exact events from a different perspective. Here instead of reading from the diary of a girl in rural Pennsylvania...more
Ashley
The Dead and the Gone is a strange move for an author and likely a disappointment for readers of Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It. Described as a “companion novel” to Life as We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone provides no extension of the earlier novel; instead, we see (again) the crises of tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, famine, and epidemic disease caused by the moon being knocked out of its orbit. This book covers roughly the same span of time and addresses many of the same issues—both...more
Flannery
I seriously love reading this series. I get so enthralled with books that are set in a post apocalyptic world--well, at least one where natural disasters are going crazy. I'm not sure which one I enjoyed more, this one or the companion (Life As We Knew It). Both had their highs and lows...but this one KILLED me for two major plot points:

Alex's dad was the super of the building. He would've had keys to every apartment. And, even if he didn't have the keys, (view spoiler)...more
Arlene
I can’t seem to understand why I torture myself with apocalyptic novels such as The Dead and the Gone, because I’m always left with a sense of gloom and despair long after turning the final pages. I read the companion novel Life As We Knew It, and swore I’d stay away from this book because it scared the beejeezuz out of me. Well I saw it on my library shelf just glaring me in the face and daring to be read, so I picked it up like a dummy; and now I want to go to the store and stock up on food, m...more
Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
This book is a companion piece to Life As We Knew It, and we get to see the same exact events (an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth which causes every kind of natural disaster) from a different perspective, this time from a Hispanic boy instead of a white girl, in NYC instead of a small Pennsylvanian town. Their experiences are different enough so that you're not constantly comparing the two even though you have an idea of what's going on.

One of the things I liked best about LAWKI was th...more
Jianne
The Dead and the Gone has not made it up to my expectations especially after loving Life As We Knew It. I'll talk more about the problems that I found in the book rather than the ones I liked (which were fewer actually)

Alex Morales is a seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican New Yorker whose parents disappear in the aftermath of the tidal waves, must must now care for his two younger sisters, Julie and Brianna even when hope seems all gone.

The novel explores on how a young man takes on unimaginable res...more
Megan
The Dead and the Gone pretty much sums up this entire book. Everyone in NYC is either dead, gone or soon will be. Asteroid hits moon, earth goes through nasty changes, everyone dies, the end. But wait, you ask… what of the hard core survivalists? I’m sure they are out there somewhere, but they are certainly not in Susan Beth Pfeffer’s second book of her Last Survivors series. This is a shame, because this YA novel started off so good.

In The Dead and the Gone we follow the story of Alex Morales,...more
Adrienne
Ok so I was wrong about the whole trilogy thing. What happens in these books, which is actually a cool idea, is the first book is about Miranda in Pennsylvania, and the second book is about Alex in New York, a completely different cast of characters dealing with the same end-of-the-world catastrophe. But I hated this one. First off, I was infuriated by the gender roles and sexism in this book. Alex automatically delegates all cooking and cleaning to his sisters, while he always does the "manly"...more
Lisa Vegan
I enjoyed this book almost as much as the author’s companion book Life As We Knew It, which was a pleasant surprise as I did not expect to like it as much. It’s riveting.

The two books together make for very interesting reading as both detail what happens to different families during a natural disaster that causes the moon to move much closer to earth, causing cataclysmic changes.

This book differs in that it’s not told in diary form by a suburban middle class teenage girl but in third person fro...more
Regina
I wavered between 2 and 3 stars. But I am a sucka so 3 stars it is.

In case you fail to get the wrong idea from reading this review, I have enjoyed reading this series and thinking about the series.

Flannery stated it perfectly here, and here, these books are like crack! Or super greasy but yummy food that I can’t stop eating even though I have a lot of problems with them. There are huge holes in this book, that I could just not ignore. I do recommend reading the first book and continuing on with...more
Dave S.
Jun 13, 2008 Dave S. rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people with twisted minds who like sad endings and corpses.
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I love when you read a series, and the second book is just as good as the first. This book follows Alex, a teen who lives in New York City, when the Asteroid hits the moon. His struggle is much different than Miranda's, from the first book in the series, Life as We Knew It. Alex's parents disappear in the madness and he is responsible to take care of his two younger sisters. Imagine being so hungry and desperate, that you need to steal valuables from dead...more
Kimberly Russell
This is part two in the series. It's the same event, the moon shifting closer to Earth and throwing everything out of whack but this one takes place in New York.

I liked this one better for a lot of reasons. In part one the main character is a tiny bit annoying and in this the protagonists is smart and strong willed and I was really rooting for him the whole time. I didn't feel as panicked when I read this one, I just kept holding my breath when unfortunate things kept happening.

I can’t wait to...more
Ash
I'm reading these books in a weird order. I haven't read the first of these yet, Life As We Knew It, so I obviously can't compare the two. This was just...sad, but strangely life affirming.

Quick Overview:(I doubt anyone really needs this, but...) An asteroid has hit the moon and knocked it closer to the earth and therefore making everything go out of wack, causing disasters and extreme climate changes all over the world. Alex Morales lives in New York City. He's a hard-working Puerto Rican seve...more
Valerie
I could enjoy this book better than the first one for various reasons. I was more prepared for the whole concept of getting from bad to worse to devastating. Alex was a more selfless protagonist than Miranda even though he isn't perfect -not by far. And lastly, I got to see more interaction with different people. In Life As We Know It, Miranda sees people once in a while but Alex can't help but see people (dead or alive) when he walks to school or does his rounds.

Alex struggles to keep his sist...more
Divya
This book was terrible! I hated all the characters! They were like cardboard. The information we got on Alex:Alex was a wonderful student, yay for him, and he hit his sister once. Oh and he wants to be a priest. His feelings are so boring, apparently it's hard to show, not tell. And Julie? Yeah, I hated her. Thanks to Alex, she was a whiny sister. Really? I couldn't bring myself to like Alex at all. He seemed to not care for anything. And it was like the entire book was all about finding Mama an...more
Kristy
As most of you know, I love, love, loved Life As We Knew It , so naturally, I had to get my hands #2 of the series (And, I am so glad I went ahead and got #3 as well).

This one, as it's title suggests, is more morbid than it's predesessor. There were times I just wanted to cry/throw-up/hug Alex. The whole Body Search Scene at Yankee Stadium is a book scene I will never forget. It was so horrifyingly real along with the sister-in-the-elevator scene. Depressing. But, this author's writing style se...more
Karen Ball
This was PHENOMENAL! I couldn't put it down today. Susan Beth Pfeffer's taken her original sci-fi story of Life As We Knew It, where the moon has been knocked into orbit closer to Earth due to a massive asteroid strike and the consequences on Earth are devastating (tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, massive climate change and disruption to human life), and shown us the same story with a different setting and characters. Instead of a small family in rural Pennsylvania attempting to survive this catast...more
jo mo
Where should I start? The story or the characters?

Alex Morales was unbearable. (You hear me Mrs Pfeffer?) Did he look after his sisters? Maybe. He was the one who brought in the food through the help of one of his school's colleagues (& later on friend) Kevin. In a time where money wasn't worth much, they both switched to bartering. But ... even if he did look after his sisters, - they looked after him as well.

Is it any wonder I don't like him? No? Allow me to explain: He must have thought h...more
Todd
So, I don't write reviews very much but I feel compelled to write about this book.

This was the worst book I've ever read. So much talk of religion that it was a struggle to keep reading. I don't mind talk of religion in books, I've ready many books on the subject but this was ridiculous. Every two seconds it was pray about this, god will help us, some saint will help us, etc. It was just too much and it felt like the author couldn't write a good story so she filled it with crap to make it into a...more
Heather
The Dead and Gone had two strikes against it before I even began reading. Strike one, I had already read about the events in this book in Life as We Knew It, which focuses on the same astrological events and how they effected those living in the Upper Mid-Eastern part of the country. Strike two was the fact that this book is narrated by a teenage boy, which as a 24 year old female, is hard to relate to. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book immensely.

Alex Morales is 17, living in NYC and on the trac...more
Sara
Holy stinkin' cow! This book had me on the constant verge of a panic attack throughout the entire 308 pages! So, I don't do well with 'end of the world things,' and that is exactly what this book is about. However, it's an incredible read and has a quick-moving and captivating plot. I would recommend it to boys (especially) and girls over 14. [The author notes that the book is for 12+, but I think that some of the stuff in here would be too much for kids under 14. My 12 year old brother would st...more
Karin
Companion Novel to Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer. Release date: June 1, 2008

As is the problem in Life As We Knew It, the moon has been hit by a meteor and is knocked off of its axis. The moon is now closer to the Earth which sets off a chain reaction of natural disasters throughout the world. Alex Morales lives in New York City which is devastated right from the start. The Statue of Liberty has been wiped out and many people were washed out to sea by huge tidal waves caused because of the...more
Dan
:SPOILER ALERT:

This book paled in comparison to the first book in the series, "Life As We Knew It." That first book kept you on the edge of your seat and because it was told from the main character's point of view, it was even better.

I hesitated reading the second book because I had heard it was too similar to the first one. Well, it was and it wasn't. The second book was simply not as good because it replicated a lot of the same events from the first book, but the way it was told was boring, sl...more
Lara
I absolutely loved the first book in this two-book series, Life as We Knew it.

This one wasn't quite as captivating to me, but still very engaging. I was interested to see a different perspective on the entire disaster, and how differently it affected New York City than it did the small town portrayed in the first book. Mainly because in the first book the family was so isolated that the entire ordeal was about just them. The rest of the world could have been dead for all they knew. This book sh...more
Hayden
If I had read this one first, I might have liked it better than Life As We Knew It. As it was, I was already hip to the premise: asteroid hits moon, knocking it into a closer orbit of earth and unleashing massive worldwide environmental devastation.

But unlike the first book, which was set in the burbs, this one is set in NYC, and told from the point of view of a Puerto Rican kid trying to look out for his two younger sisters in the absence (and likely deaths) of his parents and older brother. I...more
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Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948. 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...more
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