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The Dead and the Gone

(Last Survivors #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  35,510 ratings  ·  3,332 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 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 Mo ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya, the-end
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
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
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
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Last Survivors series continues with Book 2 -- The Dead and The Gone. An asteroid strikes the moon, knocking it closer to Earth. Devastating climate changes and natural disasters immediately strike, ending modern society and starting humanity's downward spiral towards possible extinction. Alex Morales lives in New York City with his family. One day they are a happy, large Puerto Rican family....and the next Alex finds himself trying to survive with his two younger sisters. Alone. In a city f ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
I didn't like the characters as much as the first book (this is a companion novel following a new family of survivors), but I did appreciate that the author showed us this same event from such a different perspective and setting. I enjoyed seeing how a huge city like New York would be affected by these natural disasters.

The main character, Alex, hits or thinks about hitting his younger sister sometimes, which was difficult to reconcile with my wish to root for him. There was a lot of sexism and
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
Oct 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was really hard work to finish this book! I have loved the first volume but in this it felt like even the author couldn't really get into character. :-/

Naturally, it didn't help that the characters had medieval worldviews including their opinion about what was "women's work" and what was the definition and job of a man!
Moreover, the religious fanaticism (I have no other word for it) was excrutiatingly painful. I've read books about religious people before and although I myself am an atheist,
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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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)
Colleen Venable
Feb 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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
Oct 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-btr
Not as good as the first book, but a nice sequel that continues narrating how the moon being knocked out of orbit affects people in New YOrk now .
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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,
Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010-read
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
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
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just as terrifying and heartbreaking as the first in the series.




If you think most apocalyptic YA books are too violent, then this is the series for you. These books are even okay for the younger set. Especially, if you like religion or religious characters in your books. For me, personally, this is too glossed over, too religious and overall not very real
Yulia K
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
More like 4,5* but closer to 4.
I felt like something was missing. Maybe because is the sequel many things were just thrown in there. Overall I really liked it but it was one of the saddest books I've read.
The characters all have to grow up so fast and this time there wasn't a mother to tell them what to do and do all the planning. But they survived.
And New York ... I love this city and I knew exactly where all the streets from the book are. It was kinda weird to see this city in position like
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
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
Aug 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, ebook
Ugh, this should have been a DNF, but I didn't want to skip this and go onto #3 in the series just in case there was some context I missed out on, or characters from this book that show up later. But god, it was awful. The third person POV just didn't work -- there was literally NO EMOTION the whole way through -- and the storyline (asteroid hits the moon, world thrown into chaos) was pretty much identical to Life As We Knew It. What was the point of going from the beginning again? As a reader, ...more
Dave S.
Jun 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people with twisted minds who like sad endings and corpses.
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Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was sucked in to this story like a whirlwind. I loved it! I thought this book was better than the first one, "Life as We Knew It"...

This second book in the series takes place in New York City and involves a Puerto Rican family. The moon is knocked off its axis as in the first book and terrible things start to happen to the earth.

Its up to the oldest kid in the family to be the "man" of the house now. Mom and dad have not been heard from and no idea if and when they will return when the disas
Sioape Likio
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was good but It would be better if it had gunshots. The gun wasn't even useful in the story , and I'm glad Kevin died. N.Y is bad luck. I like how Alex took care of his sisters and bri has a strong faith.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The second in the series, we meet Alex and his sisters in NYC, who are coping after the apocalypse. After many unrealistic adventures, they make it out of the city and into the countryside. What are the odds that they will meet Miranda's family?
Brenda A
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
So I think I read a different book than all the other reviewers on here, because I was eternally irritated and pissed off at our protagonist. Alex is misogynistic, a bully to his sisters, and a little bit of an idiot despite supposedly being one of the best in his class.

Who doesn’t know how to boil water!?

He has a problem using keys to get into abandoned apartments and going into his parents room, but no qualms about going through dead bodies’ pockets?

He refuses to communicate with his sisters
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This sequel was just as good as the first book! I really love this series. The format and the writing just make the whole thing feel so real! Its a very scary book. At the same time, you just fall in love with these characters. Definitely recommend this one if you are a lover of Post Apocalyptic.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
3.5 stars.
This is the second book in the Last Survivor series and I wished that I had read the book descriptions beforehand a little more carefully because I would have skipped book 2 and read book 3 instead. This book deals with the same catastrophic event that the first book (Life As We Knew It) does, but it is told through the eyes of a teenage boy, Alex, in New York whereas the first book is about a teenage girl, Miranda, in Pennsylvania. The 2 books mirror each other in many ways. The third book cont ...more
Sheena at Hot Eats and Cool Reads

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
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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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