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The Dead and The Gone Paperback – January 18, 2010
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Last year I read Life As We Knew It by the same author of this wonderful book. You can find the review for that book here. I enjoyed Life As We Knew It so much that when I heard about there being a companion book I jumped with joy. Being a companion book also means you don't have to have read Life As We Knew It to know what is going on. The Dead & the Gone is a completely separate story.
The Dead & the Gone uses the same premise as Life As We Knew It, but takes place in a vastly different environment that creates some truly gruesome challenges for the main characters. Before we were in Pennsylvania away from large bodies of water, away from large cities, and away from practically all the major problems of an urban sprawl. The Dead & the Gone, however, is the exact opposite, taking place in New York City. An asteroid has struck the moon, pushing it into a closer orbit around the Earth and thrusting the Morales family into a grueling struggle for survival. With Alex's parents gone and presumed dead, he has to learn to take care of his younger sisters while keeping his faith in God. But New York City is not an easy place to live in when the electricity rarely works, fuel for stoves is in short supply, and a bitter winter caused by increased volcanic activity thrusts them into extreme cold, famine, and an epidemic.
Once again I feel that Susan has done a fantastic job bringing forward a truly powerful and realistic story about survival. The only thing SF about this story, again, is the impact on the moon, but the world we're presented is a modern world.
The strongest element in this companion novel is a religious element.Read more ›
Alex is a likable enough character. Over the course of the book, Alex is forced to make some hard decisions to care for his remaining family, and sometimes has to do grisly, horrific tasks simply to survive. Through it all, he relies on his devout catholicism to help him keep his strength and wits about him.
One aspect I found particularly jarring, especially in the beginning, is Alex's faith. In the first few chapters I felt I was reading a book on the benefits of catholicism; I don't care to be preached to, and this caused me to get into the book more slowly than I had in Life As We Knew It. Towards the middle of the book, though, the religious parts seemed to taper off, and the ones that were present were more in line with the story and less noticeable.
Of his two sisters, Bri is the calm, sweet one who tries to care for everyone, yet needs the most protection. Julie, the youngest, is the selfish, spoiled baby of the family. I found Julie's development over the course of the tragedy to be the most interesting - she starts out as a terror and trial to Alex, but slowly grows into his biggest ally, someone he can truly depend on.
I'm not sure what to expect of the third book in the series, This World We Live In. I will be reading it because I hate to leave a trilogy unfinished, and I think it will be interesting when the characters from the 1st and 2nd books meet.Read more ›
Americans have this naive, misplaced, idea that government is generally bad, and the importance of their own individualism. Most American post-apocalyptic fiction reflect this, having the government as either being destroyed immediately, or being incredible inept and making the crisis worse. The Dead and the Gone handles the collapse of society in a more realistic matter, a novelized version of the incredible British "Threads" film (1994).
Consider The Dead and the Gone a prequel and superior novel to "The Road". The Road was incredibly, unflinchingly, realistic, I have never read a book that conveyed such utter realistic hopelessness as The Road. The author was honest to the reader, and never tried to shelter the reader from the Man and the Boy's ultimate fate. But like many post-apocalyptic books, "The Road" was years after the disaster, and as movie critics complained, the Man and the Boy skirted cities so the reader never really truly saw the full hell this family and by extension, the world, went through. The Dead and the Gone vividly shows the death of the world.
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This book, like it's predecessor, is heart-wrenching and eye opening. It makes me thankful for all I have and reminds me of what's truly important. Read morePublished 28 days ago by angekaye513
I like this series, I do! Alas, this installment fell a bit flat for me, mainly due to the main character and the setting - two integral parts of any novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zippee
I liked this book better than the first one, even though it's much more depressing. I get so sucked into these books that I have to remind myself that they're not real.Published 2 months ago by aems
Read 2 in the series, so far. These books are strangely mesmerizing.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
A thrilling sequel to Life as We Knew it that will leave you wanting more after every chapter. Read more