The Dead and the Gone

the dead and gone

The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
This book is about how a teenage boy named Alex Morales and his younger sisters struggle to survive on a disaster stricken planet earth, after an asteroid knocked the moon out of its orbit, moving it closer to the earth throwing off the balance of the earth. This is the companion book to Life as We Knew It, but the main differences are that it takes place in New York City instead of rural Pennsylvania, and in this story the parents aren’t around and the the kids have to fend for themselves.  The book shows the drastic measures that humans will take to survive.

I liked the book because it was so intense and action-packed it made it almost impossible to put the book down. A crucial point in the book is when Alex sent his younger sister Bri off to become a nun because he knew she would be taken care of and in the long run they would all have a higher chance of survival.

I would rate this book a 8 out of 10 and not higher because it was kind of scary and depressing.  I would recommend this book to a reader who is into realistic fiction novels and a reader who is not easily scared.

Reviewed by Brian, class of 2010

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