Life as we knew it is over...only the unlucky survive. At the moment the asteroid hits the moon, Alex Morales' young life changes. Forever. As freak weather engulfs the globe, New York is plunged into a nightmare from which many will never wake. With no food, no electricity, and no parents, Alex must keep himself and his sisters alive...whatever ...Read MoreLife as we knew it is over...only the unlucky survive. At the moment the asteroid hits the moon, Alex Morales' young life changes. Forever. As freak weather engulfs the globe, New York is plunged into a nightmare from which many will never wake. With no food, no electricity, and no parents, Alex must keep himself and his sisters alive...whatever the cost.Read Less
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Told from the viewpoint of a new character, The Dead and the Gone creates a refreshing and satisfying continuation of Susan Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It. As opposed to the first book, this one is set in a large city, and provides another side of the disaster with the moon...
Alex Morales will inspire you as he desperately works through loss and terror to protect the only people he has left: his sisters. His protectiveness of those he loves is admirable and his perseverance in catastrophe will have you falling in love with his character. A breathtaking tale of faith and courage, The Dead and the Gone is a definite must-read.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-05-19 As riveting as Life as We Knew It and even grittier, this companion novel returns to the premise of that previous book to show how New York City responds to the global disasters that ensue when an asteroid knocks the moon out of orbit. This time Pfeffer focuses on high school junior Alex Morales, whose parents go missing after the catastrophe. It's up to him to find a way to keep himself and his two younger sisters alive while the planet is rocked by famine, floods, freezing temperatures and widespread disease. Once again Pfeffer creates tension not only through her protagonist's day-to-day struggles but also through chilling moral dilemmas: whether to rob the dead, who to save during a food riot, how long to preserve the hope that his parents might return. She depicts death and destruction more graphically than before, making the horror of Alex's ordeal all the more real. Religion also plays a larger role. A devout Catholic, Alex finds his faith in God shaken, but he relies on the guidance, compassion and sacrifice of church leaders in order to stay alive. The powerful images and wrenching tragedies will haunt readers. Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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