The Dead And The Gone

Posted: December 9, 2009 in Reviews
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Summary :

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 Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

My Review :

The Dead And The Gone scared me.. I am serious.It did. Life As We Knew It did that too but the proportion with which this book got me was higher.Set in a metropolitan it gave a sense of what might happen if this scenario arose in future. Apocalyptic novels were never my favorite genre but for this book I make an exception.

Susan Beth Pfeffer makes us realise how ill-equipped we are mentally and resource wise to handle a calamity of this proportion. It was difficult at times to read on. I must have stopped at least 15 times in the course of entire book because it was a painful. Miranda in the first book had similar issues but it was visited in a manner I thought kept us away from the real happenings. Focus was more on her thoughts,but here reality hits directly in the face.

Alex our protagonist is smart , he is resourceful but is that enough? Can he provide for his sisters when the moral values and ethics have gone off the face of earth .When people are plundering dead bodies for money and jewelery to get food in exchange. Can he survive in this world which doesn’t resemble even remotely to the world he remembers having lived in ?

Is that how we are going to survive if such a thing happens?

If you have read the first book then this is a must read for you..If you haven’t, then grab both the books and read them.

Highly Recommended

My Rating : 5 out of 5

  1. Veens says:

    I will read it, when I am in a position to handle this! I any way somedays have sleepless nights, I can’t be dreaming about this on those days right 🙂
    Great review though, this also goes to my wish list!

  2. Tricia says:

    You’ve convinced me that I should read this one!

  3. bermudaonion says:

    I can see why that scared you!

  4. sumanam says:

    It would be a nice read,horrific though, but I can handle it!

  5. divya says:

    nice review.. will add it to my YA challenge list….

  6. Nymeth says:

    Eep…even more scary than Life as We Knew It? I’m not sure if can handle that :S