The Dead and the Gone (The Last Survivors, Book 2)

Book 2 of 4 in the Life As We Knew It Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 5Z+4.382768
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.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on June 1, 2008 by Harcourt Children's Books
ISBN-10: 0152063110
ISBN-13: 9780152063115
3 Book Reviews
  • gold3nglare
    gold3nglareWednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:09 am55 stars
    The second book of the incredible award-wining Life As We Knew It Series. When a meteor hits the moon and send the moon closer to Earth, life as Alex Morales and his sisters once knew it is shattered. Food shortages are happening, people are disappearing, and Alex's parents go missing and don't return. Alex is left to take care of his hard-headed sisters by himself, and while they will go through some hard times, their bond as a family grows. I totally recommend this book, and they did a good job at making it not to sad so the reader can cope with the many deaths of some of the main characters.
    • colinm
      colinmFriday, May 15, 2015 at 7:14 am55 stars
      q got me into it and i luv it so far im on page 153 right now so trust me
      • ThomasTuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:15 am
        This novel was really good and was creative. Susan Beth Pfeffer has a distinct style of writing that make her books adictive. She writes at a nice pace, which is appropriate for the story. In this novel, we see New York City through the eyes of a new protagonist, Alex, which has overgone major changes since the moon moved. Alex is a seventeen year old boy who is a student at a Catholic school, along with his younger sisters. He is forced to adapt to the situation quickly and without warning. His world is changed completely. This novel is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone, but I thing that fans of her previous novels and fans of The Hunger Games would really enjoy this novel.