The Dead and the Gone, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (24 October)

This is a companion to Life As We Knew It, a book I read a little while ago and absolutely loved. If you haven’t read that one, it’s okay, because this isn’t a sequel. If you haven’t read the first one, you won’t have the background on just exactly why the moon is closer to the earth, but as long as you know that it is (which, now you do!), you can follow along quite well.

The Dead and the Gone is the story of Alex Morales, a 17-year-old kid in New York City who, before the moon thing happens, is fighting his way to be number one in his class, though another student is staying annoyingly right ahead of him. However, after the moon thing happens, he is left with no idea what happened to his parents and two younger sisters to take care of. Things are a little easier for Alex than for Life‘s Miranda because he’s in New York City and the government’s not just going to ignore it, but he still has to worry about food and illness and keeping his faith alive in the face of tragedy. (Side note: those who were upset about the portrayal of Christians in Life will I think be much more pleased by the heavy Christian influence of the good kind in this novel.)

I thought that this book made a really interesting contrast to the first and also that it worked really well as a stand-alone novel, so I really recommend this to everyone. There’s a third one coming out in six months or so and I am really excited.

Rating: 10/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2008)

See also:
Just One More Page
Blogging for a Good Book

Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.

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