Book Review: The Dead And The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Book 2 in The Last Survivors Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book wasn’t a sequel of the first book so much as the same events narrated from a totally different perspective, but I enjoyed it all the same. The characters also were a lot less privileged and more down-to-earth while the characters from the first book were whiny brats, which made this book much easier to read. I would honestly recommend reading this book before the first, since I think it does a better job of setting the apocalyptic world up.

Alex Morales is a high schooler in New York who lives with his parents and two sisters and whose biggest problem is being elected as senior class president during next school year. But when an asteroid crashes into the moon and his parents are stranded at work far away from home, it’s up to Alex to take care of his two sisters until the crisis ends– if the crisis ends.

When environmental disasters, diseases, and food shortages hit New York, many people start fleeing the city, but Alex and his sisters are determined to remain in hope that their parents return. Alex then has to resort to looting homes and stealing from dead bodies in order to barter for food for his sisters, but he struggles to reconcile this with this religious beliefs.

He eventually sends one of his sisters away to a nunnery that still has fresh food in hopes that she will be taken care of, but she is sent back in a few months after contracting adult onset asthma. With a sick sister and the flu sweeping through New York, Alex is desperate to get out of the state, no matter what the cost.

Will they survive?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Dead and the Gone

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