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The Dead and the Gone | [Susan Beth Pfeffer]

The Dead and the Gone

Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated listeners 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 17-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales.
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Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated listeners 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 17-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.

©2008 Susan Beth Pfeffer; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    The narrator was acceptable. The story was pretty good, however grew a little tired of the excess Catholicism. Perhaps the author felt this was needed to build the main characters. The actions of the characters left that hollow if this was the case.

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    Kate 04-16-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead and the Gone to be better than the print version?

    I loved this book and I am working on getting it into my curriculum at my school


    What other book might you compare The Dead and the Gone to and why?

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth
    Others in the series (Life as we Knew it)
    The House of the Scorpion
    Hunger Games

    These are all books about a potential and dark future (different types of dystopian futures)


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wow, I can't think of a good one, but it is a great book and I think that the movie would be very powerful


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    Allison upstate NY 01-11-09
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    "Interesting companion to Life As We Knew It"

    The moon has been hit by an asteroid and is now orbiting closer to earth. This causes on-going tidal waves and volcanic eruptions which wreak havoc on the earth's environment. In Life As We Knew It we see the effect on a family living in a suburban community. In this book, Pfeffer shows us her vision of what would happen in New York City. Interesting, but long. The narrator has a very deep voice that reminds me of an undertaker - appropriate with all the death. There is a hopeful ending.

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