the dead and the gone
Title: the dead and the gone
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
In this companion to Life As We Knew It, the events that take place after an asteroid hits the moon and sets off a chain of events from devastating climate changes are told through the experiences of seventeen-year-old Alex Morales as he deals with the horrors as they unfold in his New York City neighborhood.
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.