The Dead & The Gone, the reader gets the perspective of Alex Morales, a New York City teenager. If there was ever an argument for why it's better to be a country mouse, it is this novel.
I really liked learning about the post-disaster world that Susan Beth Pfeffer has created. While I thought that NYC was swept away in the first book, it makes sense that the news reports could be wrong. Alex faces situations that Miranda does not: the high population means that there are bodies everywhere, the danger of looters and people stealing from bodies, and coping without any adult figures (except a mean old priest!)
While I enjoyed The Dead & The Gone, I didn't love it the way I loved the first novel in the trilogy. Miranda's story was told in diary form, while Alex's story is in the third person, which distances the reader from his feelings. I also didn't enjoy the characters as much as Miranda's family. Alex seems like a good guy, but neither his ultra-religious sister Briana nor his whiny, spoiled sister Julie are likable. I kept wishing he would ditch them and find a safe place to go! Still, I know that my male students will enjoy this novel more than the first and everyone will be clamoring for the final installment in the series.
PS. It's Dystopian August!