Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Dead and The Gone

When the moon got knocked closer to Earth in Life As We Knew It, Miranda and her Pennsylvanian family manage to survive as the world collapses around them. In the companion novel, 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!

1 comment:

  1. I think you might have to enter your link again! I got a "page is not found" error. Thanks for joining in Dystopian August.

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