Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Dead and the Gone

Title: The Dead and the Gone
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Location: YA Pfeffer
Reading Level: Young Adult

The tidal waves took the lives of Alex Morales' parents. What caused the tidal waves is at the center of this companion novel to Life As We Knew It by the same author--an asteroid hits the moon. New York City is devastated by the immediate environmental impact and Alex finds that he must deal with difficult decisions to keep himself and his two younger sisters alive. It is a life and death decision on every other page. His focus is keeping them alive. No matter what it takes.

The Bottom Line:
Courage, strength, despair, and madness are all a part of Alex's life, but the book, though grim, is thoroughly realistic, heart-wrenching, and worth every moment of time you re-read the sections that catch you and haunt your thoughts.

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