Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Dead and Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer - ESSENTIAL

Pfeffer, Susan Beth The Dead and the Gone; Pages: 321; Publisher: Harcourt Inc.

Language: PG 13; Sexual Content: PG 13 (only one incident where a man grabs one of the sisters and takes her) Violence: PG 13;


What would you risk for food? What would you do? How would you survive? Alex's only worry is to get good grades to get into college, be senior class president, and to be a teenager. But when an asteroid hits the moon and makes it be closer to the earth it alters the climate, making everything go into chaos. He has no idea where his parents are or if they are even still alive, he and his two sisters stay in New York City fighting for food, safety, and righteousness. Things begin to get bad when the food supplies dwindle and people are dying on the very streets.

This book was completely astonishing. Full of drama, realization, mystery, and finding ways to survive. Alex would risk his life for his sisters and almost does. It makes you really think about what we as humans would do if something like this would happen because of how much it would change everything. Susan Beth Pfeffer's way of writing takes you way deep into the story and makes you feel like you are really there suffering along with Alex and his sisters. Such an amazing book.

(Can get descriptive of inhumanly things (trampling, rotting, stealing, etc.) only for the strong stomach and those who can handle it.). Student Reviewer: AN

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