The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the 2nd book of the series and I enjoyed it as much or more than the first. The book is written for Young Adults and is really interesting, so it is a very quick read. The series is about events that take place when the moon is struck by a comet and moved out of it's orbit and closer to the earth. The increased gravity of the moon changes the pattern of tides, produces tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The first book, 'Life As We Knew It' centered around a teenaged girl who lived in a small town. This one centers around Alex Morales, a 17 year old Puerto Rican boy who lives in New York City. His older brother is away with the Marines, and his parents both disappear in the aftermath. He is left alone with 2 younger sisters to take care of. The family is Catholic, with the kids enrolled in parochial schools. This plays a major role in the story. There are some pretty gruesome scenes in this book, and may not be for the squeamish, but they not out of place with the events that take place. Also, unlike the first book, not all of the main characters survive.
Although this is the 2nd book in the series, you do not need to read them in order. The first and second book are parallel stories, taking place at the same time, but in different locations. The characters do no cross over, so you do not get any background on them from reading the first book first. If you get a chance to read the first book, it goes into much greater detail about the effects of 'the event', and for me, that was nice to know, but it isn't necessary to know these things to enjoy the second book. In the third book, I'm told that some of the characters meet, so it would probably be a good idea to read the first two before moving onto the third.
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