Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Dead and the Gone

The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
The Dead and the Gone

Nobody's going to nominate this book for a Pulitzer (or a Newbery), but like the first book in this series, I had a hard time putting this one down. It's a car crash book, where things just keep getting worse, and you can't look away. Though the first one wasn't literary genius, I kept remembering it, and I knew there was a sequel, so when we started preparing for "Hurricane" Irene, I decided it was time to pick it up.

This book is concurrent with Life as We Knew It, so it starts when the moon is hit by an asteroid, moving it closer to the earth and causing natural and other disasters. This time we're following Alex, a Puerto Rican boy in New York, and his family. When the book starts, his parents are already missing, and he becomes responsible for his two younger sisters. As the book progresses, he has to make decisions about their welfare, and obviously, he ends up regretting some of them.

The Dead and the Gone fits the same formula as Life as We Knew It, with the same gradually worsening conditions, and the same kind of teenager coming-of-age-in-a-time-of-emergency plot, and the same contrast of hope and despair. I've put a hold on the third book in the series.

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