The Dead And Gone – A Review

“37. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

When you think end of the world, do you think… BORING! No, I’m sure you don’t. Well, this apocolyptic beginning to a series (*eye roll*) is just that. You’ll read bits and pieces that have no climax and fall to the background of the story. You’ll read pages and pages about sitting around wondering when the food will run out. Even the end of the book is boring. The climax is just boring. I’m not rushing to read the rest of the series anytime soon. I’m not sure I could take it.”

That was my review of the first book in this series. I guess I got bored enough to continue on in the series.

I expected The Dead and Gone  to pick up where Life As We Knew It left off. It didn’t. Which was probably a very good thing. The Dead and Gone is a story of another family during the same apocalyptic event as the first book in the series. Different city. Different characters. Same end of the world. While the second in the trilogy was better than the first, it was still extremely boring. The world should end with a bang! Right? Well, not in these books. In these books they (SPOILER ALERT) starve and freeze to death. How exciting! (That last bit was in sarcastic font.)

Honestly, don’t waste your time with these books unless you’ve reached the end of all of apocalyptic fiction out there, then maybe read these. While, yes, this is probably the most realistic of apocalyptic tales, it isn’t the most exciting. The moon moves closer to the earth. Floods. Volcanos. Earthquakes. Colder than normal temperature. No food. Starving. Freezing to death. Everyone gets the flu.

Parental blurb since this is a young adult book- It’s pretty safe. No sex. No drugs. Mentions of legal alcohol use. No cursing. Nothing too graphic. People die, but it is the end of the world, so someone has to die, right?




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