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The Dead and the Gone (Life As We Knew It #2)

The Dead and the Gone - Susan Beth Pfeffer I liked this book mariginally less than the first, but maybe it's because I already knew what climactic challenges would be popping up, and so there was a little bit less suspense? Either way, this was still pretty great: The same asteroid-moon collision as Life As We Knew It, only this time from the point of view of a 17 year old boy from New York City. I thought the implications of rural/urban advantages & disadvantages was really well thought out, as well as the very clear benefits to belonging to the upper class, as opposed to being one of the masses. Also, there was a really nice contrast between the portrayal of religion in the two books - from the selfish obsessive type of leader that was in LAWKI, to the variety of mostly positive, incredibly helpful priests that were found in this story - I'm interested to see if it comes up at all in the third book. Alex & his sisters' story was no less heartbreaking, but it seemed - maybe because of the setting - a much more active experience: there was not a lot of sitting and worrying - all of the worrying was done on the move & the story definitely benefited from that change. Great second book: now I'm ready for the worlds to collide in This World We Live In