Pin on Free PDF,Ebook or Epub DownloadWith an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle. With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.
The Dead and the Gone Themes
One of the major themes in the novel is that of religious faith. The entire Morales family is religious and all the Morales children attend Catholic school. Based on their involvement with the church, it is a fair assumption their high level of faith has been passed to them from religious parents. This faith becomes not only a huge benefit to the family throughout the novel, but also a difficult thing to maintain in a difficult world. Alex uses his faith throughout the novel to get him through difficult times.
It is a story of faith, hope, desperation, and sacrifice that follows one family, the Morales, through their trials and tribulations. They are led through the chaos by Alex Morales, a seventeen-year-old young man who discovers through the novel that he is stronger than he realized, and that his faith, along with his family, can survive. Alex Morales is seventeen years old when the disaster happens and his mother and father are both gone at the time of the event and continue to be missing throughout the novel. Alex has two younger sisters, religious fourteen-year-old Briana, and spoiled twelve-year-old Julie, who become his wards. All three siblings are religious, but Briana takes her faith to a new level as she aspires to become a nun. Julie, on the other hand, begins the novel as a bratty child who cares little for others. Alex believes strongly in God, but struggles as his world continues to collapse around him.