Dead and Gone (Mike & Riel, #3) by Norah McClintockAlex is 17, a junior in high school, and living in New York City when the moon is hit by asteroid and knocked off its axis. His mom is called in to the hospital she works at to help deal with the emergency and his dad is in Mexico attending a funeral. Alex does not realize it at the time, but neither parent will return and he is left to care for his 2 younger sisters, Briana and Julie.
Where Life As We Knew It was a teenagers perspective of the catastrophe in a smaller, more rural area - The Dead and the Gone deals with a teenagers perspective in a large city. As the realization that everything has changed becomes evident, Alex decides to send Briana to the country to live and work at a convent. She will be helping with the farming, but she will also have food to eat everyday, which will mean the food supplies he has for himself and Julie will last longer.
Even with Briana gone, things are still tough. Alex becomes hardened to seeing dead bodies everywhere and soon is taking things off the bodies to trade for food. As the weather becomes uncharacteristically cooler, Julie and Alex continue to live alone and attend school in order to get the free food at lunch. They return home one day to find Briana home, suffering from asthma. She was sent home because she could no longer work outside. Now the food that was in short supply already just became more meager. How much longer can they survive like this?
My thoughts:This book also had an underlying theme of hope in a hopeless situation - and of a family growing closer together and overcoming adversity together. Alex already seemed to be somewhat mature and ready for responsibility. I think the real growth came from Julie though. She was the youngest and as all younger children tend to be, a little spoiled. Alex did not get along with her at all, so was happy for Brianas interference. It was hard for him to send Briana away because that meant he would have to deal with Julie alone. Julie quickly grows up though, and becomes a big help to Alex, hardly ever complaining and joining Alex in caring for Briana when she returns. I am looking forward to the next book The World We Live In to see where things will go from here.
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Book Review: Dead and Gone
Dead and Gone. Norah McClintock. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, ISBN pbk. Subject Headings: Murder - Juvenile fiction.
Enter keyword s to search for the articles,events,business listing and community content. You can use letters:a-z,A-Z and numbers Recently, I read a compelling novel, Dead and Gone. This novel acquaints its readers with the story of an acquitted murder case, a shallow grave, a retired police officer and old secrets that finally reveal themselves; and that is just the beginning. The story begins with a trouble d tenth-grader, Mike McGill. His life had been on a tragic path since his parents died in a car crash.
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