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John GreenWhat makes The Dead and the Gone so riveting is its steadfast resistance to traditional ideas of hope in children's books—l;which is to say this is a dark and scary novel. But it is not without hope…the tension between faith and disaster keeps the story taut. Pfeffer subtly explores the complexity of believing in an omnipotent God in the wake of an event that, if it could have been prevented, surely would have been…the story's climax and resolution feel achingly right. Pfeffer subverts all our expectations of how redemption works in teenage fiction, as Alex learns to live, and have faith, in a world where radical unfairness is the norm.
—The New York Times