I didn't want to say anything about it until I knew for sure that there really would be a review and that it really would be favorable. A week or so ago, I found out there really would be a review (to be published Nov. 9), and today I found out it really would be favorable.
Because of perfectly reasonable copyright restraints, I can't quote the entire section about d&g (we have to save something for the Times, after all). But here are some lovely quotes (I'm going to leave out the quibbly part, but it precedes the "But" in the review, in case you couldn't guess):
What makes “The Dead and the Gone” so riveting is its steadfast resistance to traditional ideas of hope in children’s books—which is to say this is a dark and scary novel... 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... But 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.
What a good day it has been (at least so far!).