Family: you can't live with 'em; you can't live without 'em. For Sophie and Josh, they have to live with family and without family every day of their lives. They have each other, sure, but their parents are, for the most part, M.I.A. And we get some other rather dysfunctional family relationships, too, like that of Scatty and her grandmother, or of the Morrigan and her sisters. Still, the bonds between Josh and Sophie, and between the Flamels stay strong, no matter what. What The Alchemyst tells us is that family is a choice. Josh and Sophie choose to stick together, and that's what keeps them alive. Here's hoping it stays that way.