Series: The Last Survivors #4
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 13th 2013
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The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever.
It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?
One of my favorite series of all times, I was anticipating the latest installment of The Shade of the Moon. Taking place after the third book, Jon is the main character, the youngest of three siblings. Jon is seventeen and lucky enough to be a claver, privileged in his enclave and living with his stepmother and half brothers. The kids at school call him a "slip", meaning he slipped into the enclave on passes and live a great life, with purified air, playing soccer to keep up morale of the community. Jon is not happy though, constantly haunting by his past – the girl named Julie who he blames himself for letting die.
When Jon meets Sarah, he finds himself looking at the community around him in a different light. His sister is pregnant but has to live as a grub, working in the greenhouses and her husband Alex is a bus driver. His own mother lives as a grub, and is a teacher of grub students. Things only get worse when a riot breaks out at a soccer game against their own grubs. Jon finds his own life and the ones he loves in danger and the community suddenly is torn apart.
Full of loss and seeking redemption, Jon must figure out what he can do to save the rest of his family from the terrible life they are living. I love seeing how Jon grew in this novel, forcing him to face his past and his future. Sarah is a character I enjoyed and was flawed herself, wanting a better life for the grubs but taking advantage of her own prosperity at the same time.
Final Verdict: A great new adventure and story in a series that is truly harrowing and reveals the best and worst part of human nature. A must-read for lovers of post-apocalyptic novels.