Book Review: This World We Live In

Book Review: This World We Live InThis World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Series: The Last Survivors #3
Published by Harcourt Children's Books on April 1st 2010
Pages: 239

May contain spoilers from previous novels. Read at your own risk.

It's been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth's climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce.

The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda's father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda's complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

Like the previous novels, This World We Live In is an emotional powerhouse. Gone are the events of the catastrophe. All that is left now are the few remaining pieces of humanity. Miranda and her family have survived the first year after the moon was struck by an asteroid. They have survived the floods, volcanoes, the hunger. Now all they can do is take each day one step at a time.

This World We Live In touches the reader deep in their soul. The novel is raw, gritty, and like exposing an open wound. Miranda's voice is a rarity. It is heartfelt, realistic, and at times brutally honest. There is something not only about her voice, but about this novel as a whole that sticks with you. You have an emotional connection to all of the characters, and it is almost as if you are transported into this world.

I absolutely adored very moment of this gut wrenching novel. You walk away from this series with a completely new perspective on life. An appreciation for everything around you. I only wish that Pfeffer had given me more closure, This is not a series that one expects a happy-ending for. However, not knowing what happens to the characters that I am so emotionally invested in bothers me. At this point, it is not clear if we are to see Miranda and her family again. But personally, I want more. I have to have that closure.

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4 responses to “Book Review: This World We Live In

  1. Wow, great review Kate! I agree you almost want to have closure to feel better at the end. You want to be soothed and you’re not. Pfeffer didn’y compromise on that and so you have to admire her. I’m going to miss scaring myself silly with this series.

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