Book Reviews

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer




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.

My Review:

This is the third novel in the Life As We Knew It series. I absolutely loved the first novel, thought the second one was good (although I didn’t like Alex’s character nearly as much as Miranda’s) and think the third is okay. The first novel was dark, the second darker, and the third downright bleak. Even though I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much, I read the entire novel in one day since it was a an easy, quick read; although not much action occurs in it. I’ve read the first chapter of The Shade of the Moon which is the forth and final novel of the series and told from Miranda’s brother Jon’s perspective, and it’s different than the others. In fact, all of the novels are different from one another; as if  they aren’t part of a series. It’s very odd. Despite my ambivalence, I’d still recommend this novel to anyone who loved Life As We Knew It, in order to find out what happens to Miranda and her family.

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