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This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

March 31st, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Requested for review from NetGalley

Availability: In stores April 1, 2010

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

Susan Beth Pfeffer amazed me with a wonderful third book in the series.  Both of the first two books in the series totally left the readers hanging, wondering what happens to the characters in the book once the story was done.  Well, hold on to your seats because this story follows up on both Miranda and Alex almost a year after the moon was knocked out of it’s orbit.  As much as I would have liked that somehow miraculously things have gotten a lot better in a year sadly that is untrue.  Food is still scarce and people are still dying and yet there are still a few miracles that will surprise readers.

It was interesting to see Alex outside of his city environment and how he tries to cope with continuing to keep his younger sister safe.  The speed with which romantic relationships form in this book are at first disconcerting and yet when I really thought about it it’s not unreasonable considering what all these people have been through.  The desire they may all want for a little happiness probably intensifies feelings on all sides.  This book will definitely make you appreciate the little things in life.  Where as the first two books focused on the lack of food, water and sources of warmth you come to realize in this one how we takes things like toilet paper, toothpaste and shampoo for granted.  Honestly, a world without toilet paper?  Ugh.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers but yet again we are left wanting more to find out what happens to the characters after the end of the book.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

11 Responses

  1. Emily Ellsworth

    I’ve got this one from Netgalley, but I have to read the second book first. I better get on that…

  2. Suzy Levin

    This series sounds wonderful! And I just love the cover- it’s beautiful! Great review! I’m putting this on my TBR list!

  3. Carrie K.

    I’m really hoping she writes another book in this series.

  4. Book Junkie

    Hey Therel!

    I have an award for you on my blog:

    oxoxox, Brande

  5. Gale Laure

    I just love continuing sagas where you get more of the story and get to know the characters better. They become your friends.

  6. Lisette

    Gah! I need to begin reading this series, it sounds so good! Glad you liked it :)

  7. dsuzuki

    Thanks Book Junkie!
    This is such a great series and I am also hoping she will write another one.

  8. [email protected]

    I adored this series and loved that Pfeffer brought Miranda and Alex together in this one. It was sad and I am wondering if Pfeffer is done with these characters or if they she will give us another?

  9. Michelle

    I have to admit that book two in this series (which I still have to write a review for) wasn’t my favorite. As I mentioned on Amy’s blog I think book three was a step above but I was still not left walking away with a warm and fuzzy feeling of hope in this series. I know I’m not really supposed to feel that way but for some reason it was just a bit darker for me than I think it was for others.

  10. dsuzuki

    Jan-I heard this was the end of the series but the way the third one ended I wish she would write another one.
    Michelle-book 2 definitely was not my favorite. I still like book 1 the best most likely because as I said in my review of book 2 I was not a big fan of Alex.

  11. Lorielle

    I just ordered all three books in the series from Borders. I’ve heard that they are really good so I’m happy to see this review!

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