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Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com
The companion novel, THE DEAD & THE GONE, follows the hardships of Alex and his sisters in New York City. The author paints a more gruesome side of life in this installment. One that stays with the reader long after the book is closed.
THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN brings the two stories together.
Once again, we see Miranda at home with her mother and two brothers as they continue to eke out a living. They find ways to deal with lack of food, poor air quality, cold temperatures, and no electricity. Even though they are doing okay now, Miranda knows it won't always be like this. The food deliveries might stop and then what would they do? Miranda's mother rejects any suggestion of leaving , but Miranda knows there will come a time when they'll have no choice.
Miranda's brothers leave for a fishing trip in an attempt to supplement the provisions they receive weekly from town. Matt and Jon bring back a lot more than fish. While fishing, they run into a band of travelers including Miranda's father, his new wife, Lisa, and their new baby, Gabriel. Also traveling with them is a man named Charlie and a brother and sister named Alex and Julie. As if that weren't enough, Matt meets a girl named Syl and claims her as his wife.
If supplies were dangerously low before, adding six more people to the mix made it downright frightening. Everyone struggled - with issues of privacy, issues of jealously, and issues of conscience.
THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN returns the reader to the first-person diary format of LIFE AS WE KNEW IT. Miranda documents her changing life as she talks about her growing family, her complicated feelings for Alex, and the grotesque discoveries that still seem to pop up even after a year. Their lives settle into a new routine until an unthinkable disaster rips through town. Miranda and her family are forced to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives if they want to survive in the world they live in now.
Susan Beth Pfeffer gives her readers what they've wanted. Personally, I'm very glad she went back to the first-person diary format. Even though there were times Miranda seemed at bit too whiny and I wanted to strangle Alex, I'm happy with the ending of the book.
If this series is new to you, please begin by reading LIFE AS WE KNEW IT followed by THE DEAD & THE GONE. You won't be able to understand the full impact of what these characters are going through in THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN without knowing a little about their backgrounds.
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The third installment of Pfeiffer's "The Last Survivors" series returns to Miranda and her family, who are continuing to survive...
The third installment of Pfeiffer's "The Last Survivors" series returns to Miranda and her family, who are continuing to survive in the world post-moon impact. They find new ways to survive, as Matt finds a wife and Miranda's father returns to their world - with some guests in Alex and Julie.
Miranda is once again the one communicating through her journal entries, a refreshing change from Alex's stiff third-person narrative in "the dead and the gone". However, the darker mood of "the dead and the gone" is continued in "The World as we Knew It". There are far more tragedies and shocks to Miranda's psyche in this novel. This is perhaps a more realistic view of the way things are in this dystopic reality.
The plot line is shaky and has an unlikely twist, without advancing the storyline very far from the original book. However, in Miranda's character there are signs of maturity and a true adaptation to her situation. Though the other characters demonstrate surface development, Miranda is the only one who seems to really develop and change. Alex, though the entirety of the second novel was devoted to him, was practically ignored.
Though the concept is interesting, it has become tired, without enough character or plot development to make this novel a strong addition to the first. If I hadn't been so curious to discover more about how Miranda is living, I wouldn't have bothered finishing it.
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Posted September 23, 2012
This book and the entire series for that matter, is one of the w
This book and the entire series for that matter, is one of the worst I have ever read.... There isn't much to the plot and the same thing happens every day. However, I would like to see something else by this author and see if it is better.
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Posted August 18, 2012
Disappointed! Review brought to you by OBS staff member Shae I
Disappointed! Review brought to you by OBS staff member Shae I was
very excited to get this book. After finishing it though, I am rather
disappointed. I have not read the second book, “The Dead and The Gone”,
but it wasn’t necessary because all 3 books can be stand alone novels.
The first book, “ Life As We Knew It”, is one of my all time favorite
books. It is Miranda’s story of her and her family’s survival during the
first year after a meteor hits the moon and changes the moons pull on
earth. It is in the form of Miranda’s diary entries. Book two is about a
teenager name Alex and his family’s survival that year, in New York. And
this book is again from Miranda’s diary entries, but her and Alex’s
stories intertwine. I waited impatiently on this book. I was left so
impacted from Life as We Knew It. However, in my opinion this book was
no where near as good. Do not get me wrong, it was not horrible. It kept
me interested enough to stick it out, but it did not compare to the
first. It starts out with the family, still sticking it out in their
home, but they are almost out of supplies. They start to scavenge, and
collect a few items that they need, but not much. The electricity starts
to come on every so often and they still get the food deliveries, though
they know that won’t last long. They know they can stay there for the
time being, but their mom seems to be in denial about ever leaving.
Miranda’s brothers leave and go fishing for a week, they decide to try
and get protein and they can try to get enough Shad to salt and store.
The boys return, the oldest one has gotten “married” while they were
gone. The things you hear about the wife are actually confusing, things
that would scare you about a person or look very badly upon her. I
thought she may do something very bad in the future. Her character seems
very deceiving. Just a few days after the boys get back the kid’s dad,
step-mom, baby brother, and a few tag-alongs show up at the door. So
life goes off balance again. The tag-alongs are a Alex and his little
sister Julie, and an older man named Charlie. Alex is Miranda’s age and
Julie is the younger brother Jon’s age. The first book was just
Miranda, her mother, and two brothers. It was mostly about the kids
arguing with their mom. The only interaction they had was each other.
All these new characters showing up is good, Miranda now has more people
to interact with and more relationships and dialog. You get bits and
pieces of back stories, but that is about it. Having so many extra
people in the house either brings out selfishness or their survival
instincts., there are many conflicts about having enough to go around.
One thing about the book that got to me is how the way this one is wrote
seems different. I am not sure if this was unintentional, or if Susan
was trying to show everyone has changed. The characters, the dialog, and
even the way Miranda thinks has changed. Someone is almost always
throwing a fit, or having a meltdown. Alex seemed to be a nutcase, and
hiding behind his religion. Miranda even seemed borderline psycho. See
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Posted January 12, 2012
Do not waste your money on this book!
Very disappointing... a brief 158 pages in which nothing happens. No character development, nothing new to add to the story... so what if Miranda and Alex kiss (woohoo.) It seems blatant that this was a story divided into a trilogy to separate readers from their money. If I can stop one person from buying this book I'd be happy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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