Monday, February 1, 2010

This World We Live In (The Last Survivors, Book 3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Release Date: April 1, 2010 from Harcourt Childrens' Books

Source: Won in contest


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.

I have to start by saying that this is one of my favorite series of all time. There's just something about these books that immediately captured not just my attention, but my heart as well. I think that something was Miranda. She's one of the most honest and raw characters in literature (YA or otherwise) today. She's completely average, flawed and human, and at times a little selfish, just like all the rest of us. However, unlike us, Miranda is faced with unspeakable horrors and loss. How she deals with the cards she's been dealt is the story that is truly at the heart of this series.

I know, I know, it's not all about Miranda, after all, book 2 is Alex' story, but Miranda's the character that sticks with me the most, even when reading someone else's tale. To see these two people come together and create an entirely new story was really wonderful. I think there was always that chance that bringing these two together from their vastly different worlds would've felt forced, but that in no way happens here. Pfeffer seamlessly blended the two stories together into what may be the most powerful book of the series.

My sister didn't even make it halfway through book 1. She felt like it was too sad, too depressing, but I feel just the opposite. I think these books are full of heart and hope. I like the idea that even in the darkest of times, people will find a way to carry on and create their own future.

The only thing I don't like about this book is that I believe it's the last time we'll enter this world. I'm hoping that Pfeffer wants to continue the story, because I definitely want to continue reading.

By the way, I just found out that Pfeffer will be accepting an award at the Spring Conference for MASL (Missouri Association of School Librarians), which I will be attending in April. I can't wait. It's so exciting to think that I'm going to get to me her. Woo hoo!!


  1. I love the cover of this one, and your review was brilliant! I can't wait to read this :)

  2. I loved the first and the companion novel so I really can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the great review!

  3. This book sounds great, I would love to
    read it, just got included to my
    wish list hehe. The cover looks very nice too!
    Thank you for your review, it was great!

  4. Loved the review. I loved Life As We Knew It and finished Dead And The Gone 2days back so your review of this book is all more relevant for me as I am still caught in Alex's world .:)

    Can't wait for the release of this book

  5. I absolutely LOVED the first book, "Life as we knew it." It was one of my favorite books of all time. I still haven't read the 2nd book just because I've been so busy, but I really want to read these 2 final books in the series. I highly recommend them to everyone and I hope they win awards!

  6. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Absolutely loved the first, but still need to read the second soon.

  7. This series sounds amazing, I really need to read it soon! Great review, and I'm glad it lived up to expectations. :)

  8. I'm really glad you enjoyed it - I also LOVE this series and can't wait to get my hands on this one! Thanks for the review:)

  9. Great review! I'll have to check out the first book!

  10. It's interesting how you and your sister have different takes. I've been hesitant about this series because I thought it would be too sad but you've given me a new perspective!

  11. I loved the first book in this series SO MUCH! But for some reason, I just couldn't really get into the next two. Both just felt a little flat, but there is no denying SBP knows how to craft a compelling story.

  12. LOL, I could just copy and paste the anonymous comment. The first book was SO wonderful. I read YA literature constantly and am a writer myself and that book has still stuck with me. Pfeffer is a highly underrated and exceptional novelist. I own the second novel but sadly have not been able to read it yet. I am ordering the third book now (you can buy it early from the book does not come out until next month, it's listed as in stock now) and am going to really enjoy reading these last two books.

    Thanks for your review!