Thursday, July 12, 2012

The World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Whew, I am blown away...for sure.  I cannot believe how great this series was and I am sad to see it finished.  I hope (crossing fingers) that this author set the last book up to lend itself to a new trilogy outlining how the family does after they move.

About the Author:

Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948. She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains. When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer. That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors. However, it wasn't until 1970 that her first book, Just Morgan, was published. She wrote it during her last semester at New York University; since then, she has been a full-time writer for young people.

For more on Susan Pfeffer, check out my last two reviews.

About the Book:

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 Thoughts:

As I mentioned earlier, this trilogy blew me away - I read all three books in just a few days and I absolutely couldn't put it down.  For young adults, these three books cover an issue becoming more and more prevalent in people's minds - disaster, and how they will prepare for it.

This author certainly has mastered her craft - she writes amazingly well and younger audiences will fall right into the suspense and adventure of these stories.  As an adult I found it thrilling finding out what would happen next and I was so invested in the characters that I really felt like I could feel their experiences, feel their heartbreak, and their fear.  When you feel like you truly experience something as you're reading it that is the mark of a successful piece of literature in my mind and these three novels do just that.

This was a fitting ending to Miranda and Alex's stories.  I loved how she wove their stories together because they are fantastic characters on their own so to see them come together and experience the situation was really neat.  The author leads right up to all of the characters being forced to leave and move on but everything is an uncertainty.  I hope it is not an uncertainty whether this author will continue their story - it would be a great companion set to this trilogy.

Book Rating: 5/5

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