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The Shade of the Moon (Last Survivors #4)

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,762 Ratings  ·  907 Reviews
The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever.

It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a s
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Brittany I read the Author's Notes because I was intrigued to see what she had to say. She said she didn't know, but that this one was written because someone…moreI read the Author's Notes because I was intrigued to see what she had to say. She said she didn't know, but that this one was written because someone had asked if there would be a fourth one. So there is a possibility that she will write another one. (less)
Crystal Hm, not really, but that may be because I tend to read violent books. I actually don't think it was exciting enough.
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Fuck this book. No, seriously, fuck this book. If I could give this book a 0, I would. One star, according to Goodreads, means "did not like it." That is a fucking understatement of how much I regret reading it. This book never should have been written; at least then my memory of this series, which started off so wonderfully, would have been left at a permanent state of "mildly disappointed" at the end of book 3, instead of "full on rage and helpless fury" after finishing this one.

My sister is a
so this book takes place a whopping 4 years after the moon got all close to the earth and started messing things up for everyone. 4 years.

apparently, in the world this book lives in, four years is long enough for everyone to lose their freaking minds and forget how to be human beings. we have entered a bizarre us-v-them realm. some of our friends from the previous books have managed to land themselves in an enclave - a sheltered place for "important" people, like doctors and engineers and suchli
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Let me preface this review by saying this: I’ve read three books about the apocalypse this week. One is set hundreds of years after an asteroid annihilates Earth (Starglass by Phoebe North), one is set six months before an extinction-event sized asteroid hits earth (The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters), and, finally, this one, set four years after an asteroid has crashed into the moon, changing it’s orbit such that it is much closer to the Earth. One
Jan 15, 2013 Grace marked it as to-read
I haven't read This World We Live In but when I saw this...




I thought this was only going to be a trilogy! It's a series!

There's another!!!

It's so beautiful!


Sally Moen
Let me preface this by saying that I couldn't finish this book. I made it about halfway through before I couldn't stand it any more. If I owned the book, I would have burned it. That's how furious it made me. I had to stop before I gave myself a heart attack from the constant rage.

Set two years after the third book in Pfeffer's series, baby of the family, Jon, is now 17 and living in an Enclave. His family (including previous protagonist Miranda) lives in White Birch, a destitute town outside of
Aug 16, 2013 Angela rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
In the author's note at the conclusion of the book, Pfeffer admits that this wasn't her first pass at a fourth novel in her "Last Survivors" series:

I wrote an entire fourth book and sent it off.... Everyone at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt read it. And although they never actually said so, they hated it.

This was the better of the efforts?

What started out as a unique and utterly engrossing series has ended not with a whimper, but a whine. Pfeffer turns the narrative over to Jon - who uses this spotl
Jan 10, 2014 Alicia rated it did not like it
I hated almost every character in this book; the narrator is a rapist and I spent the whole book looking forward to any struggles or misery that came his way. The first three books in the series are infinitely better than this one.

If you've read them, just know that this one ends happily for almost everyone and skip it. Fill in the blanks for yourself and skip it.
Jan 02, 2013 Jessica marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013
WTH!!!!!!! ANOTHER ONE!!! The last one was bad enough! It was certainly depressing and I thought nothing was going to ever get better! The poor people of the book. Now we get to see all of them die. I will not be reading this book...

Oh, who am I kidding, I'm so reading this book. But I'm not buying it until I'm certain it's better than that train-wreak that was book three.

Please, no whiny people this time though. I whine enough in real life, and I know a lot of people who whine more than myself.
Sep 03, 2013 Julia rated it did not like it
I don't think I have ever been as disappointed as I have today in a book that could've been so much better. This book was bad. I mean, it was really bad compared to all of Pfeffer's other novels within the series. Half of the time I was reading, half of my mind was still trying to figure out how things got this chaotic within the span of two years. I guess people just simply learn to stop being people when they group together with other people...Most of Pfeffer's explanations as to what was goi ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Mizuki rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-guess-not
Wait a second, there will be a fourth book!?

I didn't know that...and I'm worry how things will go in this book 4. I fear for the worst.

Edited: 15/08/2013

Today I read this review (, and I have decided I will avoid this book like plague.

My thoughts after finished reading this book:

I don't really want to write a review for this book, it's an easy read and some of the details are good but there're so many things gone wrong in the text, so many things that hu
May 23, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it really liked it
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Eureca Laurice
Mar 10, 2014 Eureca Laurice rated it did not like it
The ending doesn't justify on how hateful I felt through out this book. First 85% and it was a series of questions: how, what, why the fuck that happened. Plot holes, failures on scientific explanations, vague settings, poor world buildings and lets not leave that insta-love. I have more complaints than I like this book.

This book is surreal stupid that the series started off with a good premise. It was more of it set its own standard and that is why for 1 star.

Here's my unpopular list of why I
August 31, 2013
A "not for me" 2 star rating.

About 6 years ago, I read Life As We Knew It, and it was my first taste of dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature. I loved it. I was sucked into the story, and that freshman year in high school, I must have read it about ten times.

Getting older, taking more English classes, getting better at interpreting things and learning about character development, all that good stuff, I realized that there were a lot of things about the book that I didn't like. B
Jan 17, 2013 Veronika marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
Randomly got on Goodreads today to look at my list of books to buy and I find THIS!!!!!!!!!!

....and did I mention how amazing the cover looks!? It's beautiful! Definitely the best cover of the series that I have seen so far!
Angela Sunshine
Dec 31, 2012 Angela Sunshine rated it it was ok

What, a fourth book?! I'm so excited. I actually emailed the author a couple years ago when I finished the series (or so I thought) and begged for more. She said it was very unlikely. I'm so glad she changed her mind!

Update 8/27/13:
Amy Sturgis
As a fan of the other three books in Susan Beth Pfeffer's The Last Survivors post-apocalyptic/dystopian young adult series, I'm sorry to say that this novel provided a most unsatisfying end.

This review could easily run away with me, so I'll limit myself to what I see as the two biggest problems of the novel.

First, the premise. I honestly don't know why this wasn't a standalone novel. It makes no sense in the context of the earlier three books. It's set only four years -- four years -- after the
Jul 06, 2013 Melissapalmer404 rated it it was amazing
Book #57 Read in 2013
The Shade of the Moon (YA) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This is the fourth book in the series that began with the book Life as We Knew It. I loved the first two books in this series and the third one was good. I did not know until recently that a fourth book was coming out, so when I had a chance to grab it to review, I had to get a copy.

In this book, two years have passed since book 3. Jon is living with his stepmother Lisa and his half brother Gabe in a better town than White Birc
Andrew Hicks
Nov 16, 2014 Andrew Hicks rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, dystopian
I remember reading that, after Life as We Knew It came out, author Susan Beth Pfeffer went to her editor and was like, "How about a sequel?"

And the editor was like, "Not so much."

And then Pfeffer came back to her editor and was like, "How about a new set of characters reacting to the same series of events in a new setting?"

And the editor was like, "Well, technically, I guess that's not a sequel, so okay."

Then THAT book was a success, and Pfeffer came back to her editor and was like, "NOW h
Hugo Young
I decided to read this book because I read the first 3 in intermediate and when I heard this had come out I had to read it.I liked this book because the first three books were very in depth and made you feel for and connect to the characters and this book was not a let down in that respect like a lot of sequels are. I learned a lot not just in this boom but in all 4 books, this series makes you think about what would happen if there was a terrible disaster that affected the whole world and this ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Aug 24, 2013 Rashika (is tired) marked it as did-not-finish
I cannot.
I just really cannot.
This makes it two books in a row.
How can I when I am so sure it'll ruin the previous books for me.
I cannot do that to my younger self.
Keely *Keelskilo*
Nov 07, 2014 Keely *Keelskilo* rated it did not like it
There are many problems with this book.

First and foremost, it doesn't actually feel like a REAL BOOK.

It doesn't read like one, it's awkward and underdeveloped, and feels like a fan-fiction continuation of the first two books (I did not actually read the third book so I can't comment on that one.)

There was an incredible amount of detail and development to the characters in books one and two, and we watched the complications of survival. Now everything seemed superficial and streamlined. Every p
Anne Osterlund
Apr 14, 2014 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Jon is a slip. He slipped into an exclusive community using a pass. Being a slip isn’t as good as being a claver, one of the people specifically chosen for an enclave due to special skills or powerful connections. But it’s a heck of a lot better than being a grub, a common worker not even allowed to live within the boundaries of the enclave.

Being a slip, though, can be tricky. Jon can’t afford to offend the clavers, which often means proving his superiority over the grubs. But his mother, his si
Sep 13, 2013 Jan rated it did not like it
I would give this book a negative one if Goodreads would let me. I couldn't even finish it!

The family (what's left of it) has walked away from Pennsylvania to live closer to a safe town. After what they have all been through, in the less than five years they've lived here, they now accept a caste system that exists in the community. Jon (the youngest in the family, but not so young that he could forget what they all went through together) is now a soccer star and one of the elite in town. The re
Aug 24, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, arc
When I heard that there was going to be a fourth book to the Last Survivors series I was excited and worried at the same time. I really liked the first book, not so much the second book, and well the third was a bit of a mess, but I thought well maybe the author will redeem herself. I love the concept of the series, but the execution was lacking.

Jon is Miranda's younger brother. I didn't like Jon in the first or third book. I thought he was lazy and entitled. He never appreciated the sacrifices
Nov 12, 2013 Trisha rated it it was ok
This was a difficult read.

I really liked book 1. I read it quite a while ago and, although I found Miranda to be annoying, she grew so much in that book that I grew to like it. I also really loved the idea of what would happen if the moon was knocked out of alignment.

I, also, loved the mom and how she handled everything. I've loved Laura in all the first three books. Her heart is so big, she is amazing with her children. I'm not saying she's always right, she's done a lot of things wrong, but -
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
Well, this was a "maybe" that I was more than likely going to read, because series. But now that has become a resounding fuck no. I already had a tenuous relationship with this series. The third book messed it up enough. This utterly decimates it. This shit right here is a good part of why I so dislike YA. And I read so few and this still happens.
Apr 22, 2016 Kristy rated it liked it
how did i miss that there was a 4th book?!?!?!?!? I thought the 3rd was the last!!!!

Must get hands on this asap!!!


Dang! I obviously had high hopes, but this fell flat! I felt like I was almost reading a completely different series at times. The last 50 or so pages everything came together, but it was a bit too late in the game.

Meh. I am so bummed!
Jan 01, 2014 Bree rated it did not like it
I find it hard to put my disappointment with this book into words. Not only was following Jon a bad decision (as he was always the least interesting character), but this book made him a distinctly hate-able person. Although the ending aims for the idea of redemption, the amount of terrible things that Jon has done, attempted, thought, and said aloud is so overwhelming that I don't see how he could ever claim redemption.

The other characters suffer not only from having lost their original voices
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Aug 05, 2013 Corey rated it it was ok
I love a good YA novel and for whatever reason, Life as We Knew It really grabbed me when I read it. It was such an interesting synopsis and I don't know why but novels like this really grab me. It was a perfect balance of young enough for teens but gripping enough for adults to enjoy as well. It's sequel with Alex (The Dead and The Gone) was also good, although it didn't grab me as much as the first but I think that is partly due to already knowing what was in store environment wise. The third ...more
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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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Last Survivors (4 books)
  • Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
  • The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
  • This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)

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