This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)
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This World We Live In (The Last Survivors #3)

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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. O...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harcourt Children's Books
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karen

it's comin' to get ya!

so - this series is over, i reckon. and i'm not terribly sad to see it go. she had a golden shiny opportunity here, and she kinda blew it. you can't feel bad for her, it's like a celebrity sex scandal; the destruction was purely self-destruction.

this is why it could have been awesome:

the premise of this series is fantastic; it presents an opportunity for real scientific discussions of what the moon (if you believe in the moon) controls,and speculations on what would happen...more
Flannery
If you could hear me now, you'd be hearing a loud a dramatic *sigh*. I liked this series, and I kind of want to give this one two stars but...I can't. Reading this series is like eating french fries--even when it's not that great, it's still pretty good.


FROM THIS POINT ON, IT IS BASICALLY ONE LONG SPOILER. YOU WERE WARNED.

Now, we all know I wanted to murder Alex in the last book for not breaking down walls and stealing *&^% from other apartments. I believe other reviewers have mentioned the...more
Valerie
You really could read the description or blurb of the book and basically get the whole story. Of course you don't get the same feel of it and this book gives the same message as the first two. The description gives you most of the plot except for the big decision that Miranda has to make.

The whole book was put in Miranda's point of view and I was somewhat disappointed about that. Out of the other Last Survivor books I liked Alex's point of view better than Miranda's.

As for the relationship bet...more
Kris Irvin
Edit 5/2011: Apparently Pfeffer is hoping to publish a companion to this series ("The Shade of the Moon"), which will take a look at this world they live in 16 years after this book ends. This gives me a bit of hope. My hopes are dashed - there will be no 4th book.

If nothing else, Pfeffer's stories get you thinking. They force you to consider what you would do if you were in her characters' shoes - would you have stockpiled food up in case of an emergency? Or would you basically be at the merc...more
Jessica
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April
You ever read a book that makes you want to run to the grocery store and stock up on batteries, canned food, and eye the moon with suspiscion? No? Well, friends, I think you need to check out the Moon trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The first book, Life As We Knew It, set my heart racing, as I read about Miranda's seemingly ordinary life, and the mundane things she struggled with when her life changes after an asteroid hits the moon, thus knocking it out of orbit. I never got around to reading th...more
Michelle
I have been looking forward to reading This World We Live In, the third book in Susan Beth Pfeffer's Moon trilogy, for what seems like ages. After tearing through Life As We Knew It I spent countless late nights up with a newborn agonizing over what I would do in such a catastrophic situation. Due to Miranda's spell-binding account, the hubby and I often spent hours mentally counting canned foods, organizing medications, and obsessing over ways to cook without electricity. Not often does a book...more
Gemma
(Make disgusted noise in the back of throat)

Proof that even interesting, deep sounding scifi can be turned into fluff. No, not fluff. I generally enjoy fluff, even though I rarely find it satisfying.

This is more like trash.

NOTHING happened, except A LOT of whining, random acts of 'passion' (Alex: I hate you. Miranda: I hate you too. ), and breaking into houses, which is why this book gets two stars intead of one. Because let's face it. Deep down in each of us, there's a part that madly wants to...more
Kelly
Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Miranda's voice is so compelling, and my need to know what happened just kept me turning pages. There is heartbreak here, more so than in Life As We Knew It. I paused at one point to mourn, and now at the end I am just weeping quietly. I can't decide if this is four or five stars, but at the moment, I loved it even while the story broke my heart.

Susan Beth Pfeffer stays true to Miranda's character. At times I wanted to shake her, but her honesty, her desi...more
Lisa Vegan
May 03, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the first two books in the trilogy
Now, I kind of wish she’d written about a third set of people who’d gone through this disaster (which was a consideration at one point, according to the author) rather than continue the stories of characters from Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone. Before reading this, I did want to know what had happened with everyone. Now that I’ve finished this book, I’m curious about what happens with everyone who still survives. It’s very frustrating.

For me, this was not quite as riveting as the f...more
Breanne
This was really disappointing. All the wonderful progress Miranda's character went through in the first book is completely gone here. Matt is completely different as well, he is such an admirable character in the first book, and he changes into a whiny selfish brat here. Not only are the characters lacking, but the plot and the setting are disappointingly low on detail and quality. I think a lot of people read these books to experience the cool apocalyptic setting and events, but it's so much in...more
Arlene
This World We Live In is the third and hopefully the final installment of The Last Survivors. This story continues with Miranda journaling her life a year after a meteor collides with the moon, shifting its position, and causing catastrophic events on Earth.

Nothing hopeful happens in this book; it's all about death, destruction, hunger, suffering, depression and the daunting reality of what could happen if a single event (so out of our control) occurs and suddenly changes life as we know it. I...more
Kristy
It's the end of the world as we know it, it's the end of the world as we know it, it's the end of the world as we know it........... and I feel fine.

Well, I have to admit I liked this one much better than The Dead and the Gone. I know I am in the minority with this, but I feel like this one got some of the magic back. I picked this book up and you couldn't have gotten it out my hands today.... even to go to the beach (ask my hubs). Seriously, this one hooked me in. I am also in the minority with...more
Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
So you already know Miranda from Life As We Knew It and Alex from The Dead and the Gone and now you have a mashup of the two in This World We Live In, told to us again through entries in Miranda's diary.

I have issues with this last installment of the trilogy. I like both these kids, so I was glad they were back for more, and together this time. While Miranda continues to act like a typical 17-year old, whiny one moment, mature the next, Alex seemed like a different person. He either developed a...more
Book Concierge
Book three is the Last Survivors series takes us back to Howell, Pennsylvania. It’s been a year since an asteroid knocked the moon out of its orbit and closer to the earth. Miranda Evans, her mother and two brothers have managed to survive, but most of the townspeople have left and food is increasingly scarce. A tentative Spring brings new hope, at least until Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a new baby, and three strangers in tow.

This was really a major disappointment. Miranda has b...more
The Loft
May 27

It’s May 27, just nine days after May 18. If you’ve read my diary (Life As We Knew It), you know what that means. Exactly one year and nine days ago, life as I had known it was gone forever. On that fateful evening, an asteroid sucker-punched the moon with such force that it must have doubly and triply smashed in the already-smashed-in craters. The moon is now closer to me on this earth, and I honestly don’t know how bad off the craters are, but this I know — this one cataclysmic event wre...more
Brian Rheinhardt
I'm almost finished this one, the third book in Pfeffer's "oh crap the moon was hit be a meteor and moved closer to the Earth causing complete havoc" series. This diary-style YA book has the female protagonist from book 1 (Miranda) meeting the male protagonist in book 2 (Alex). The female is back to telling the story.

My criticisms of book 1 arise again in this book. Most of this story could be summarized with "We're hungry and bored. Will we have enough food to survive?" Although realistic consi...more
Cecilia Solis-sublette
The third in the trilogy, I felt this final chapter was well-done and brings closure to the series - in a post-apocalyptic way. I had mentioned in my last review that a miraculous ending would only serve to insult the young adult audience. Well, Pfeffer seemed to understand that and ended the book on adult terms - which I think is good for the adolscent audience it was written for; heck, it's good for any audience because it was believable. The characters each found a natural conclusion - accord...more
khcpl teen scene
My expectations were VERY high when I went to read this book. I truly loved the first book in this series, which centered around a girl named Miranda and her family dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster involving a meteor hitting the moon. I liked the second book as well, which was about a young man named Alex and his family dealing with the same situation. In this book, the two families meet and form relationships. Miranda and Alex end up liking each other as well.


While I really lik...more
Beth G.
I kind of wish I hadn't read the jacket flap on this one, since it gives away THE ENTIRE PLOT. Sheesh.

This is the third book set in Pfeffer's version of the future United States, after an asteroid knocks the moon into a lower orbit, causing all kinds of disasters down on Earth. Both the Evans and Morales families appear in this volume, as their paths finally cross.

Miranda is refreshingly believable as a teen trying to survive in this post-apocalyptic scenario. She reflects on big issues and tiny...more
Krystle
This series started out so awesomely but got progressively worse as the series went on. Thankfully this novel is better than the second one but nowhere near the brilliance that the first book was.

Miranda is a lot tolerable than Alex was. While still a touch bratty and whiny, she’s sincere and would do anything in regards to the survival of her family. Alex is one scary mofo. He’s got some serious anger management problems. It’s constantly commented on how she was afraid he was going to hit her o...more
Kate
Like the previous novels, This World We Live In is an emotional powerhouse. Gone are the events of the catastrophe. All that is left now are the few remaining pieces of humanity. Miranda and her family have survived the first year after the moon was struck by an asteroid. They have survived the floods, volcanoes, the hunger. Now all they can do is take each day one step at a time.

This World We Live In touches the reader deep in their soul. The novel is raw, gritty, and like exposing an open woun...more
Bree T
**Spoilers for Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone**

In This World We Live In, we’re back with Miranda and her diary. It’s almost a year since the day the meteor hit the Moon and Miranda and her family are still struggling by. They are still receiving a bag of food for each member every Monday and it’s enough to get them though if they’re careful. In May though, they stop delivering the food and someone must trek into town each week to pick it up. Matt, Miranda’s older brother has the id...more
Megan
Easily the greatest disappointment of my life, up there above Mockingjay. With the first came an awesome story that left the audience excited for more, but much to be desired and improved upon; with the second came an absolutely breathtaking knockout of a book, with a notably incredible main character. With this third one comes the unholy offspring of the two previous books together.

It was sloppy. It was unrealistic. It was stupid.

EVERYTHING I loved about the previous two was gone in this one. E...more
Shaun Duke
The third book in Susan Beth Pfeffer's series of young adult post-disaster novels, This World We Live In attempts the daunting task of bringing together characters from the previous books (Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone). At that task, it succeeds with flying colors and provides another character-driven novel in world gone horribly wrong.

Miranda and her family have survived the worst after the moon was knocked into a closer orbit around the Earth by a meteor, but they're not out of...more
Jessica
This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer was heartbreaking. I had read Life as We Knew It and enjoyed it, but Pfeffer's third novel takes the post-meteor world to a completely different level. I couldn't put this down, it was unpredictable and exciting.

The novel starts out much the same as it left off in Life as We Knew It. We meet Miranda, Matt, Jon, and their mom again fighting to have food on the table every day, raiding houses for simple things like shampoo and toilet paper, and hoping th...more
Megan
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Noreen
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Luann
I'm glad I read this, but it didn't leave me feeling very happy. It's all so very bleak! I kept thinking, "The sun is NEVER going to come back?" If that's the case, we need a fourth book telling the story of a group of survivors leaving Earth on a rocketship seeking a brand new planet!

I did like that Susan Beth Pfeffer returned to the diary format for this book, although I kept thinking, "No one records this much actual conversation in their diary!" I also liked the sneaky way she caught us up o...more
Nikki
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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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