Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)” as Want to Read:
This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

This World We Live In

(Last Survivors #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  29,674 ratings  ·  2,668 reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harcourt Children's Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about This World We Live In, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
K.E. (HowTheHoursGoBy) Depends. You get a lot more knowledge on Alex’s story, and you get where he’s coming from at certain moments of the book. To be honest, I hated it, bu…moreDepends. You get a lot more knowledge on Alex’s story, and you get where he’s coming from at certain moments of the book. To be honest, I hated it, but Miranda’s story is always good. Dead and the Gone wasted my time, but it’s not horrible in all aspects. Besides, some people DO like it.

Skip if you’re uninterested. I understand that you posted this two years ago, but it’s your call.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.80  · 
Rating details
 ·  29,674 ratings  ·  2,668 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya, the-end

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
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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.


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 sam
Trina (Between Chapters)
Ableist garbage.

A character becomes paralyzed after an accident and everyone starts talking about how death is preferable to living with a disability and the MC literally murders that character as a "mercy." Look, I understand the world but that's not a good argument for this happening. First of all, that decision was NOT the MC's to make. But moreso, why write this in at all? It only served to dehumanize people with disabilities. Just killing off the character would have been quicker and not in
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this 3rd book in the Last Survivors series, the two groups of survivors depicted in books 1 and 2 come together. Humanity faces possible extinction as natural disasters and climate changes hit Earth following an asteroid strike pushing the moon closer to the planet. It's been a year since the disaster. Very few people remain alive. This group of 10 survivors faces not only the daily fight for survival, but also their own emotions, weaknesses and fears. They must learn to live and work togethe ...more
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Kris Irvin
May 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: re-read, 2020
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
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing, yawn
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian, ya, 2010
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
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Quick review for a quick read. Good news is that I read this in one sitting and it was a very quick, easy read to move through despite it being a while since I picked up the series. Bad news? I think this book didn't hold up as well with me compared to the first two books. I always liked the theme for this particular series, and even the personal focus on its viewpoint characters. This book brings the POV back to Miranda and her family. I liked the first part of the book well enough, with Mirand ...more
Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010-read
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
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
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
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This definitely was a fast read , liked the conclusion but definitely looking forward to reading the next one .
Jun 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
"Christ has blessed us," Alex said.
"Yes, He has," Dad said.
Well, that was a conversation stopper.

Well, Miranda, I couldn't agree more!

Now, where do I start about how a very nice series went so horribly, horribly wrong... It could have been a great book. It could have been one of my favourites. If it were not for that stupid jerk called Alex (and a couple of other things). Why on Earth did Ms Pfeffer had to invent him? Why couldn't she let him, please please, die somewhere along the way? Preferab
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
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
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
Juliana Robertson
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found an awesome new post apocalypse series! The characters are intriguing and
Personal! Love love love! And recommend 100%
Alice 🌙
4/5 ⭐️
Buddy read with my roommate
Okay so Alex wasn’t a complete do mock in this, so I’m glad for that
Miranda is still one of my fav characters from this series
It wasn’t the best thing ever written, but it was entertaining to say the least.
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
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Brian Rheinhardt
May 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The third in the series is treading on thin ice (get it- the Earth is now freezing) as the combination of Miranda and Alex's families occur. The relationship between these two main characters should be better, but Alex is holier than thou and Miranda seems watered down from her original kick-ass persona from the first book. This new band of survivors need to find a better option of where to live and plan on how to make it happen. Although this third book falls far from the first book, it still e ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment after books 1 and 2. Didn't like the plot, the characters from the previous books seem totally different and the ending was problematic af with a surprise pro-eugenics message. No thanks. ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm done with these. Can't bring myself to read the last book. ...more
Makensie Steinmetz
I really enjoyed book 3 of the Last Survivors series. I feel that it was a bit darker this time around, but I like how the dynamics had been set up for the most part. I wish we got to hear more from Miranda's perspective of their voyage after leaving their home, but it was a great way to tie off her story! I'm really excited to read the last book in the series! ...more
Jinny Lim
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it showed the importance of friendship. Unlike Life as We Knew It, rather than survival, I think it was more about how friendship and love can comfort you, but also make you do things you wouldn't normally do. ...more
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Theme of this world we live in 1 2 May 06, 2019 12:46PM  
Someone Say Something Good About This Book 2 16 Aug 19, 2016 04:43AM  
USA Geography Cha...: This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer 1 5 Dec 29, 2014 07:05AM  
Crazy for Young A...: This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer → Start Date: October 3, 2013 31 23 Oct 06, 2013 07:27PM  
Matt and Syl 7 152 Oct 03, 2012 07:25PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
  • Ashen Winter (Ashfall, #2)
  • Sunrise (Ashfall, #3)
  • Chasing the Milky Way
  • Independent Study (The Testing, #2)
  • The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)
  • The Courage Test
  • Sticky Fingers
  • The Cold Kiss
  • Darla's Story (Ashfall, #0.5)
  • Until I Find You
  • What We Forgot to Bury
  • Blood and Veil: A Novella
  • Graduation Day (The Testing, #3)
  • Royally Jacked (Royally Jacked, #1)
  • Darkbeast (Darkbeast, #1)
See similar books…
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

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)
  • The Shade of the Moon (Last Survivors, #4)

Related Articles

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be long remembered as a Dumpster fire of a year. But the nice thing about time is that it...
497 likes · 237 comments
“He taught me to trust in tomorrow.” 38 likes
“But it's our curse and our blessing to remember the past and to know there's a future.

More quotes…