This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In

So, the third book in the Last Survivors series! I say series because according the Susan Beth Pfeffer’s blog she’s working on a fourth book. Here’s my reviews for the first two books:

So you know, possible spoilers if you haven’t read those yet.

This World We Live In is back in the point-of-view of Miranda, thank goodness. The first anniversary of the moon event is coming up, and Miranda and her family are facing the possibilities of running out of food, supplies, and having to eventually leave their home. Miranda is surprised when her father and his wife and baby child come back, and with them is a group of strangers, one of which happens to be Alex Morales from the second book.

Now faced with feeding so many more people, the struggle to survive is harder than ever. Along with that Miranda develops complicated romantic feelings for Alex, who has some future plans he is determined to carry out. And then disaster strikes again, and Miranda has some decisions to make.

So… I guess this book was better than the second. It could have been a little longer – it was only 239 pages compared to the 300+ pages of the other books, and it really could have used some romantic build-up. Instead Miranda and Alex go through an insta-loveΒ kind of thing, except it’s more “Hey you’re my age! I love you without ever having had a decent conversation with you!” And you know, that’s annoying. Also, there were a couple of times when I wanted to smack Miranda again… you’d think that a year of super-hard living would help her not act like a bratty teenager, but apparently not.

Other than that, there were some perks to this book. Some great end-of-the-world type stuff happens, people die, fun looting… you know, all that good stuff. And I am really curious to see where the series goes, so I expect that I’ll end up reading the fourth book too when it comes out. If nothing else, these books are really quick reads that make you think about what exactly you would do in such extreme circumstances.


Sarah Says: 3 stars



One comment

  1. I completely agree that this book could have been so much more. Not that it was bad, it was just short. I can forgive the insta love thing only because it’s not like they had a lot of other people to choose from. It’s been a long time since I read but I remember the part where they go to that house (I think it was a house) really creeped me out. I don’t want to say anything else to give it away so hopefully you know what I’m talking about!

    I checked out her blog about the fourth book and I guess it’s gonna take place 10-15 years in the future. I don’t know… it could be really good but it could also turn out really bad.


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