"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."
I loved Life as We Knew It and The Dead & The Gone. I felt they both were packed with thrilling moments, emotional turmoil, family drama, and (of course) some pretty scary predicaments concerning how to survive. I think I had several nightmares after finishing both of them!
This third installment just didn't really do it for me. Not a whole lot happened...it was the same thing, day after day, even once Syl, Alex, and Julie arrive on scene. Syl could have stirred up a whole bunch of trouble and at first, I thought that's what she was there for. A plot to steal food or shelter or something. But she's not. She's just there as another family member. And when Alex and Julie get there, finally meeting Miranda, which I thought would be a hugely powerful moment, was just kinda blah.
My real "issue" with This World We Live In was the nature and path of Alex and Miranda's relationship. They really disliked each other and then all of a sudden were in complete love and couldn't keep their hands off each other. Not believable to me, nor did I think it was necessary. Why did the two main characters from these awesome books have to meet AND start a romance? Do all YA books need a romance? No way! I would have really loved to have just experienced their meeting, rather than this rushed and unrealistic love affair.
Those criticisms made, Pfeffer still has a winner of a series on her hands. I've handed this teen book to three adults now (non-YA readers) and though they skeptically accepted the first, they were immediately sucked in and wanted the second. Even if this particular installment wasn't as thrilling or exciting as the first two, it left room for a fourth. I would be happy to see another one and just as eager to read it.
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
Everyone has ONE book in a series that they didn't love as much as the others right? For me, in Harry Potter it was book 5, in Twilight it was book 4...it happens.
This World We Live In
Susan Beth Pfeffer
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