This World We Live In, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2010)

Genre: Speculative
Interest Level: 13-19
This World We Live InThis is the final title in the Last Survivors trilogy. The book opens as the survivors are about to mark the one-year anniversary of a meteor colliding with the moon, knocking it closer to Earth and spawning tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and an ash-filled sky that brings cold and kills plants. In this novel, Pfeffer returns to Miranda and her family, characters from the first book, Life As We Knew It, and introduces Alex and Julie, characters from the second book, The Dead and the Gone. Overall I was disappointed with this one; I loved the first and second books, but the concluding novel doesn’t live up to them. At least the author knows better than to finish on too happy a note. Alex is creepy at times in this presentation; and apparently love can happen when two people have no one else to choose from – an annoying as hell premise! Having said that, I thought the first two were terrific, and those are still very worth reading. This one wraps it up, but not as well as I’d hoped.
More reviews and discussion of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6393972-this-world-we-live-in

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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