This World We Live In: Book summary and reviews of This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In

The Last Survivors, Book 3

By Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2010,
    256 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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. 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.

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"Starred Review. Throughout, readers will be moved by displays of compassion, strength, and faith as characters endure grim realities and face an uncertain future." - Publishers Weekly

"This seems a more rushed effort than the previous books. ... Still, fans are invested by now, and though this could (and probably should) be the last book in the series, the door is open for more." - Booklist

"Given the circumstances, it is believable that their relationship would be rushed, but the initial antagonistic tone set up between them still seems too easily resolved, resulting in a formulaic feel. Ages 12+." - Kirkus Reviews

"It is a testament to the author's skill that This World We Live In can be read as a stand-alone novel." - School Library Journal

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Kaylyn king
this world we live in
Its an amazing book. I would like it to be a sequel/series coming next.I've finished this book in 1 day. Please, more books!!!!!!

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Julie
Keep Them Coming!
I loved this newest installment of the series, just read it for the second time. It is so easy to just sink into this story, the narrative is like listening to someone tell the story to you in a conversation, and once you start, you can't stop. I hope that there will be more. I would love to see them find a safe town, see how they find their way, how life is lived there, and see also how the relationships continue to develop. This is truly a fascinating story, and chilling because it could actually happen. Please continue it!

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Victoria Garcia
GREAT!
This Book Was GREAT! I used to hate reading! I got it on Saturday and finished it the same day! GREAT!! Please Please Please Please Continue Series!!!!!

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by sissy
This world we live in
I loved this book, and I hope the series should continue. Personally, I think it should not be a stand alone book, it has so much more depth if you know what Alex has been through in his past. I hate reading, but these have sunk into my heart, and I can read them in 2 days! They have made so grateful for what I have, but scared this will happen to me. I loved these books, there the best thing I've ever read!

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Susan Beth Pfeffer Author Biography

Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City. 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 until 1970 that her first book, Just Morgan, was published. She wrote it during her last semester at New York University; since then, she has been a full-time writer for young people.

She has won numerous awards and citations for her work, which range from picture books to middle-grade and young-adult novels, and include both contemporary and historical fiction. She is ...

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Susan Beth Pfeffer: Feffer (pfeffer means pepper in German)

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