This World We Live In
Susan Beth Pfeffer
The heart-wrenching companion to the bestselling novels Life As We Knew It and The Dead & The Gone.
It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. Miranda and her two brothers spend their days scavenging for food and household items, while their mother stays at home and desperately tries to hold on to the ordinary activities of their previous life. But they all know that nothing is truly normal in this surreal new world they live in.
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.
In the conclusion to the Last Survivors series, we are with Miranda again, who is now seventeen, reading about life in this post-apocalyptic world through her journal entries. Life is still a struggle, trying to cope with hunger and hoping you'll survive. There is still no sunshine, it's hard to breathe with volcanic ash everywhere, and still cold.
Miranda is still pretty much the same - a little more grown up but still a teenage girl underneath it all and still struggling with her family to survive. The difference now is her father returns, with Lisa and the new baby, except now he has brought three strangers along with him.
Through her journal entries we see how they all struggle to survive together. The unexpected happens for Miranda - she finds herself in love with a boy named Alex Morales. Now she has to make life changing decisions, ones that will affect her and her family.
I didn't like this one as much as the first but better than the second. In this third installment, the lives of Miranda and Alex are brought together and now they have each other along with what's left of their families in this despairing world.
I really loved this series and I know that I will still be thinking about it for some time. It was both touching and frightening. I highly recommend this series.