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review 2017-08-11 20:05
Ein realistischer Endzeit-Roman
Die Welt, wie wir sie kannten - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Das astronomische Highlight des Jahres wird gespannt von der ganzen Welt verfolgt. Ein Asteroid wird den Mond treffen - es soll sogar mit bloßem Auge zu sehen sein. Dann ist es so weit. Der Mond wird aber nicht nur leicht angestupst, sondern gleich aus seiner Umlaufbahn katapultiert. Damit fängt das Ende an. Das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kannten.

Endzeitromane gibt es en masse und viele davon sind richtig gut. Egal ob sie mit Kriegen, Technologien oder Kriegen beginnen, es ist immer wieder schaurig-faszinierend, wenn man in der Fantasie das Ende durchspielt. Susan Beth Pfeffer hat mit ihrem Endzeitroman jedoch ein ganz eigenes Level der Apokalypse erreicht, weil sie in ihren Schilderungen am Boden geblieben ist.

Das Ende wird durch den Asteroideneinschlag am Mond eingeleitet. Wissenschafter hatten sich verrechnet und der harmlose Schubser ist in Wirklichkeit eine lebensbedrohliche Katastrophe geworden.

Als Leser erlebt man diese Endzeitversion aus Mirandas Blickwinkel. Sie ist ein Teenager, der mit ihrer Mutter und ihren zwei Brüdern mitten in der Apokalypse ausharrt, und diese traumatische Erfahrung in einem Tagebuch festhält.

So ist die ganze Geschichte als Mirandas Tagebuch erzählt, was mich von Anfang an in seinen Bann gezogen hat. Zuerst berichtet sie noch unbeschwert von ihrem Leben und dem astronomischen Ereignis, doch nach und nach ziehen sich Zweifel, Gefahren und verstörende Erlebnisse durch sämtliche Einträge. Wie in der Realität, sind sie ganz unterschiedlich erzählt. Manchmal berichtet Miranda ganz ausführlich von ihrem Tag, dann hat sie nur für wenige Zeilen Zeit. Manchmal vergehen Tage, bis man wieder etwas von ihr erfährt, dann schreibt sie wieder mehrmals täglich ins Tagebuch rein.

Dabei geht Miranda auf alle Umstände ihres Lebens ein. Sie erzählt, wie sie sich fühlt, was sie sich wünscht und welche Ängste sie bewegen. Sie berichtet, was um sie herum geschieht und wie ihre Familie und Freunde reagieren. Und natürlich lässt sie die Katastrophe an sich nicht aus und schreibt nieder, welche Entwicklungen gefürchtet und erwartet werden.

Dabei spielen banalste Alltagshandlungen eine große Rolle, denn wer weiß schon, wann es das nächste Mal Strom geben wird? Wie schwierig Wäsche per Hand zu waschen ist? Und wie sie den Winter ohne Heizmaterial überstehen sollen?

Außerdem ist die Katastrophe an sich meiner Meinung nach sehr realistisch konstruiert. Einerseits geht es Schlag auf Schlag, weil der Mond plötzlich so nah an der Erde ist, andrerseits ziehen manche Veränderungen nur sehr langsam ein, und sind zu Beginn nicht mehr als eine Unannehmlichkeit. 

Mir haben die Handlung, der Erzählstil und die Entwicklung der Ereignisse sehr gut gefallen. Susan Beth Pfeffer führt dem Leser vor Augen, wie ein Rad das nächste treibt, wie unsere Gesellschaft funktioniert und wie wichtig bestimmte Dinge in unserem Alltag sind. Dieser realistische Zugang zum Weltuntergangs-Thema hat mich absolut begeistert. Andere Romane setzen häufig auf actionreiche Spannung, bei Susan Beth Pfeffer wird man hingegen mit der brutalen Realität konfrontiert.

Wer sich gern vom Ende der Welt erzählen lässt und eine gute Portion Realismus aushält, sollte daher unbedingt Miranda kennenlernen und mit ihr die Apokalypse erleben.

 

 

Die letzten Überlebenden:
1) Die Welt, wie wir sie kannten
2) Die Verlorenen von New York
3) Das Leben, das uns bleibt

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-07-08 20:57
Book 39/100: This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
This World We Live In - Susan Beth Pfeffer

This book was a disappointment after the first two in the series, both of which were vivid and riveting. Fortunately, I had been forewarned that this one was a bit lackluster, so I didn't go into it with expectations that were too high.

Mostly, it felt like a sequel that didn't really need to be written. I think the author (or publisher) felt compelled to tie the first two books together, but both of them are strong standalones and tying them together in this third volume felt forced. Plus, a lot of what happens in here is not very different from what happened in the earlier books -- the struggle to find enough food, the windfalls and disappointments, the highs and lows of living through an apocalypse, you know, that sort of thing.

And even though it's shorter than the other books in the series (I think), it has a lot more characters, so there was quite a bit to keep track of in the second half. The book started to feel "crowded" since several of the characters were not developed all that well. Also, I noticed some really weird gender things in this book that either were not present in the other two books or that just didn't strike me in the same way. But I think that Pfeffer might have some internalized sexism going on ... Miranda's mother was always very insistent that Miranda stay home while the boys were able to strike out and explore/adventure/etc., and Alex seemed to think that for some reason he got to decide what his sister's fate would be even though she was old enough to have some say in the matter. (Also, I think the decision the author made regarding Julia's storyline was absolutely atrocious). I liked Alex less in this book than in the book that is actually about him -- in this volume he came across as controlling and almost stereotypically pious.

For whatever reason there is yet one more book in this series, which I may or may not read. The first two books are great, but as far as I'm concerned you wouldn't be missing too much if you just stopped there.

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review 2016-06-01 04:25
Review: This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
This World We Live In - Susan Beth Pfeffer

Quick review for a quick read. Good news is that I read this in one sitting and it was a very quick, easy read to move through despite it being a while since I picked up the series. Bad news? I think this book didn't hold up as well with me compared to the first two books. I always liked the theme for this particular series, and even the personal focus on its viewpoint characters. This book brings the POV back to Miranda and her family. I liked the first part of the book well enough, with Miranda, her mother and her brothers trying to carve out a living going fishing, scavaging the neighborhood looking for things to help them, even surviving on intermittent power - which brought something of a hope that things were getting better despite a few harrowing moments (i.e. Miranda's mother taking a tumble).

However, I felt as the narrative went onward - focusing more on insta-relationships and generally showing the worst in the character personalities - it ended up losing me. Between Miranda's brother marrying Syl (though I liked her character in spurts) and Miranda declaring her love for Alex when he ends up meeting her in a crossing of paths set up by the first and second books, I didn't like how fast or how strong it set itself up for context. Sure, I know this is an end-of-the-world scenario, but it was way, way too breakneck in pace and dictated in emotions for me to really believe it. Miranda feels far too naive for me to believe in any potential growth she might've had between the first book and this one. Alex's character really got shortchanged by this book, I felt. While I could really see his plight in the second book and his dedication to his sister Julie, this book reduced Alex to playing second fiddle to Miranda as chiefly the LI. I think it was just a downward progression for all of the characters, and I didn't much like the change. I liked Julie and a few other characters, though there are a number of characters that ended up meeting tragic fates, leading to another potential journey for survival.

There's one more book in this series, but it's hard for me to gather the motivation to try it, just to see how the series ends. I'm disappointed with the overall execution and progression of this book, though it had some decent moments.

Overall score: 2/5 stars.

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review 2016-04-28 18:06
Last Survivors- Book #1...
Life as We Knew It: A Novel - Emily Bauer,Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life as We Knew It is the first book in another dystopian/post-apocalyptic series about how a girl named Miranda and her family survive after a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth which in turn throws all the seasons and weather out of whack. Their day to day struggle to survive is told through a series of journal entries which could have been a cool way to do it but most of the entries were just dull and boring. The author needed to spice them up a little and create some suspense behind them. I listened to the audio version too and I didn't care for the narrator's voice at all, especially her voice for the mother so that made a dry story even harder to swallow. At this point, I don't know if I'll continue with the series or not. If I do, I'll probably forgo the audio.

 

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text 2015-09-18 22:00
The Last Survivors Series Review
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

This series was okay. I would recommend it to those of you that like post-apocalyptic things. This wasn't really my style but they were still good books. :3

 

~Thanks for reading!!

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