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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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review 2015-06-14 12:22
This World We Live In
This World We Live In - Susan Beth Pfeffer

I guess perhaps I should have read/listened to the first 2 books in the series before listening to this book but I didn’t. I thought the book sounded interesting but I really wasn’t that impressed. Again, perhaps if I had read the first books in the series, I might be more vested in the characters but I did try my best to engage in the story and the characters but in reality, I thought nothing actually happened during the whole story. I know that sounds horrible and I realize something did actually occur or I would not have listened to 6 CD’s in my car but I felt that it could have all been condensed to perhaps one CD.
The author did a wonderful job setting the story up for those who didn’t read couple books. The characters are feeling the aftereffects of a major catastrophe as the moon was hit by a meteor and the world as we know it, no longer exists. Everyone is in survival mood, living off what they can find, scrambling to find anything. Rain, electricity and gas are hot commodities. Miranda is the main character and she got on my nerves immediately with her attitude, her moods constantly changing. When her father arrives with his wife and baby, this creates mixed emotions in the household. With limited resources stretched thin already, the family is excited about the new faces and new opportunities but now there are more mouths to feed. Miranda feels she is in love with Alex, a new individual who has arrived and as the outlook on the world looks dimmer, she feels this is her last opportunity at love. It’s now or never and it’s this attitude, her emotions and the other characters in her world that have me shaking my head. Go girl…..do whatever you want….act and then think later…..it’s this mentality that makes me like the other characters more.

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