Friday, March 19, 2010

Review: This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In
I loved the previous two books in this series so much, to the point they consumed my mind for days. This World We Live In was my most anticipated book of this year, and it did not disappoint. It was very different than I expected, though. Oh and you have to read the first two books in the series before you read this one. (both of them are available in paperback now)

I'm not sure how much I can really say about the book. For example, the synopsis on the back reveals things that don't happen until halfway through this very short book of only 239 pages. But so much has been revealed that I suppose I can say that the book is once again told from the perspective of Miranda's journals and that yes, Alex shows up.

Once again, Pfeffer takes us from small bad things to the biggest ultimate bad things. We journey through this hardship with the characters. The relationships and the tension are so well depicted, so believable. I was surprised by just how often I laughed out loud, but I suppose that in the middle of all that bleakness comedic relief (in the form of Miranda's voice and observations not so much the things that happen) is necessary.

The characters struggle with their values, they struggle with being charitable and loving and trying to survive. They battle their selfishness and their rough conditions.

The turn this book took I really wasn't expecting at all. I don't want to say too much, except for that I think Pfeffer was absolutely fearless. It was bold and it completely worked for me.

Pretty much, this was another strong installment? I thought this was a trilogy but I didn't see anything on the book like, "the conclusion to the moon crash trilogy" so I'm not sure that it is. If it is, the ending still works for me. If it's not, I look forward to book 4.

What can I say? I love this series. LOVE. I loved this book.

Rating: 4.75/5
Source of Book: While I received an egalley, I read a hard copy that I bought with an Amazon gift card.
Publisher: Harcourt


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