Title: This World We Live In (The Last Survivors #3)
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publisher: Harcourt 2010
Genre: YA dystopian
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Support Your Local Library; Fantasy
How I Got It: borrowed from library
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.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I mostly enjoyed the first two books. But this one just completely threw me. I understand the concept that after the upheaval caused by the moon, society would dramatically change. However, I do not understand why everyone has to be either evil or whiny egotists. All the whiny, the fighting, the little regard for each other got to me. I really started to hate many of the characters. First Syl (my least favorite of the characters), then Matt (for his treatment of family after Syl comes along), then Lisa (she was always a bit selfish, even more now), then Laura (agoraphobic, anyone?), then Miranda (she was always whiny), and finally Alex (his self-righteous “God will save us” act just pissed me off). By the end of the book, I didn’t care of who lived. I was just done with the series. The only reason the book still earned 2 stars is because of the first two books. I liked them (not loved, but liked) so I had to see the story to the author’s intended conclusion. Definitely glad that I borrowed this one from the library. I will be returning it ASAP to get something that I hope is better reading.