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This World We Live In (The Last Survivors, Book 3) (edição 2010)

por Susan Beth Pfeffer (Autor)

Séries: The Last Survivors (3)

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When the moon's gravitational pull increases, causing massive natural disasters on earth, Miranda and her family struggle to survive in a world without cities or sunlight, and wonder if anyone else in still alive.
Título:This World We Live In (The Last Survivors, Book 3)
Autores:Susan Beth Pfeffer (Autor)
Informação:HMH Books for Young Readers (2010), Edition: First, 256 pages
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Etiquetas:dystopia, young-adult, sci-fi

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Pfeffer, I am disappoint. This was a terrible book and a terrible way to close out a series. Because I like lists, here's one to explain why I thought This World We Live In sucked without remorse.

1. It became another post-disaster story. What happened to a chunk of the bloody moon gone? Nope. Barely any mention of those moon-specific aftereffects beyond the lack of sunlight. Most of the ~shock and awe~ moments come from events that could have happened in any post-apocalyptic fiction. This was supposed to be different. It wasnt.

2. A lot of the shocking moments . . . weren't that shocking, or were severely understated. Miranda's reaction to the dead bodies could have been so much better and realistic, but it wasn't. The death of the cat, which is supposed to be on the worst moments in the book, falls flat on the page. It doesn't help that most of the action of the novel takes place in the house; literally not a lot of room to do anything.

3. TOO MANY CHARACTERS. This series benefited from a restricted cast for each book, so that we got to know them and feel for them and follow them through their struggles. When you throw together not only the main characters of two books as well as several new ones, I get jumbled up and confused - not to mention, I end up not caring about most of them.

4. Syl. Ugh. She came off as a pretentious wannabe-hippie-turned-Christian who made Miranda feel guilty for stupid stuff, killed the cat and called it merciful, and pretty much treated Miranda's mom like crap at the very end. No, let's push the severely traumatized woman into the open and let her squirm there. IT WILL BE GOOD FOR HER. Ugh, no.

5. Religion. The religion was so over-powering, I have to wonder if the author found Jesus between books. Why? Do you honestly think in order to survive, you need God in your life? And why were the covenants the automatically safest places to go? Oh, right, because religion is the ultimate force in this story. How sweet of Alex to /forgive/ Miranda for not being Christian. No thank you. If I wanted Christian lit, I'd read some, but I don't and therefore these elements were extremely intrusive and mostly unneeded.

Oh, and don't think I didn't notice the baby Gabriel. Nice move there.

6. The 'romance' of Alex and Miranda, which came out of nowhere and never developed, yet I'm supposed to believe their love will be forever and it is the greatest kind of love around. Gag me with a spoon. It was forced and heavy-handed and I hated it, and I hated how her love for Alex turned Miranda into a love sick stereotypical teenager. I would have been okay with it had it actually been developed or treated with some respect, but now I just wish Pfeffer had kept romance out of the series full stop.

7. Euthanasia. I had no problems with it. Shocking, but true. I do have problems with how it was foreshadowed. As in, with no subtlety at all. The constant mentioning of the pills and death over living and the story of the man with the broken leg and the cat's death - gosh, I wonder if Miranda's going to have to put someone out of their misery? Lazy storytelling all around.

8. The tornado became a deux ex machina for several big plot points. The sad thing is, it came at the very very end of the book. There's not enough time to fully appreciate the aftereffects before the story is over. Add the fact that the book ends rather suddenly and the tornado isn't so much a plot point as a cue to end the damn book already.

9. THE DIALOGUE. Remember the scene when Miranda's telling her mom she is leaving with Alex and her dad? The dialogue in there was cringe-worthy - not because it was bad but because it was so unrealistic and stilted. In fact, most of the dramatic scenes involve this unnatural dialogue which is meant to add to the emotion going on, but it really detracts from it instead. No, I don't think a major disaster is going to turn every teenager in the world into these great emotional orators, but apparently that is what happens in Pfeffer's world.

10. No postscript? No after thoughts? No epilogue? All right then. Leaving readers in the lurch usually isn't the best way to end a series, though. I was rather disappointed by this.

Okay, I was rather disappointed by the whole book. I wished I had just read the first two and left the third up to my imagination. Watch everyone disagree with me, though. It's okay, this is just my own opinion, you don't have to agree with me. I'm just saying - with all the stuff this book did wrong, it's hard to defend the bits done right. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
This companion novel to “Life as We Knew It” and “The Dead and Gone” is narrated by Miranda Evans. One year after the catastrophic meteor collision with the moon which threw off the earth’s climate, weather patterns, and ocean tides, Miranda and her family have survived the winter, and are trying to make preparations for the coming year. This includes raiding the abandoned houses nearby and attempting to catch fish at the river fifteen miles away. And then Miranda’s father shows up — with his wife, their baby son, and three other people.

Though the novel moves quickly, and something is happening on every page, I continued to be annoyed with Miranda’s character, as in her previous book. She seems self-centered, volatile, and constantly arguing with those she lives with, while at the same time trying to insist to her journal that she is mature enough to make decisions about her future. However, her writing is vivid and engaging, which perhaps is why I react so strongly to her.

Those who enjoyed Pfeffer’s two previous novels in the series will enjoy this one. However, those who are particular fans of the second book may not relish the portrayal of those characters in this third volume. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Heartbreaking end to the trilogy, but definitely worth the read. I would have liked to read more and learn what happens as their lives continue in the world as it is for them now. The strange roles for men and women struck me strongly in this book though - Miranda's mother's refusal to let her do anything the boys do, the strange segregation in rooms and the fact Miranda always has to help her mother while the men do outdoors work just seems very old fashioned. ( )
  zacchaeus | Dec 26, 2020 |
In this 3rd book in the Last Survivors series, the two groups of survivors depicted in books 1 and 2 come together. Humanity faces possible extinction as natural disasters and climate changes hit Earth following an asteroid strike pushing the moon closer to the planet. It's been a year since the disaster. Very few people remain alive. This group of 10 survivors faces not only the daily fight for survival, but also their own emotions, weaknesses and fears. They must learn to live and work together to survive.

Although it is a bit preachy in places (in my opinion), this book is just as enjoyable as the first two in the series. Although the disaster premise is not scientifically valid, I find the concept of survival after a large scale planet wide disaster to be both thought provoking and horrific. I don't know how I would react to a complete, sudden change in life as I have always known it. I don't know if I would be strong enough, mentally or physically, to survive as nearly everyone around me dies of starvation, illness or injury. What would I be prepared to do to protect my children? I liked how Pfeffer brought her characters together to form a sort of rag-tag family. The story unfolds in diary format, with the character Miranda writing about their daily challenges. There is a lot of emotion in this book, as the characters all try to live together, survive and deal with uncertainty and danger.

This series is written for a YA audience. Because of the serious, dark theme I wouldn't recommend it for kids under 13. There is no graphic violence, sex or cursing....but Pfeffer doesn't pull any punches with the dystopian theme. Death, starvation, suicide and other dark themes figure heavily into the plot. Pfeffer realistically depicts what it might be like to survive after society ends.

For more information on the author and her books, check out her blog: http://susanbethpfeffer.blogspot.com/ ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
This World We Live In is Susan Beth Pfeffer's third book in her The Last Survivors series. This book brings the characters of the first two books together into one place. Miranda's dad returns to her house with his wife, new baby and three strangers (to Miranda - Alex and Julie from the second book, The Dead and the Gone for the rest of us). Life is already near impossible for Miranda and her family before her dad brings the extra mouths to feed. Despite her initial dislike of Alex, Miranda can't help falling in love with him. But can Miranda make the decisions that could change not only her life but also the lives of her family and everyone she loves?

OK, I love these books. Once I start them, I can't stop reading them. I find myself truly vested in these characters. I cry, I laugh, I fear for them. I recommend these books to everybody I know or come in contact with. They're fabulous. Also, they have really beautiful covers. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
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