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This World We Live In: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 3

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 18, 2011 | Trade Paperback

This World We Live In: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 3 is rated 4.36 out of 5 by 25.

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. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.67 in

Published: April 18, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547550286

ISBN - 13: 9780547550282

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read through, not as good as the first Life as We Knew It was pretty good. I enjoyed reading it. The Dead and the Gone isn?t really a continuation of the first one, it?s set in a different setting this time in New York City. Instead of a female protagonist, we have a male one who?s like the previous main character, has a family to take care of. What I liked about this book is the development of the setting. I liked how throughout the book areas around Alex and his sisters start dying out, and the city starts getting abandoned slowly. I enjoyed how this was illustrated throughout the story. Character development was well done in this book. I thought Julie did a lot of growing up especially during the last third of the book. Alex, well he did take charge of being the ?man of the house? but he wasn?t a great as a main character as I hoped he would be. Bri on the other hand, just ended up being the annoying character nobody wants to read about. The plot itself isn?t as good as the first one, but it?s still worth a read through at least once at least to see good character development and how it was like in a different setting. I?ll be continuing along this series as it does have a lot of potential. I hope it doesn?t fall short.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read - one of my top favourites! OMG! This book!!! I have been waiting for the library to actually have this book available for me FOREVER and now I've finally read it and... just... OMG! I absolutely loved this book. You know when you really get into a book and you can't put it down, but you have to, and then once you do you don't want to pick it up again just because you want it to last forever, but then you pick it up and then it's all over!?!? Well that's how I felt with this book. I wanted to know what happened but I didn't want it to end - even though I knew that I would have 3 more books to read after this one. I loved the characters! They were realistic and heart-warming and believable! Miranda is so strong for only being 16 years old. Jonny, the younger brother, acts like a boy his age (14 years old) until tragedy happens and he is forced to grow up - he does so in such a realistic manner that I couldn't help but love him and respect him. Matt, the older brother, is forced into a co-parenthood with his mother to help hold the family together - once again a very loving and believable character. And the mother - just love her to pieces! While reading this story I felt like I was living with them and experiencing what they were experiencing. There were times, and I know it's silly, that after reading for a long period I would stop and have to remind myself that it was a different world - not mine - and it would take a couple seconds of adjustment and worry before I got a grip. I haven't had that kind of experience - not that I remember. Yes I've loved books before, but never have I been so engrossed in the events and the realism that I was temporarily transported there to such an extent. Pfeffer has such an amazing skill in being able to create such a realistic environment and make the reader believe it whole-heartedly. This book made me feel so many different emotions - like I haven't felt in a while - sadness, happiness, surprise, bafflement! If you haven't started this series, it is a MUST! If you like reading I suggest you run out and read it. It doesn't matter if you don`t like science fiction, or if you`re sick of dystopians, or if you're not a big fan of young adult - all that matters is you like to read! It has been a long time since I have loved a book as much as this one and it's on a short list of my must haves and my even shorter list of most favourites!
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer was an easy read with a great storyline! As you may or may not know, this novel takes place during a worldwide crisis in which there is a lack of food, supplies and electricity. As you can all imagine, that is not the greatest situation to be in. I don’t know about you but I am pretty content having access to heating and shelter during the winter. However, those in this novel are not quite as lucky. For some of us, we’ve never had the chance to experience what it is like to be truly hungry and to even have to contemplate eating cat food to survive. We’ve also probably never experienced what it is like to be truly cold. Sure we’ve all been cold before but not cold past the point of hypothermia. I think that this novel was a big eye opener to how lucky some of us are. It can get pretty cold in some places during the winter so having that electricity is crucial. Enough of that explanation, this is a book review so without further ado, time to move on to my feelings about this novel. Like I said, this novel was an easy read. It would be a great book to pick up during the school year, during a time when you cannot commit to a novel in which every sentence has a double meaning. This novel was captivating and took many unanticipated turns. Sometimes you would think one thing would happen then all of a sudden, it’s the complete opposite! I think this adds interest to the novel and therefore makes it a more enjoyable read. Unless you dislike what actually happened, then that’s another story. All in all, this novel tells a story of incredible people in a world that we can barely imagine as our own. I recommend picking up this novel as a study break and I can almost guarantee that it will not disappoint.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I had heard some amazing things about The Hallowed Ones - so one day, while in the mood for something deliciously creepy, I picked it up expecting the best. And fortunately, it had such a strong start that drew in right away. Unfortunately, it never really picked up for me after that. I felt like I spent the remainder of the book waiting for "it" to happen (I'm not really sure what "it" was, but I was hoping for something truly exciting and captivating) but it just never arrived for me. REASON TO READ: 1. Brilliant plot concept: The idea behind this story is like blow-your-mind amazing. An Amish setting? In an apocalyptic world (this is great because Katie's Amish community is so isolated that you have no idea what's going on with the Outside world- INCREDIBLY MYSTERIOUS, love it!) with some freaky killer thing(s) running around? I'm not sure it can get much scarier than that. And the first few chapters are fantastic. They perfectly set the atmosphere up to scare your socks right off, and everyone is like, "WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!" and there's some blood and life gets crazy. And then Katie seems to spend most of her time trying to figure out where she stands in her faith and her love life. There's nothing wrong with that, but it didn't jive very well with the direction the book initially seemed to be headed in. The role of faith was interesting, and for the most part it fit very well until eventually it just felt like we were beating a dead horse. Plus I really couldn't care for her love life - at all. I sympathized with Katie for a while, because she was in such a tricky spot but after a while it just seemed ridiculous. And I couldn't bring myself to care when I didn't understand why she was acting out that way. But really, I was hoping for more scares. It felt too much like there was a trade-off part way through the book: exchange scary scenes for kissing/doubting ones. So I believe the ultimate problem for me was that my expectations were for something entirely different, and I was disappointed by that. Review copy received from Thomas Allen & Son Ltd for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from as amazing as the first two books! This World We Live In is a thrilling novel which has Miranda making decisions that she has not faced before. In the first book, Life as We Knew It, we saw the world coming to an end through Miranda's eyes. In The Dead and The Gone, we saw it end in Alex's eyes, in New York. Now, in this third book in this amazing series, both of their world collide. Miranda is amazed when her father and step-mom show up at their doorstep with 3 other strangers and a baby, but even more so when she found out that they survived. Miranda might think that it's all over, but the worst is yet to come. Miranda faces family issues that everyone faces at some point or another, except normal families fights aren't over things this extreme. Miranda is also faced with love, and she is torn between her family and Alex, the boy she loves. But Miranda and her family are still dealing with the challenges of limited food and water, and Miranda has to make decisions that no 16-year-old should be making. Miranda and her family and friends are still struggling with everything they did in the pervious (two) books. With new friends and the same old family, Miranda learns that there are many, many more dangers then she had expected, in this world we live in.
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! I would imagine that Susan Beth Pfeffer would have a hard time writing a sequel to a fantastic book titled Life As We Knew It. but, she sure made a great one! The Dead and The Gone is an amazing book in an amazing series. there is a lot more religion in this book then there was in the first one, but i think it really adds to the story. This book is about, not Miranda like the first, but about a boy named Alex, who lives in New York. they both suffer from the same things - after an astroid hits the moon, Alex has to learn to survive with limited resources. He has to take care of his two sisters, and he has no idea where his parents are, which adds on to the stress. readers learn to not take advantage of the little things like food and hot water and clean clothes - because one day, they might not be there. The Dead And The Gone is a fantastic novel. the writing is amazing, and there are many similarities and differences between this book and the first. Alex learns more about himself, and finds strengths and weaknesses that he had not known existed before the astroid hit the moon. Written in journal entries, also like the first, this book will blow you away. You will experience everything Alex goes through as he takes on the responsibilities of not a 17-year-old boy, but a 30-year-old man. you will be right next to him as he learns to survive surrounded by the dead and the gone.
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome and creepy! Amish + Vampires, what's not to love?? The Hallowed Ones is a scary, page turner that is unique in it's genre. This was Laura Bickle's debut into YA and I just have to say, keep it up! I'm actually saddened that this is a stand alone because I want more! Laura's writing style kept me hooked and it was one of those books that when I did have to set it down (unfortunately), I was constantly thinking about it. Yes, I needed to know what happened next, had to. I still wonder what happened after the ending. I also have to say that I love the cover for this one, it's so dark and actually suits the story quite well, always a plus. I learned so much about the Amish and their ways while reading, which was also nice. The protagonist is Katie, a teen aged Amish girl who is anxiously awaiting her Rumspringa. She has been waiting for years, excited to get a taste of the Outside world. Then, mere weeks before she is supposed to journey out, the Elders call for a lock down due to the strange activity that's going on in the Outside. Katie ventures into town and runs into monsters and sees the destruction that they've caused. How they brutally murder their victims. But, she can't say anything, she'd have to admit to breaking the rules and leaving. She could be exiled for it. Also, if they found out about the young man she's hiding who was outside of their fence, the man the Elders wanted to kill, that she dragged back in the dead of night to hide. The one she left to get antibiotics for. Katie seems to be breaking all of the rules, but she doesn't care as much as she feels she should. I really enjoyed Katie's character, she grows as the story goes on. She is supposed to be obedient and follow the rules with no questions asked, but she is brave enough to go against the rules when she knows they are wrong. She helps when no one else will, braving the monsters in the dark even. She is a survivor no matter what and it makes me respect her. And who else is happy that she saved Alex from death, eh? I love me some awesome Canadian men! The vampires are monsters in this book. They are cold blooded murderers who rip their victims apart. I'm not going to lie, there is some pretty brutal scenes to read, so if you're squeemish, you should probably hold off on this one. These aren't like your Twilight vampires. Heck. they aren't even as tame as the True Blood vampires. These vampires are downright scary. I would recommend this to older teens as it is pretty gruesome. But, that being said, it's one of the things that makes this book so awesome. Makes it so you can't place the book down for very long. It's just an amazing read with some scary, scary vampires! So if you're looking for something awesome, scary and unique, give The Hallowed Ones a read, it's a new favourite for me!
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amish horror! You know what got me to read this? Amish. Then the word ‘dystopian’ showed up somewhere in the same paragraph. Yep. Instantly got me into the book. So it starts off well. Katie is your typical heroine of the book. Strong willed but obedient when necessary, but knows when to say something when things don’t look right. I liked how what was ‘Outside’ was a total mystery until at least midway into the book. Even when you encounter them the first time with Katie, you’re still not quite sure what they are. Then the tidbits of information come out (sort of like the breadcrumb approach) and once you find out what is Outside, ‘inside’ just seems a whole lot safer now. The horror aspect of this novel was very well written and well done. Sometimes, what you don’t know is a lot more scarier. You do find out what they are, and it’s still just as scary. Just the way they were portrayed and written does actually raise a hair or two at the back of your neck. Throughout the other half of the novel there’s more horror and a bit of romance in the mix. (What would a YA be without a potential love triangle). Watching Katie make her own choices showed a lot of her development as a character - plus you also saw some other characters develop (and then go down the downward spiral) (coughElijahcough). The romance part of it was okay. A little cliche towards the end but tolerable. The ending was good. Wasn’t really a cliffhanger but it’s good enough to keep you interested for the next one. I can’t wait to see what happens. I definitely recommend this to YA readers.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Life As We Knew it is one of my favourite books. It has a great plot, with a great beginning, middle, and ending. Its written in "journal form", meaning it is told through the eyes of Miranda, a teen struggleing to, well, live. I love this book so much because ive never read anything like it. Sure, ive read about the world ending and a group of people trying to stay alive out in the open. There are no buildings, and hardley any food. But thats not what Life As We Knew It is like. miranda is with her family, and readers are by her side constantly throughout her life. She is not just trying to live physially, but emotionally. This book will open your eyes and show you to be greatful for everything you have, even something as simple as a blanket.
Date published: 2012-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and emotional This novel was the best one of the three I've read by Pfeffer. It was so emotional and much deeper than I had imagined it could be. I loved how there was a lot of romance incorporated in this book because it had been lacking in the preceding two. It was fast-paced at the end, and the several parts really moved me. This was the only book of the three that I could NOT put down. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next, and I just loved how everyone had their own unique story. A book could be written from any of their perspectives and it'd be completely different. There were stories that could have come from Julie (esp when they left their old apartment and somehow made their way to Miranda's home), Charlie, Miranda's father, Lisa, and Syl. I wish there was a fourth book because I REALLY want to know what happened after "the end". The author really demonstrated how their personalities had changed from their horrific experiences.This book taught me the power of love and how we should appreciate everything we have, because once it's gone, it's gone forever.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite moving In my opinion, this book was better than the first one. It was completely opposite from Life as We Knew It. They saw dead bodies all the time; many people were at the food giveaways; disease was surrounding them; they lived in a highly populated city; and there was a lot more death. This novel was the complete opposite from Life as We Knew It. Even the characters were opposite! (Miranda has two brothers; Alex had two sisters and a brother). It was interesting seeing Alex's personality change during his experiences. For example, he used to love rules, but he eventually started to dislike them as times grew increasingly difficult. I admired Alex's maturity and his ability to control his anger. He prayed a lot and his Catholic beliefs really played into his personality. Alex knew when he had sinned, and accepted when he was wrong (this is especially hard for men/boys, with their "pride"). Everyone matured, just like in Life as We Knew It. And it was obvious that Alex looked up to his "gone" older brother Carlos and his father Papi. He constantly thought about what they would have done, and if they would be proud of him. But several parts didn't make sense: if Alex, Julie and Briana has the apartment all to themselves, why couldn't they break into the other homes and see what supplies they could find? Also, Chris' father was way too nice to Alex and his family, considering he barely knew them. And, considering they lived so close to everyone else in the city, it should have been extremely likely the would have died from sickness. (I know, there would be no story if this happened, but I just wanted to point out). Especially at the end of this novel, I was extremely moved and it was very emotional. It was not predictable at all. In general the novel was still a bit dull for me since I like fast-paced books. However, I enjoyed this novel, and I look forward to reading the last book, This World We Live In.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique and interesting plot I really liked the concept of this novel; it made so much sense and it almost seems plausible to occur. This book made me appreciate the simple things I have (food, shelter, water, cleanliness, etc) and not take anything for granted. However, it was a bit repetitive at times. There were many "as long as we have each other, we'll be okay" moments. In my opinion, it did not get very climactic, and although it was interesting, I found that I was still able to put the book down. I am completely intrigued by environmental-related storylines, but this book was kind of dull for me. Honestly, I do like this book, but it was not as good as I hoped it to be.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different than anything I've read I'm actually surprised I liked this book so much. The base plot was simple; one families struggle to survive when the whole world enters a troubling time. A lot of it had to do with not having enough food or how to function without electricity. However, it was so richly told through Miranda, in the form of her diary, that I couldn't put it down. It really hit home regarding just how much we take for granted in our daily lives. I definitely reccomend it!
Date published: 2012-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read, post apocalyptic book for younger readers. No matter how much of this type of book I’ve read in the past another one comes along and it instantly becomes a favorite, replacing the previous one. This one take a little more of a realistic turn (sans aliens and zombies) and goes for what would happen if the moon is knocked closer to earth. Major natural disasters occur, and the weather changes drastically. I admired Miranda’s mom. A lot. She was strong and held her family together, preparing everything in advance when things get worse later. It was as if she had everything under control - something extremely difficult to do especially when the majority of the public are probably panicking and running amok. I also liked Matt who also was strong and acted like the backbone of Miranda’s family too. It did take me a while to like Miranda. There were times when she acted like a spoiled self centered selfish brat, but then there were other times where she would sacrifice anything to help her family. You do tend to forget that she’s just a sixteen year old girl because of her behavior. She acts like an adult at times, but then reverts to her age the next. It’s the same with Johnny too, and he’s younger than Miranda. It’s in crisis situations like these where you see children literally grow up when they should be having fun at their age. The story is told in a diary format, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Miranda doesn’t fill her entries with flowery writing, at times it can get a little whiny and her priorities get a little mixed but her descriptions of what’s going on and how the world is during this crisis is cut and clear. It may not be as graphic as some other post apocalyptic books are, but since this is meant for younger readers, the amount of details is just right. It’s a great post apocalyptic book for younger readers, and I think it’s also a great ‘starter’ book for those that just want a taste of these kinds of books. It’s not over the top graphic detail, but just enough to know that the world Miranda lives in, is filled with a lot of difficulties and hardship. Yet it outlines the importance of family togetherness to survive through the ordeal. This was a great read, and I do recommend this book for readers of any age.
Date published: 2012-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There isn't a better book! Fantastic! Not reading this book is a crime!
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Impossible to put down. Impossible not to feel the dangers around you, the blood roaring in your ears, the chills. Absolutely fantastic.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great sequel... I really enjoyed this sequel, but not as much as the original book, Life as We Knew It. I really appreciated how the main character, Miranda grows and matures throughout the book - and this is quite apparent at the end of the book when she does something shocking that I did not expect (but was foreshadowed). I found it interesting how the characters changed their standards and expectations for their futures. Funny thing how a bleak and uncertain future would drive you to marry someone an hour after meeting them. Of course, I continued to enjoy the quest for food and supplies (always entertaining). I could also relate to Miranda's efforts to hide her journals and then her eventual decision to leave them behind to document her experiences. Ms. Pfeffer is a gifted writer and has a unique style of writing that appeals to both young and old. Can't wait to read more of her books...
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I hadn't read "Life As We Knew It" or "The Dead and The Gone" before reading this book, but I don't think it matters. It was a great read though and the concept was scary. Unlike other books in this genre, humans weren't responsable for the destruction of the earth. Overall I found it to be a very enjoyable read although confusing at times. I would have liked to see a little more character developement and maybe a little less attention on religion . Also not much back ground is given about the characters lives before the asteroid, although that may be explained in previous works. Really enojayble read though and I'd definitely recommened it.
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing After a asteroid hits and changes the position of the moon, the catastrophic results are felt all over the world: volcanoes, floods, tsunamis, blizzards, death. Miranda and her loved ones struggle to survive as food becomes scarce, sickness spreads and winter threatens everyone. This book was quite the page turner. I literally had goosebumps as the events unfolded after the asteroid hit. It's a heart wrenching story of love, loss and especially survival as everything Miranda has come to know changes very quickly and sacrifices have to be made. Definitely had me hooked :D
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! Even Grittier Than "Life As We Knew It." Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote "Life As We Knew It" about a cataclysmic disaster and how a family in a small rural town must fight to stay alive. In this companion book "The Dead & The Gone" she tells about the same disaster only from the point of view of a family in the big city of New York. Impossible to put down. The characters and story are so well written that you will be drawn in - so much so that you will want to start stockpiling food yourself. Can't wait to read the third book where these two families will meet and together will continue their fight to stay alive.
Date published: 2010-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Terrifying To Think How Easily This Book Could Be Non-Fiction. "When a meteor hits the moon and knowcks it closer in orbit to the earth, nothing will ever be the same. Worldwide tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.. and that's just the beginning." I could not put this book down. Realistic characters in a horrific situation of just trying to stay alive. Can't wait to read book two and three of the trilogy.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very satisfying read - couldn't put it down. I love 'end of the world' stories, and this was a great one. I couldn't help but read this story in one sitting. You just can't wait to find out how it ends! The characters were great and the science was believable. I hope Ms. Pfeffer writes more, because I think she's an amazing author.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What if? What if an asteroid hit the moon and knocked it closer into orbit, causing worldwide tidal waves, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions? What if all the water supply ran out? What if the ashes from the volcanic activity blocked out the sun, causing droughts throughout the world? What if diseases started to spread like fire, and there was no more medicine to revive us? This is what Miranda has to go through with her family. There is limited amount of food and water left, and people are starting to lose faith. Many have already abondoned their homes and left for the south, where things seem to be better. But they're not. It's all the same throughout the world. Disasters strike everywhere, and it's every man for himself. Life As We Knew It is told through Miranda's journal entries of the days that go by. Her family of four are slowly starving themselves to death, and there's nothing they can do about it because it's all the same for the other families. Power has run out and there's no way of knowing if you'll survive the next day. Life As We Knew It was a beautifully written story of hope and courage from a 16 year old girl who has to step up and take responsibility when her family goes ill. People die, but you can't stop, because once you lose hope, there's nothing left to keep you alive. The only thing about this book that bugs me is the unrealistic ending. I'm not going to say what happens, but the chances of that actually happening are very slim. Though it might explain more in the next novel. The Dead and the Gone is not the sequel to Life As We Knew It, but another story told by a boy named Alex living in NYC facing the same challenges as him and his sisters try to survive the new events. A stunning novel; can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure genius This book is simply amazing. Just the concept of an asteroid hitting the moon and affecting the Earth in so many ways is enough. It almost makes me think...maybe an asteroid hitting the moon to the position it is at now lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs. I am also a writer, and honestly, im jealous of this author because i wish i thought of the amazing concept first. This novel is so sad yet so entrancing. You honestly wont be able to put it down. The only bad thing i have to say about it is that the ending was a little bit disatisfying...but perhaps that will be fixed with the sequal. Last word: DEFINATLY a must read. Worth your time and money!
Date published: 2008-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderfully Entrancing Novel! As it all starts out; it's like a regular school week. This whole moon excitement seems to Miranda just another reason to get more homework, but she is deadly wrong. After many trails and hardships, Miranda learns how close family is and that even if the earth was ending she would always be closest to them, no matter what happens. Read through Miranda's diary entries through their year of pain and heartbreak, illness and heart-wrenching terror, tinged with the slightest bit of hope to keep them hanging on 'til the end. I absolutely LOVED this book. It was the only book, out of very many books ever, to completely entrance me into subconsciously thinking what was happening in the book was actually happening in real life. One recommendation: Don't put the book down, but don't read it in a dimly lit room at three in the morning; the subconscious effect is almost terrifying. My thinking is that is that because it is written completely in first person, your mind thinks that the unimaginable is happening. If this author ever wrote anything else, I would definitly pick it up straightaway, I would love to embrace that kind of possessing action and drama, five stars!
Date published: 2008-04-05

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This World We Live In: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 3

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.67 in

Published: April 18, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547550286

ISBN - 13: 9780547550282

About the Book

In the year that has passed since a meteor collided with the moon, Miranda's friends and neighbors have died, the landscape has frozen, and food has become 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. Then a devastating tornado hits, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

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   Chapter 1    April 25   I'm shivering, and I can't tell if it's because something strange is going on or because of the dream I had or just because I'm in the kitchen, away from the warmth of the woodstove. It's 1:15 a.m., the electricity is on, and I'm writing in my diary for the first time in weeks.   I dreamed about Baby Rachel. I dream about her a lot, the half sister I've never met. Not that I know if Lisa had a girl or a boy. We haven't heard from Dad and Lisa since they stopped here on their way west, except for a couple of letters. Which is more than I got from anyone else who's left.   Rachel was about five in my dream, but she changes age a lot when I'm sleeping, so that wasn't disturbing. She was snuggled in bed and I was reading her a bedtime story. I remember thinking how lucky she was to have a real bedroom and not have to sleep in the sunroom with Mom and Matt and Jon the way I have for months now.   Then in the dream the lights went out. Rachel wanted to know why.   "It's because of the moon," I said.   She giggled. A real little-girl giggle. "Why would the moon make the lights go out?" she asked.   So I told her. I told her everything. I explained how in May an asteroid hit the moon and knocked it a little closer to Earth, and how the moon's gravitational pull got stronger, and everything changed as a result. There were tidal waves that washed away whole cities, and earthquakes that destroyed the highways, and volcanic eruptions that threw ash into the sky
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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. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

About the Author

Susan Beth Pfefferis the author of many books for teens, including theNew York Timesbest-selling novelLife As We Knew It, which was nominated for several state awards, and its companion books,The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In,andThe Shade of the Moon. She lives in Middletown, New York.

Editorial Reviews

* "The protagonists of Pfeffer's novels The Dead and the Gone and Life As We Knew It join forces in this third installment of a harrowing saga set in the not so distant future. A year after the moon was thrown off course by a meteor, natural disasters and climate changes on Earth are still making mere existence a challenge...Throughout, readers will be moved by displays of compassion, strength, and faith as characters endure grim realities and face an uncertain future."  -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Palpable despair is dappled with tiny flares of hope in this third entry in Pfeffer's enthralling series about the aftereffects of a meteor strike on the Moon that has altered the earth's gravitational pull...fans of the first two will thrill to this latest and the loose ending will leave them hoping for more."  -Kirkus

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12