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

Paperback | April 18, 2011

bySusan Beth Pfeffer

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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.

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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...

Susan Beth Pfeffer is the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times best-selling novel Life 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, and The Shade of the Moon . She lives in Middletown, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.99 × 7.6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 18, 2011Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547550286

ISBN - 13:9780547550282

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The dead and the gone. 2 Another good one
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Life As We Knew It - 2 I hate it when an Author rehashes the same story from a different viewpoint. This was a waste of time and money. Write a new story instead of trying to make money without effort or creativity.
Date published: 2014-06-06
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 4 out of 5 by from Good but abrupt ending I love this series but I'm really disappointed with the ending, I really wish it was more positive
Date published: 2013-07-17
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 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 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

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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, blocking out sunlight, causing famine and epidemics. All because the moon’s gravitational pull was a little bit stronger than before.   "What’s sunlight?" she asked.   That was when the dream turned into a nightmare. I wanted to describe sunlight, only I couldn’t remember what the sky looked like before the ash blocked everything. I couldn’t remember blue sky or green grass or yellow dandelions. I remembered the words—green, yellow, blue—but you could have put a color chart in front of me, and I would have said red for blue and purple for yellow. The only color I know now is gray, the gray of ash and dirt and sadness.   It’s been less than a year since everything changed, less than a year since hunger and darkness and death have become so commonplace, but I couldn’t remember what life—life the way I used to know it—had been like. I couldn’t remember blue.   But there was Baby Rachel, or Little Girl Rachel, in her little girl’s room, asking me about how things were, and I looked at her, and she wasn’t Baby Rachel anymore. She was me. Not me at five. Me the way I was a year ago, and I thought, That can’t be. I’m here, on the bed, telling my half sister a bedtime story. And I got up (I think this was all the same dream, but maybe it wasn’t; maybe it was two dreams and I’ve combined them), and I walked past a mirror. I looked to make sure I was really me, but I looked like Mrs. Nesbitt had when I found her lying dead in her bed last fall. I was an old woman. A dead old woman.   It probably was two dreams, since I don’t remember Baby Rachel after the part where I got up. Not that it matters. Nothing matters, really. What difference does it make if I can’t picture blue sky anymore? I’ll never see it again, anyway, or yellow dandelions or green grass. No one will, nowhere on Earth. None of us, those of us who are still lucky enough to be alive, will ever feel the warmth of the sun again. The moon’s seen to that.   But horrible as the dreams were, they weren’t what woke me. It was a sound.   At first I couldn’t quite place it. I knew it was a sound I used to hear, but it sounded alien. Not scary, just different.   And then I figured out what the sound was. It was rain. Rain hitting against the roof of the sunroom.   The temperature’s been warming lately, I guess because it’s spring. But I couldn’t believe it was rain, real rain, and not sleet. I tiptoed out of the sunroom and walked to the front door. All our windows are covered with plywood except for one in the sunroom, but it’s nighttime and too dark to see anything anyway, unless you open the door.   It really is rain.   I don’t know what it means that it’s raining. There was a drought last summer and fall. We had a huge snowstorm in December and then another one later on, but it’s been too cold and dry for rain.   I probably should have woken everyone up. It may never rain again. But I have so few chances to be alone. The sunroom is the only place in the house with heat, thanks to the firewood Matt and Jon spent all summer and fall chopping. We’re in there together day and night.   I know I should be grateful that we have a warm place to live. I have a lot to be grateful for. We’ve been getting weekly food deliveries for a month now, and Mom’s been letting us eat two meals a day. I’m still hungry, but nothing like I used to be. Matt’s regained the strength he lost from the flu, and I think Jon’s grown a little bit. Mom’s gotten back to being Mom. She insists we clean the house as best we can every day and pretend to do some schoolwork. She listens to the radio every evening so we have some sense of what’s happening in other places. Places I’ll never get to see.   I haven’t written in my diary in a month. I used to write all the time. I stopped because I felt like things were as good as they were ever going to get, that nothing was going to change again.   Only now it’s raining.   Something’s changed.   And I’m writing again.

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 "