This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Readers met Miranda in the companion novel Life As We Knew It; this story picks up a bit after that one ends. She, her mom, and two brothers are still living in their suburban Pennsylvania home, and they are still doing all they can to survive. Life has gotten a bit better now that they receive weekly bags of food, but they know that this could stop at any time.
Unexpectedly, Miranda’s father, step-mother, and baby half-sister turn up at the house. With them are three people they had traveled with and have grown close to. Two of these people are Alex and his sister Julie—readers met them in the other companion novel The Dead and the Gone. The group had met each other in one of the ‘safe camps’ that are scattered around the country. The group decides to stay near Miranda’s house until they can come up with a better plan. While the group is nearby, Miranda and Alex fall in love, which makes Alex’s decision to leave with Julie even harder to follow through with.
This book, like the other two, made me uneasy about what the world would be like if a meteor really did hit the moon, but all of the characters are very brave. Those interested in this book might want to read Life As We Knew It first, followed by The Dead and the Gone, and then this one.
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