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The Compulsive Reader: The Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

A couple of years ago, Susan Beth Pfeffer came out with Life As We Knew It, a fascinating novel that imagines a world in which a meteor has struck the moon and pushed it closer to Earth. Catastrophes and post-apocalyptic like events ensue as volcanoes erupt, flooding along shores occurs, and people are left without food, clean water. and electricity. Life As We Knew It follows the diary entries of Miranda, a sixteen-year-old living in a small town in Pennsylvania as she and her mother and brothers do their best to prepare for and survive the coming winter when their safe, small hometown has been drastically altered.

The Dead and the Gone is the story of Alex Morales, a sixteen-year-old New Yorker whose parents were both lost in the chaos immediately following the moon's displacement, and who finds himself responsible for his two younger sisters. Both stories are riveting and oftentimes horrifically imaginative as each teen is affected in very different ways, and each book explores themes of humanity, love, and resilience.

I was very, very happy to discover the other day that Pfeffer is continuing the series with This World We Live In, in which Alex and Miranda's paths cross.

Here's the official summary:

"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."

I can't wait for this one, and am seriously envying those with advance copies! It will be released on April 1st, and I swear that date can't come soon enough! In the mean time, I will be rereading the first two.

Have you read this series yet? What did you think? If you haven't picked up Life As We Knew It, I definitely urge you to do so!

Edited to add: If you'd like to read my review of This World We Live In, click here. I was really, really disappointed with the conclusion of this trilogy. For those of you who read it, what do you think?

UPDATE AS OF 6-5-13! There is a fourth book in the series! It's called The Shade of the Moon, and it will be out on August 13th, 2013! Here is the summary:

"The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever. It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?"
And to read about her newest book, Blood Wounds, click here!

26 comments:

ritaskellington said...

I've read both of them, and now that a new one is coming out, I'm even MORE excited to see what's coming. the first two were fantastic, and so realistic. I hope now that because she falls in love, it isn't too cliche.

LovesSam said...

I haven't read any of this series, but they all sound fab!!!

Sarah said...

If you sign up at netgalley.com, you can get an e-version of the new book to read in advance.

Donna Gambale said...

I can't wait to read these! Thanks for letting us know.

Kelsey said...

I loved Life as We Knew It and was lucky enough to get an ARC of This World We Live In, so I need to get caught up by reading The Dead and The Gone soon :)

Meg said...

oh I had no idea it had BOTH miranda and alex in this one!!
yay I am so excited! I'm gonna read this in a day and then give it to my little sister. she loves the series too

Jenny said...

I loved Life as We Knew It. It's out there, but yet so real...made me want to get a wood stove!

Ms. Yingling said...

After I read The Dead and the Gone, I bought about forty jars of peanut butter to keep in the basement. Didn't stock up on alcohol, though-- didn't want people to talk.Really looking forward to the third book, and since we're almost out of peanut butter, I guess I can read it!

Meg said...

I read Life As We Knew It last year and it was incredible -- easily one of the most terrifying, moving, effective books I've ever read. Because it totally wrecked me and messed with my head for so long, though, I haven't picked up the second book in the series yet! I definitely will, though... just need some more time to calm down, haha :)

A and Z said...

I loved Life As We Knew It and was ecstatic to find out that it was part of a series.
-A and Z
http://azbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Debbie's World of Books said...

I love this series! Book 1 was my favorite. But I still enjoyed books 2 & 3.

kanishk said...

can't wait to read these! Thanks for letting us know.

Work from home India

Lisa R said...

I've read all three books and found them totally captivating. I hope there will be yet more in this series.

Mateusz said...

All of the parts are fantastic but the last part "The world we live in is very sad when Juile gets pills from Miranda :(

Leah said...

These books are amazing! I have become obsessed with them. I have only read the first two but I can't wait to read the third!

Anonymous said...

OMG i first read This World We Live In, and soon found out there is a part 1 and 2, i went back to the library to check them out and one word...
FANTASTIC<3

Anonymous said...

I think the first book is amazing, but I don't think I will be able to read the rest of them. It just makes me so depressed, I don't think I could handle it. The idea is great, though. Great work.

Anonymous said...

Which book is first im not sure

The Compulsive Reader said...

Life as We Know It, The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In.

Anonymous said...

I loved the series, very good and detailed.However the violence is very toned down.

Carrie said...

***SPOILER***I just wish there was more to it. So much time was spent in that house and I wish that when they finally left she would have told us more about their adventure. I was really hoping that by the time the books were done she would have told us what the scientists came up with to fix the problem. Still, a very interesting read!!

Anonymous said...

I love this series. Please, please make a movie. I am a 41 year old mother of 2 and i found this series through my daughter. I was so desperate for something to read I started reading my daughter's book and could not put it down. I just finished reading Life As We Knew It for the second time.

Anonymous said...

i love the series! I am trying to get all three, any idea where they sell them?? :)

brendon welch said...

I just know got done reading the last book and I was almost crying. I was 15 when I read book 1 and that was amazing. I got Book 2 when I was 16 and it was scary and said when bri died, I have azthma and I can some what relait. Book 3 was good I wish the twister part was longer but the pills sean almost made me to cyr. I think the ather needs to right alex's verson of the story becase I whud love to find out more of what hapend to him

Anonymous said...

This world we live in is an awsome book i just wished my teacher didnt give me the last book first

Mama Clegg said...

Love the series. Cant wait for the next one.