Saturday, January 23, 2010

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer - Review

Remember how everything changed after the meteor hit the moon and knocked it out of orbit? Did you wonder whether Miranda, Alex, or any of their families survived? This World We Live In is set a year later, when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with their baby, and three strangers (and yes, two of them are Alex and Julie Morales).

The world has not improved. There is no medicine, very little food, sporadic electricity, and terrible weather conditions. They question how to feed all these extra mouths but want to keep everyone close, to know where they are. They look at the baby and see hope for the future and know they will do anything to make sure he and his mother are safe.

Alex and Julie are drawn to each other but it’s complicated by Alex’s plans for his and Julie’s future, plans he doesn’t want to change.

I don’t want to tell you more, I just want you to read the book and come and talk to me about it. Pfeffer has remained true to her vision and to her previous books. She has not compromised, nor wavered, and takes on enormous issues head-on: Who do you consider family? Who would you trust to look after your loved ones if you can’t? Can love conquer all? Where do your obligations really lie? This is an incredible book: powerful, intense, terrifying. I read it one sitting. You will too (and will be talking about it long after you turn the last page - I am).

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