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The Shade of the Moon: Life As We Knew It Series, Book 4 [Kindle Edition]

Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Book Description

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?

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The fourth book in the Life as We Knew It series focuses on Jon, younger brother to Miranda and friend of Julie from the previous titles. It’s four years since a meteor crashed into the moon, killing billions and changing everything. Now that things have somewhat settled down, the remains of society are stratifying. Jon is in Sexton with his stepmother and baby half-brother; because of the passes they possess, life is better. Jon’s mother, Miranda, and her husband, Alex, live nearby as grubs, the worker bees whose endlessly long days of bitterly hard labor sustain the surrounding areas. And Julie? She’s dead. In fact, it’s her pass that has allowed Jon to live in Sexton, but thanks to events surrounding her death, his privileges engender considerable guilt. Then Jon learns exactly how Julie died, and everything is turned upside down once more. The pampered and weak Jon is not a particularly likable character, but in some ways that intensifies the story, as the moral choices he makes become successively more complicated. Pfeffer’s well-written take on what life might be as it returns to “normal” is sometimes brutal and always depressingly real. Grades 7-10. --Ilene Cooper


"Action-packed and completely unpredictable, this latest will be widely anticipated by the series' many fans."


"Pfeffer's well-written take on what life might be as it returns to 'normal' is sometimes brutal and always depressingly real."

Product Details

  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0547813376
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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THE SHADE OF THE MOON is the fourth in Susan Beth Pfeffer's "The Last Survivors" series, which focuses on what happens to the world when an asteroid crashes into the moon, moving its orbit closer to Earth. The first book, LIFE AS WE KNEW IT, was Miranda Evans story of her family's devastating experiences in Pennsylvania, told through journal entries. The second book, THE DEAD AND GONE, focused on Alex Morales and his family in New York City. The third book, THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN, united both families as Miranda and Alex fell in love. Now, with THE SHADE OF THE MOON, the story continues in Tennessee, where Miranda and Alex live in a poverty-stricken town called White Birch and her younger brother Jon lives with their stepmother Lisa and her son Gabe in an "enclave" called Sexton. Billions of people have died in the four years since the asteroid hit the moon, and the world that remains is nothing at all like the one left behind. The story in this fourth installment focuses mainly on Jon's budding romance with Sarah, the daughter of the enclave's new doctor, as well as Jon's struggle to hold onto his safe place in the enclave while not betraying the rest of his family.

Apparently, society has become divided into two distinct classes - the "clavers," who live in the protected, affluent "enclaves," and the "grubs," who do the manual labor and live in "grub towns" like White Birch. Jon, Lisa, and Gabe were lucky enough to get "slips" (passes that enable them to live in an enclave town), but Alex, Miranda, and her mom Laura weren't that lucky - they are "grubs," living lives very different from the one Jon is living. Clavers have access to good food, medical care, nice homes, and education for their children.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read. August 26, 2013
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I had such a hard time with this book. "Life As We Knew It" was hands-down one of the best books I've read, it was so fresh and thought provoking and realistic. It was terrifying and heart-warming, and has stayed with me in the years since I read it. I was 25 when I read it, too, so I was far from a naive impressionable youth. The next two books that came after it were decent enough, but never quite captured the thrill of the first book. When I saw that this 4th installation was coming out I jumped at the chance to read it. At first it was exciting (and a little confusing) catching up with the characters I had come to love... and I quickly realized that this story was a departure from the others. I wish this book hadn't been written. It just ruins the perfection of the original. The society that is built in The Shade of The Moon is difficult to believe, and the character and relational development is sorely lacking. If, like me, you've read the other books and are curious to see what happens to the character you loved, please take my advice and don't get this. JUST SKIP IT. You'll be much happier with how things were at the end of the 3rd book, trust me.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Everything August 15, 2013
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I have always been a fan of Pfeffer, but I felt like this book was missing everything that made her other books special. Jon and Sarah- I am not quite sure what they see in each other, I am not even sure why they like each other! And I could never believe that America could turn into this... society in only four years. I felt like Jon was completely out of character and he acted like a rowdy teenager, but worse because he totally disrespected his family and betrayed Sarah multiple times. I stopped reading halfway because I felt like the book was going no where, I wanted to hear more about Miranda and Alex in this book, the last character I wanted to read about was selfish Jon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book August 14, 2013
I have to admit from the outset that this book just didn't do it for me as the others in the series. There was an immediate danger, suspense and poignancy about the other books that was just missing from this one. I actually had a problem getting into the book almost immediately. It just didn't hold my attention very well. At first, things were kind of confusing, and then what was happening just wasn't all that interesting at first.

I also had some problems with the characters and their connection. Jon, now living in an enclave while his family lives on the outskirts as the less desirable "grubs", just doesn't immediately seem like a likeable character. He seems to go along with whatever his friends wants, and although the author did offer the excuse for his actions that he shouldn't make waves because it might hurt his stepmother, it just wasn't enough to justify some of his actions. Although I liked Sarah, like Jon, there was just a lack of development. Their romance together was a little under-developed also, and due to some of his actions, I was surprised that Sarah even loved him.

The new society and its structure just didn't make any sense to me. It doesn't make sense that a natural disaster that nearly destroyed the world would later cause the survivors to go back to the 1800s to create a society of segregation.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this story and I can't really point to much that I enjoyed about it unfortunately. I love the author, love her writing, but this story didn't do it for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved
Loved ,loved ,loved the books 1-3 Book 4 should never have been written...
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was a very good book. There were hardly any slow parts...
I thought it was a very good book. There were hardly any slow parts and the book itself was very intriguing and mysterious.
Published 7 days ago by Colleen Hammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I was very excited when I found out there was another book in the series and I was not disappointed. I could not put the book down. Read more
Published 11 days ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Page Turner!
My husband has Alzheimer's and I am his sole caregiver. He's at the stage where I cannot leave him alone. I look forward to spending my evenings reading. Read more
Published 14 days ago by L. Erricson
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't even get through it.
I loved the first 3 books but couldn't even get through this 4th one :( It's hard to read a book where you hate the main character.
Published 17 days ago by Alyssa Stine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I love the entire series. Can't wait to see if there is a book 5. Seems very real life and grabs your attention from the start! Quick, interesting read!
Published 19 days ago by Kelly Creed
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING SERIES
This series is the best series I ever read I just can't wait for the next book if there will be one : -)
Published 24 days ago by ka-chang
3.0 out of 5 stars Picks up about half-way through . . .
Is there something wrong with me? Have I become cynical and too critical? Did becoming a writer mean death to my unadulterated enjoyment of fiction? Read more
Published 26 days ago by C. A. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars I was so happy to see another book in the series
I was happy to have the story continued in the series and i was so exited to read it .I was happy to reconnect to the characters i had to think back to the last book to remember... Read more
Published 27 days ago by june
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful study in class dynamics!
Not only is this book a riveting story, but it is also a interesting study in class dynamics. It really illustrates how hate and fear fuel discrimination and bigotry and how it can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Hayes
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SUSAN BETH PFEFFER is the author of many books for teens, including Life As We Knew It and the bestselling novel The Year Without Michael. She lives in Middletown, New York.

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