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The Shade of the Moon (Life As We Knew It Series Book 4) by [Pfeffer, Susan Beth]
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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

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"Action-packed and completely unpredictable, this latest will be widely anticipated by the series' many fans."
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"Pfeffer's well-written take on what life might be as it returns to 'normal' is sometimes brutal and always depressingly real."
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Product Details

  • File Size: 6226 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AUZS5MU
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By Kathy Cunningham TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2013
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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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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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PJV Quickie: Susan Beth Pfeffer's much anticipated fourth installment in her "The Last Survivors" series, was highly anticipated by this reader, but unfortunately wasn't all that I had expected. We ended the third book with hope and the fourth book just crushed that right out of me. I think this fourth book was probably a mistake for the series, I was excited to hear the Pfeffer was writing another Survivors novel, but upon reading it, I was disappointed. The first three books were so good and this one just blew that all to smithereens.

REVIEW: THE SHADE OF THE MOON is from Jon's point of view, Jon is Miranda's younger brother and was always shown as a bit selfish in the other three books. While mom and sister are starving to death, Jon is complaining about his food portions. His mom continually sacrificed for him, including right up to the end, but the child never seemed to realize what those sacrifices meant and showed very little gratitude. I'm explaining this to you, because it is what my frame-of-mind was, when I went into this book. Now you have Jon a few years later, in high school and living it up in what is call The Clavers area of his new town.

The Clavers are basically the privileged few, they have their town sectioned off with purification in all the apartments and houses and each Claver has domestics that serve them. Jon and Lisa were allowed entry into the Enclave, with the baby Gabe, because of the passes that Alex had picked up in New York city in the second novel. Miranda, Laura and Alex all sacrifice so new mom Lisa, young tween Jon and baby Gabe can live a better life.
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Book #57 Read in 2013
The Shade of the Moon (YA) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This is the fourth book in the series that began with the book Life as We Knew It. I loved the first two books in this series and the third one was good. I did not know until recently that a fourth book was coming out, so when I had a chance to grab it to review, I had to get a copy.

In this book, two years have passed since book 3. Jon is living with his stepmother Lisa and his half brother Gabe in a better town than White Birch--where his mother, sister Miranda and brother in law Alex are still living in poverty. Jon has food to eat, clean air to breathe and attends a decent school. He has begun to take this all for granted until he meets Sarah, the new girl, who questions why everyone should not have these things. Jon and Sarah fall for each other but he has to be careful that he doesn't break the rules by taking her side. During the book, Jon realizes what the true priorities are but that does not happen without great cost.

I enjoyed this installment in the series. This book bounced the series back in my estimation. It had action, romance, and a plot that kept me riveted from start to finish. The ending leaves enough of an opening that a book five could happen....and I hope it does.

I received this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a review.

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