“It is so rare for me to read an entire series - I simply do not have the time to spare if I want to read as widely as possible to serve my patrons. This, however, was a guilty addiction I could not keep away from, and I am only glad that there are no more, because if there were, I would be...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Honestly, I didn't get through this one. This is the 4th installment of the series, and it's two years after the last book ends. The focus now is on Jon, and he isn't that likeable of a character. I couldn't get through it knowing there was so much other stuff I wanted to read. While I didn't...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I was very excited to hear that this book was coming out, but I really ended up struggling with reading it. A part of me feels bad for the rating I am giving it, but I really struggled with finishing this one up because it really went to a dark place that I was not uncomfortable.
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, the earlier books were told from the perspectives of two teens: Miranda, who lived in Pennsylvania, and Alex, who lived in New York City. They got to see the world pushed to the end of climate destruction after a comet hits the moon, pushing it into a lower orbit around earth. This leads to massive earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other ecological disasters that bring humankind into a deep winter and a food shortage.
With this newest book, two years have past since the climate strike. The survivors have started pulling together into enclaves, but the tough times have pulled out the darkest of our behaviors because people are still fighting over very limited resources. Our new protagonist is Jon, Miranda's younger brother. He has moved to Sexton, Georgia with his step-mother and half-brother. His father was lost, like so many others, in the months prior. His mother, along with Miranda and Alex, have found themselves settling into a nearby poorer community.
This places Jon and his divided family right in the center of a cultural divide that is a new caste system. Those in Sexton live in large houses, have just about everything they need for an easy life, and even hire those from the the nearby community to work as servants. The division goes even further than it would first seem as not only are Miranda and those who live nearby treated as lesser people little better than slaves, it seems like the people of Sexton feel free to do whatever they want to the other people, including setting fire to schools, attacking them, and even killing them.
The earlier books definitely focused much more on the Man against Nature theme, but the events in the book really paint humanity very darkly, highlighting our coarsest and most selfish natures. All of our characters have fallen into a routine that really doesn't draw on the benefits of community, but on people pushing others down for their own benefit.
In all fairness, the storytelling is definitely just as good as it was in the three earlier volumes in the series. The characters are also very richly drawn. I did feel a bit overwhelmed by all the guilt everyone seemed to feel, particularly with Jon, from actions that were done in earlier books. At the same time, the characters continued to not necessarily improve.
I really wanted to see where the characters continued to go after the earlier books, but things have gone so dismal that I wish I hadn't. If there are to be any more books, I don't know that I will be able to read them because this was SO FREAKING DEPRESSING!”
“I didn't even know there was a fourth book to this series. It was an interesting addition, keeping up with the same characters, but now told from Jon's point of view. ”Danielle Benich wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book managed to make Jon even more unlikable than Miranda was in the first book of the series. The last third of the book picked up and finally had me rooting for him.”Kelly R wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is so rare for me to read an entire series - I simply do not have the time to spare if I want to read as widely as possible to serve my patrons. This, however, was a guilty addiction I could not keep away from, and I am only glad that there are no more, because if there were, I would be reading them.”Karen Sterling, Librarian wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Honestly, I didn't get through this one. This is the 4th installment of the series, and it's two years after the last book ends. The focus now is on Jon, and he isn't that likeable of a character. I couldn't get through it knowing there was so much other stuff I wanted to read. While I didn't mind the 3rd installment, I think if people read just the first book they would be perfectly happy. Maybe I read them all too close together?”Colleen LeComte wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The fourth in the moon survivor series. This is told from the perspective of Miranda's younger brother, Jon. It takes and interesting take on society where there are grubs and enclaves that are socially divided. ”Clara Dourm wrote this review Sunday, November 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i wasn't expecting a fourth book in this series but it was quite a pleasant surprise. ”samccarthy wrote this review Wednesday, October 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is life; It throws you for a loop, making you feel happy one moment, angry the next. I felt so deeply while reading this book; I can hardly find words to express what i felt.”FaeMorgana wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Had such a hard time believing the story line of this one. Not the base plot which is the moon has moved closer- disrupting completely life on Earth (I get that and that is why I want so much to like it). It is this story of "2 years after the fact". Our main characters from previous books have arrived at a successful surviving town. Jon has made it on the prized school soccer team, and his success on the field dictates the standing of his family. The boys on the team are the kings of the town. Literally. Special privileges and all that. These survival towns have a caste system of sorts- which I can see happening. But the fact that resources are so limited and yet it doesn't jive that gas, water, energy, etc would be wasted on a soccer team...
More to the story, but still. ”
This book takes place about 3 years after the events of This World We Live In, and 4 after Life As We Knew It and The Dead And The Gone. It’s told from the 3rd person perspective of Jon, Miranda’s younger brother. There are a lot of events we missed out on in-between the 3rd book and this book. I think I would of preferred the 4th book to be set right after the 3rd book, and maybe this could have been book 5. I’m a bit disappointed.
This book is very different from the other three because the characters are all in Sexton, Tennessee living in or near an enclave. Clavers and Grubs. Jon’s a Claver because he has Julie pass (Alex’s sister, she died in book 3). Grubs are laborers. Clavers are kind of jerks to the grub. It seems kind of extreme that grub would be treated so poorly after only less that four years since the enclaves were set up. Can society really change so fast? I guess in order to survive they do what they have to, but why treat White Pines like it’s the wrong side of the tracks? It just seems to soon for these social classes to develop. Or maybe it’s just a Tennessee town folk thing.
I don’t like that this book is from John perspective. Living in Sexton has spoiled him and turned him to a bit of a jerk. He goes to the high school, and plays soccer. He doesn’t work hard or fight for survival like he did in Life As We Knew It. I miss Miranda’s perspective/diary. In this book she’s apparently married to Alex and pregnant. I know that didn’t happen in book 3, and I still hate that this is years later.
Despite all of that, this book wasn’t boring. The writing is good and descriptive. It all flows well. The world building is okay. It’s not as thrilling or scary as the 1st two books were. There aren’t any more natural disasters. The sun is still blocked out by ash, but thing have settled down. There’s a lot more focus on how society is surviving and getting along. There’s still sickness, and it’s kind of like they reverted back to the 1800s. But, they do have air purification systems in Claver homes, and they build greenhouses and have food. The world is far from perfect, but people are living.
There was a little bit of romance between Jon and a girl named Sarah, but not much. The book didn’t become truly exciting or thrilling until part three of the book. That’s when Jon leaves Sexton, but that’s all I’ll tell you. I really made up for the slowness of the first half. So, Life As We Knew It fans, hang in there!
I recommend this book and series if you liked Ashfall by Mike Mullin. Yellowstone did blow up because of the moon in this book series, so there were a lot of similar events. Also, if you liked The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, or any other dystopian book, really. I loved Life As We Knew It, so start with that book. I read it before I ever heard of the dystopian genera (I just called it post apocalyptic), back when it first came out. It’s a good book with great characters. The 2nd book has a different set of character, and the 3rd book merges both sets of characters. This book took those characters further into the future, and continued their story. There’s no doubt in my mind that there will be a 5th book.
Cover Art Review: I love the colors on this cover. There’s a moon on it like all the other books, and it’s embossed. The photo of the town looks kind of like an old black and white photograph. The resolution on it doesn’t look so great. But the cover overall is great.