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“Fantastic. In some ways, it was better than the first. There was more death, the story line was, in some ways, sadder. Though there was less emphasis on the hunger, which, while less annoying, also made the book feel less real. In Life as we Knew It, there was something completely believable...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is the seocend book to life as we knew it. This book takes place in New york city but it follows Alex. He has two younger sisters but his dad is away from them. Meteroids hit the moon which that made the weather turn into a nightmarid. He knows his dad is died and thinks his mom is dad since she was at work. So its just him taking care of his two sisters. It almost the same as life as we knew it ”Sanjuana Payan wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“enjoyed the audio version of this book just as much as reading it.”samccarthy wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Alex is a 17 year boy living a normal Puerto Rican-American life working and studying until an asteroid decides to hit the moon and bring it closer to the earth. Sence the moon controls most of the earths weather huge tsunamis and natural distasters. This book describes the apocalyptic "end of the world".”Osii Styles (yes im this corny) wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Still unrealistic, in my opinion, but a great read.”Audra C wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this for English class! Absolutely loved it! Though I cried a bit at the ending when Bri dies. Never would you think she would. ”Juleene B. wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A little slow first but a great read!”Jaiden E wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After an asteroid knocks the moon out of its orbit and closer to the Earth, conditions in New York City quickly deteriorate. High school junior Alex Morales is unaware of what’s happened, but when he gets home from his job at the pizza parlor the electricity goes out. There he finds his two younger sisters alone in the apartment. Their father was out of town for a funeral. Their mother, like all medical personnel, had been called into work at the hospital. Thus begins their long ordeal, with Alex assuming the role of head of household, though barely more than a child himself.
Told mostly from Alex’s point of view the reader sees him struggle to make decisions far beyond his level of maturity. But he’s very resourceful and a born leader. Carefully building alliances with those who might be able to help, he keeps the family situation a secret as long as possible, and does everything possible to ensure that he and his sisters survive.
I liked this sequel to Life As We Knew It somewhat better than the first book. Yes, there are still gross errors and omissions. (Does no one think of stockpiling toilet paper? Tampons?) But I connected to Alex and his sisters and thought that they were written as fairly accurate portrayals of kids their age. The Catholic Church certainly fares better in this book than the religious sect in the first book – while some of the clergy are harsh and seemingly without compassion, in general they do more to help the parishoners than to punish them.
There were several instances in the last third of the book when I was in tears. I felt as frustrated and helpless as Alex, and cheered for his continued determination. The ending leaves the door open for continued sequels, which I find a little annoying, but certainly understandable in this genre.
“Okay, I am seriously going to have to stop reading these very realistic apocalypse stories! This is my third in a month, and I am starting to freak out.
The second in The Last Survivors trilogy, I was not as ... tense ... as I read this one (probably since, like I said, it's the third I have read in quick succession). However, I was more invested in these characters, once I got into the storyline, over those in book one.
While I liked the maturation of Miranda over the course of the first book, as well as the fierce protection of the mother for her children, the characters here seemed to be more real to me. Alex is a 17 year old boy whose parents and older brother are gone, leaving him responsible for his two younger sisters. Julie is a pain in the rear brat, but she (like Miranda) matures throughout the novel nicely and very believably. Bri, the older of the two girls has her head in the clouds, and while she is calm in the beginning, her denial of everything and Pollyanna attitude become grating as the story goes on.
There was a heavy dose of religion in this one. The characters relied heavily on their faith, their religious leaders and prayer to get them through the most trying times. I found this to be very refreshing in that it was not in any way demeaning, ridiculed or taken lightly. Faith is central to many, many people and the portrayal here was very nicely done.
This is a very compelling storyline, an extremely clever way to write it, and I am looking forward to the third and final book.
“Interesting - its not a sequel to the first, but more of a companion piece, the same disaster as in book one, but from a different point of view.”KerryLC wrote this review Monday, February 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The 2nd book in the Last Survivor series, we follow the story of 17-year old Alex Morales, a devout Catholic student whose promising future is dashed when a meteor hits the moon, sending it closer to Earth and causing catastrophic natural disasters. With both his parents gone and presumed dead, he is left to care for his two younger sisters and pray they all survive. As the days grow colder and food more scarce, the ordeal tests Alex's faith in humanity and God.
The first book, Life As We Knew It, made an impact on me and because of that, I wasn't as invested in this story. I felt like I'd already lived through this once with Miranda, I wanted a continuance to see how much the world had changed. If the book were more about the 2nd year after the meteor hit and what people were now dealing with, I think I would have enjoyed it better. I know there is a third book in the series, but if it's another recap from a different perspective, I don't think I'll bother.”