Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ARC Preview: This World We live In (Moon 3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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(Left is the US cover/to the right is the UK cover and linked for Amazon paperback pre-purchase for both)

Spoiler Alert! This is the third in the series. If you have not read the first or second, then skip to the first book at the bottom of this page – to Life As We Knew It. While only containing very slight spoilers, they are there.

Amazon Book Stats:

  • Reading level: Young Adult – recommended age 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547248040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547248042
  • Genre: (Post) Apocalyptic – Sci Fi

    Book Info:

    This is the third in the series and it's been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth's climate. For Miranda Evans life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce.

    The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda's father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda's complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

    Pre-purchasing links for The World We Live In at Amazon are US/UK/Canada, and The Book Depository in Euro/AUD.


    The Dead and Gone (Moon 2)

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    Book Info:

    Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.

    With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

    Purchasing links for The Dead and The Gone from Amazon are US/UK/Canada, and The Book Depository Euro/AUD.


    Life As We Knew It (Moon 1)

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    (US cover left/2 different UK cover with Amazon paperback links to right – which one is your favorite?)

    Book Info:

    It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.

    Purchasing links for Amazon are US/UK/Canada, and The Book Depository Euro/AUD.


    Author Bio:


    SUSAN BETH PFEFFER's first two apocalyptic novels, Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone, were widely praised by reviewers as action-packed, thrilling, and utterly terrifying. Life As We Knew It received numerous starred reviews and honors and was nominated for many state awards. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Middletown, New York.

    Connect with the author at her blog.


    The newest book was received via the publisher by my request from Net Galley for review. The other two are borrowed from the local library.

    Reviews coming soon! I am almost done with the second in the series and both are very good young adult novels. Highly recommended at this point. Thanks for reading Layers of Thought.


    Andrea said...

    LOVE the first two book so I really need to get my hands on the third one. Can't wait!

    Oh and I like the US covers the best.

    Unknown said...

    Andrea -
    Yes they are really good... I've devoured them both.

    I like all the covers - but I think the big moon says it all. Its so fun to see the differences. I just wonder why they feel the need to do that?
    Food for thought...

    Go and sign up at Netgalley. Its great!

    Jennay and Luke the Pup said...

    I really want to read Life as We Knew it

    Unknown said...

    Jenn-ay -
    I will be starting it tonight. Did you read the first two in the series?

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