Book Review: This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Book 3 of The Last Survivors)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I thought that there was a significant disconnect between this book and the first two. I understand that the author’s purpose was to connect the distinct stories from the first two book, but I think this book expects the readers to make too many jumps on their own without any explanation whatsoever for how the events occurred.

The relationships between characters also seem extremely forced and unnatural given the circumstances of the world that they live in and I feel like this book focuses too much on romantic relationships and less on the fact that the world is ending. The end of the book leaves the reader with too many unanswered questions and seems like just a quick way to wrap up another novel.


Miranda, her mother, and her brothers are surviving on food they find in the houses around them and the weekly deliveries of food, but eventually even that food begins to run out as the sun slowly disappears behind a thick layer of ash in the atmosphere. They have to find another way to feed themselves and fast.

Miranda’s brothers then make the week-long trip to a river that is supposedly still full of fish, and miraculously return with enough fish to last the four of them at least a month. It seems like everything is going well, but then Miranda’s father and step-mom arrive with four others, increasing the number of people in Miranda’s house to ten.

After deceiving the man handing out food and making a few more trips to the river, everything seems to be going okay; nobody is starving and Miranda even has a new step-brother who was a miracle among this apocalypse. Miranda also starts falling in love with Alex, a boy who arrived with her step-mother, but is devastated when he announces plans to leave her family in search of a better place.

When Alex asks her to go with him, will Miranda say yes?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: This World We Live In (Life As We Knew It Series)

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