Book Review: The Shade of The Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Book 4 of The Last Survivors Series)

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 16 and up

This book is absolutely ridiculous. The author has run out of feasible plot twists and is now just scrambling for ideas on how to extend the series, but the fact of the matter is that this series is officially overdone. The entire idea of an asteroid unseating the moon was fine, but this new dystopian society and new world order seem too far of a stretch in any way.

Furthermore, all of the characters from the last three books suddenly have very different personalities, and act in unprecedented ways. Granted, this book is set two years in the future, but that isn’t any excuse to turn the main character’s brother into a psycho-rapist, arsonist, and murderer. I strongly dislike this book and would recommend readers to just stop at book two or three, where the books still have some semblance of a plot.

Miranda and Alex now live in White Birch, a town on the fringe of an enclave, also known as a safe haven from the world that the moon collision has created. People who live in the enclave are called clavers and are entitled to anything they want, including unlimited food, money, and a higher education. People who live outside of the enclave are known as grubs and do all of the manual labor that the enclave needs done, in exchange for meager rations of food and a possibility of an education for their children.

Any person who has a pass can live in the enclave, but passes have not been handed out in several years. Alex had three passes when he and Miranda originally moved to White Birch two years ago, and used them to get Miranda’s brother, step-mother, and step-brother to safety inside the enclave. Since these passes weren’t used for the people they were assigned to, the people who actually used them were called slips. They were given a social status in between clavers and grubs.

Now, Jon, Miranda’s brother, is about to graduate high school and leave the enclave, but his step-mother must pass her three-year enclave inspection first, or else her entire family will be kicked out of the enclave and forced to live as slaves like Alex and Miranda. Jon must make some difficult decisions to make sure that his step-mother and brother get to remain in the enclave, but when it comes to endangering the life of the girl he loves, he isn’t sure what he should do.

Will Jon make the right decision?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Shade of the Moon

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