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Friday, 18 June 2010

Review: This World We Live In

Author: Susan Pfeffer
Release date: May 2010 UK
Genre: Dystopia, Apocalyptic fiction
Target audience: 13+

Summary from Amazon:
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 neighbours are dead, the landscape is frozen and food is increasingly scarce. Miranda and her family are on the edge. And then a small party of survivors arrives on their doorstep, threatening to stretch supplies to dangerous limits. Alex Morales is amongst them, and he and Miranda must put aside their differences in order to fight for food - with all of the odds against them...

Review:
This World We Live In has left me feeling more than a little disturbed. If you thought things were looking up at the end of Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone, you were very wrong. Perhaps some of the physical changes to the world have ceased but the mental and emotional ramifications for the survivors live on. How people react to an ever worsening existence where there is not enough food to go around and no social infrastructure has left me almost speechless. I am disturbed...

I am going to keep this review spoiler free and very short because so much of what I got from this story was the result of not having even the slightest inkling of what was going to happen. I would not want to ruin that intense and dramatic experience for you.

We are back with Miranda's diary as she picks up her pen again to start documenting the changes to the world and to her family. Her story and Alex Morales's story come together in This World We Live In. There are new characters introduced to us through Miranda's eyes and I wanted to reach out to each one. You want to comfort them and tell them there will be a future but the truth is I wasn't sure there was going to be one. When is a future really a future? Is it when there is a path to follow? Is it when there is hope to live a better life? Is it as simple as waking up every day and it being tomorrow? So many questions...

I finally feel that I am over my apocalyptic phase. Now I have read this series I feel a little more prepared if the world ever comes to an end. I know the worse and I don't ever want to face it. This book makes you confront your own humanity. Oh my, I don't know how else to explain the warring emotions that I'm left with. It is a tiny feeling of hope and a huge amount of shock, disgust, fear and admiration. I am in awe of Susan Pfeffer. To write a book that goes where this one does, well, it takes a brave person. This World We Live In is a mind-blowingly traumatising book and as such you must read it!

13 comments:

Sasha said...

Brilliant, thoughtful review! I don't really like reading depressing books as I only read for pleasure so tend to stick to the more happy stuff :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Ooo I love it. I love books that make me feel more prepared.

Lauren said...

Wow! I've obviously been meaning to pick this one up, but your review has made me want to go out and buy it right this second. I'm definitely intrigued to find out what's made you so disturbed and conflicted.

Kate said...

Fantastic review. I read this one this week and absolutely loved it.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I picked this up in a bookshop the other day because of your previous review. The whole series looks great. Thank you for bringing these books to my attention!

Becky said...

Sasha, yep I can understand why you would want to read to feel good rather than disturbed.

Juju, I really think you should try the first book and see how you get on.

Lauren, YOU MUST READ IT NOW! You will love the dark and disturbing finale :-)

Kate, Thanks!!! I shall be off to read your review when I have caught up on commenting here.

Luisa, wow! You bought one of the books. This is truly very exciting for me indeed. I wonder if you will like the apocalyptic feel. Ooh...

Shweta said...

I had the exact same feelings about this book. It was disturbing and shocking but yet hopeful. I was definitely scared out of my wits during the tornado sequence !

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Fantastic review, Becky! I really loved the first two (even though they freaked me out!) so I have to get this. After your review, I don't feel I have a choice!

Ayesha said...

fantastic review.....my book list has grown since dropping by your blog hehe

Becky said...

Shweta, I always think there should be more books with tornados in them. There should be a website which recommends books with certian weather conditions LOL

Sophie, Yay! I really hope you do Sophie because I thought it was an excellent finale!

Ayesha, Awww...it is lovely to have you comment. I am wondering if you are usually a lurker...? Only too happy to add to your list of books to read :-)

Splendibird said...

I just got the first two books in this series out of the library (and have this one on reserve) as I quite fancied a bit of post-apocolypse doom and gloom. I hadn't read any reviews of them and just thought they looked interesting. Your review couldn't have been more timely as now I am really intrigued. Great post!

Becky said...

Splendibird, you have made such a good choice! You will love them.

I Want To Read That said...

It's looking at me from my shelf mocking me! Actually, I've been a bit scared to read it in case I don't love it as much as the others but now I have the feeling I will love it:) Great review:)