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...
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!