REVIEW: The Shade of the Moon (Last Survivors #4) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Shade of the MoonRating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Apocalyptic Fiction, Pages: 288, Reading Level: Easy

Book Description:

The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever.

It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

Shade of the Moon is a quick, fun, post-apocalyptic fiction novel.

The scenario in this series comes about as a result of a natural disaster. Unfortunately, I read its predecessors before I began writing reviews, so it’s been awhile and I don’t remember as much detail as I should.

One of the problems about a series is if you read them as they are released, there could be a lot of time in between the books, thus the whole not remembering as much as you should thing- take note George R.R. Martin!

If I remember correctly, Life as We Knew It is about one family. The Dead and the Gone is about a different family. In This World We Live In, these two families merge and then we finally arrive at The Shade of the Moon, which is a couple of years after the events in This World We Live In at the end of which the families arrive at an enclave.

Shade of the Moon has a slight dystopian feel to it. We see a little bit about how the enclave is run along with the settlements on the outside, basically the slums where the lower level workers live. There are other enclaves scattered around the country, each with a different class level of inhabitants and I hope the series continues because I would love to get more into the political set up of this new world.

Since it had been awhile since I finished the third installment, I spent a little time at the beginning trying to remember how all the characters connected, but it didn’t negatively affect my reading experience.

Last Survivors is a young adult series and does not really have a lot of discussion points; it’s pretty much an entertainment only book. The Shade of the Moon is a well written, fast read and if you are looking for a light, quick read, I definitely recommend the entire series.

Reviewed by Christina
July 1, 2014

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