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Book Title: This World We Live In|
The author of the book: Susan Beth Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780547487946
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 815 KB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Date of issue: April 1st 2010
Read full description of the books This World We Live In:it's comin' to get ya!
so - this series is over, i reckon. and i'm not terribly sad to see it go. she had a golden shiny opportunity here, and she kinda blew it. you can't feel bad for her, it's like a celebrity sex scandal; the destruction was purely self-destruction.
this is why it could have been awesome:
the premise of this series is fantastic; it presents an opportunity for real scientific discussions of what the moon (if you believe in the moon) controls,and speculations on what would happen if it did indeed get knocked a little bit closer to our planet; and what the instant and eventual repercussions of this would be. this, as a survival scenario, trumps zombies, trumps plane crash, trumps military invasion of your island country.
this is why it fails:
the first book does a good job with the horrorshow aftermath - volcanoes in odd places, sun covered up by volcanic ash, tsunamis etc, but then it ignores the novelty of the situation, and becomes just another story about the end of the world and what happens to people, psychologically, but in a religious-themed after-school-special version.the interesting thing about this scenario is what happens to the earth, not what happens to the people. sheesh, recognize!
THERE WILL BE PLOT POINTS FROM HERE ON OUT - THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
"coyness is nice..."
praying is awesome, sure, but maybe go get some food in the abandoned houses, yeah? the food-gathering is so casual - every few days they will say - hey, let's go search some more houses! like it is an afterthought? no way. if you have made your decision to stay planted in the family home for the rest of your lives instead of trying to find a better place with maybe more left to it, fine, that is your decision, but search every single one of those houses thoroughly and systematically, then stockpile, don't just think that all that stuff will be there for the rest of your short, planted lives. survival 101.
the meek are not actually going to inherit the earth, and when it comes to a crisis situation, you gotta shove them out of the way and make for the canned goods because they are just going to be a praying obstacle kneeling between you and salvation. god loves prayers, but he also loves those who help themselves and are little warriors in his name.
there is just too much unbelievable stuff in this one - this is a cartoon novel. the more i think about it, the more angry i get, actually. it is going to lose a star at the end of this review.
par exemple: what is up with alex?? he was the star of book two,(even though i found him wholly unrealistic) and here he is just some shadow that kisses a girl and feels sick about it because of the whole - "promised god i would go be a monk" thing. everything is too convenient - there just happen to be the right number of boys and girls of the same age to fall in love with each other, ex-husbands are welcomed into a food-shortage situation even though they come trailing their new wife, newborn and three other heads. but it's cool - we will make it work!
there is absolutely no growth from the first to the third book - no movement. the second book is immune from this because it is just a differently-located retelling of the first, but the third book should show some progress, not just more whining about having to share canned food.
BACK TO MORE GENERAL WHINGING, WITHOUT GIVING PLOT DETAILS:
this is such a good foil to the john marsden series. this wimpy 17 year old american girl should get herself trapped in the outback à la walkabout and see how that treats her.
the more i think about this book, the more problems i have with it, especially as it compares to the marsdens. step it up, american teens; don't let them distract you with their bizarre animals and then kick your ass while you are going "awwww". give australia a workout when they come for you.
Read information about the authorSusan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948. She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains. When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer. That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors. However, it wasn't until 1970 that her first book, Just Morgan, was published. She wrote it during her last semester at New York University; since then, she has been a full-time writer for young people.
She has won numerous awards and citations for her work, which range from picture books to middle-grade and young-adult novels, and include both contemporary and historical fiction. She is also the author of the popular Portraits of Little Women series for grades 3-6, and has written a book for adults on writing for children.
To date, she has written more than 60 books. About David was awarded the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award. The Year Without Michael is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award; it was also named by the American Library Association as one of the hundred best books for teenagers written between 1968-1993.
When she is not working, she enjoys watching movies, both new and old, and collecting movie memorabilia, reading biographies and histories, and eating foods that are bad for her. She lives in Middletown, New York, with her two cats, Alexander and Emily.
Named the American Library Associations Young Adult Library Services Association Best Book for Young Adults 2007 and Teens’ Top Ten Booklist in 2007. Finalist for the Andre Norton Award, Quill Awards, Hal Clement Awards
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