This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Things get crazy in this continuation of the story that began with Life As We Knew It and The Dead And The Gone, but it doesn’t really matter. Too many people die, too many people fall in love, and too many people have no idea what’s going on, that it doesn’t make any difference what anybody does. When it doesn’t matter which character dies, or which character gets married, or what happens when a decision is made, there’s no reason to go on. A fast read, but not a worthwhile one. The series would have been stronger if it had finished after book two and we didn’t find out what happened.
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 two brothers spend their days scavenging for food and household items, while their mother stays at home and desperately tries to hold on to the ordinary activities of their previous life. But they all know that nothing is truly normal in this surreal new world they live in.
The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to live, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.