Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Shade of the Moon ( Life as we knew it #4 ) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Source: Edelwiess
* I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an Honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 13th, 2013
Series: Life As We Knew It #4
Edition: Ebook, 304 pgs
Genre: Young Adult/ Post Apocalyptic / Survival
Rating: 1/5

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.

I really wanted to like this one. I did. I LOVED the rest of the series. It was heart wrenching and honest and had amazing characters. The Shade of The Moon however, fell completely flat for me. 

Jon grew into a completely unlikable character. I honestly couldn't stand him, and as the story went on I liked him less and less. Even when he was trying to redeem himself.. I just didn't care. For me to enjoy a book I also need to at least kind of like the the character. They can have faults sure.. but there was pretty much nothing I liked about Jon anymore. 

It was awkward for me to go from an entire series that focused on Miranda to her barely being in the story at all. I feel like the story took a completely different turn that left me, and probably other readers thrown for a loop. 

The story felt like an unneeded addition to a series that was amazing as it was. I pretty much wish I had stopped at book #3 and let myself believe that was how it ended. Most of the time even if I didn't love the series, I push through to finish it so that I can see how it all wraps up and what happens to the characters. I really wish I hadn't with this one. 

I definitely recommend the rest of the Series. But I would pause before reading #4 :/ 

I hate rating a book 1 star, But that was my honest opinion of the book. I understand that everyone has the right to a difference of opinion, so if you read this book and enjoyed it please feel free to say so in the comments.

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.


  1. Agreed. I loved the rest of the series but this book was so difficult to read. John was majorly unlikable.

    1. Knowing people agree with me helps me get over my guilt from not loving it lol so thanks! Have you read Ashfall by Mike Mullen? That's a Survival Story in Male POV that I LOVED.


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