The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Spoiler Alert ** I had a hard time rating this book.

The Shade of the MoonTitle:  The Shade of the Moon
Author:  Susan Beth Pfeffer
SeriesThe Last Survivors Book 04
Publish Date:  August 13, 2013
Genre:  YA Dystopian/Post-Apocolyptic
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe 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?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

On the one hand, I love that the author decided to jump on the dystopian bandwagon and create a post-apocalyptic society. Like many great dystopians out there, it had the themes of the “poor vs. rich crowd,” economic turmoil, and plenty of violence to go around. I enjoyed the intensity of the story and the emotions that Jon felt after his mother’s death, how he discovered love with Sarah, and how he comes to terms with forgiveness – within himself and for his family, especially Miranda. The author always does such a great job expressing those feelings and making readers feel for the characters.

On the other hand, some of it was unbelievable. I wish the world-building would have been better because I think that would have really improved the story visualization. I had a hard time understanding the flow of the enclave and the whole grubs vs. clavers vs. other regular people? At the beginning the most, then I just gave up and went with the flow.

Yes, Jon was an asshole at times and not at others, but dealing with the shit he’s been through, I don’t exactly blame him. He’s been practically raised to be spoiled and then he joins the Stockton enclave and he’s in the higher-up class and so therefore, he feels entitled compared to his “grub” family. I wasn’t fond of Ruby or her sister, and I feel like the author should have focused on building up the world more than the characters, since the majority of them we’ve already met.

badge3v4All in all it was a good ending to a series, though she always hints that there may be more. Guess we’ll see!

Our reviews in this series…

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try The Line by Teri Hall, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, and Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony.


About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

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