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The Shade of the Moon

Pfeffer, Susan Beth (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Shade of the Moon

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"Jon Evans is one of the lucky ones--until he realizes that escaping his safe haven may be the only way to truly survive"--
Authors: Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
Title: The shade of the moon
Publisher: Boston :, Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2013]
Characteristics: 288 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Inside front flap: "The riveting conclusion to the 'Life as we knew it' series." This series is also known as "Mon crash series" and/or "The last survivors series" (cf. Wikipedia).
Includes discussion questions.
Summary: "Jon Evans is one of the lucky ones--until he realizes that escaping his safe haven may be the only way to truly survive"--
ISBN: 9780547813370
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Subject Headings: Natural disasters Fiction. Interpersonal relations Fiction. Social classes Fiction. Family life Tennessee Fiction. Tennessee Fiction. Science fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Natural disasters
Interpersonal relations
Social classes
Family life
Science fiction.
LCCN: 2012046800
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May 06, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I loved the first two books and quite liked the third but I gave up on this one less than halfway through. Jon is just so thoroughly unlikeable--not merely self-centered in an ordinary teenage way like his older sister was before tragedy shaped her into something finer--that I couldn't stand to read about him any longer. I think I get what the author is doing here, and I imagine Jon finds redemption in the end, but I couldn't care enough about him to stick with him for the journey. Sorry, Susan Beth Pfeffer, life's just too short!

Feb 13, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Unlike the first two books, stories of survival in desperate times, this book was more about "man's inhumanity to man" as residents of the enclave demonstrate massive prejudice against the laborers who support them. Since I've read studies that show prejudice can be generated in a few days or even hours in the right setting, an entire class-stratified society springing up in a few years isn't too far-fetched. After a slow start, this book sucked me in, and for the first time in a while I stayed up past my bedtime to finish!

Jan 15, 2014
  • CATLIN rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sadly, I'm not able to connect with this book as I was with the earlier 3 (especially the first one!) I'm only about half through it and will continue to plod through it to the end in hopes that there may be some better story near the end...

Dec 27, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is the fourth book in the series that began with Life As We Knew It. So far I've liked the first two the best. This one has the speaking character move to Miranda's younger brother Jon, and it picks up a few months after Jon, his stepmother Lisa and stepbrother Gabe have entered the enclave Sexton using the slips provided by Alex. Miranda, Laura and Alex are all living in the town outside the enclave White Birch which provides labour to the enclave. The social structure is disturbing, with the clavers, as they are called engaged in widespread abuse of the labourers, known as grubs. As "slips", Jon and Lisa live in the enclave on shaky ground and constantly have to pass tests for loyalty. When Lisa gets the opportunity, she tries to arrange to have Miranda assigned as a domestic labourer to her own household. But unrest between the communities leads to an outburst that has significant impact on the family.
Jon matures significantly in this book, becoming aware of his own spoiled nature and the unfair way he has treated others. But I really didn't feel connected to the characters in this book as I did to the first two books.


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