The Last Survivors Series Review

A set that includes all books in the Last Survivors Series

A set that includes all books in the Last Survivors Series


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The Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer shows how the world is affected after a meteor hits the moon and knocks it out of orbit in the form of teen science fiction. This series is divided into four books which focus on the hardships that two families must endure due to the change in gravitational pull; they are titled Life As We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon. All of the books build and expand on each other instead of introducing a new concept for every story, which helps to make the story seem more put together and avoid holes in the plot.

Life As We Knew It is the first book, and it follows the Evans family who live in Pennsylvania during the time of the meteor. Through loss and tough times, the reader can watch these characters develop in ways that successfully change them from who they were at the beginning. The development and endurance of these characters make the book interesting; the kind of interesting that keeps you from putting the book down.

The Dead and the Gone is the second book, and follows the Morales family who live in New York at the time of collision. As with the first book, the story is told through how these children handle and adapt to new everyday life. Character development is also a main part of this novel and the author is once again able to implement it effectively.

This World We Live In is the third book that ties the characters from the first two together. Interactions and relationships between characters are introduced and developed naturally through the plot. With new characters, new conflict arises which shows the weaknesses of some and strong points of others. The reader gets to feel like they are developing with these characters which gives them a personal connection to the book.

The Shade of the Moon wraps up the series and lets the audience slowly say goodbye to their favorite characters. This final book is in the point of view of the youngest character in order to show the changes that have happened in the time after the tragedy which is clever on behalf of the author.

Overall, Commonsensemedia.org has given the series a four out of five star rating, and the recommended audience is teenagers for “violence and mature topics”. Personally, this series was amazing and interesting and the book was never too far out of reach. The strongest points of this series are development, description, and research into the moon’s effects on the world.