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 neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. 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 love, 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.
©2010 Susan Beth Pfeffer (P)2010 Listening Library
I haven't read "The Dead and the Gone". I was going to read Alex's tale after this one but doubt I will now. I really enjoyed "Life as We Knew It" but could barely finish this book. I literally felt like I was listening to a difference series.
As another reviewer pointed out, the characters did things that were COMPLETELY out of character. And not in a learning way...like a character going down a difficult road to find their way back to who they really are - that would have been great. But no - these characters seemed like totally different people for no reason at all...like all of the sudden, this family seemed to care very little for each other.
And our heroine seems to have regressed in maturity about 4 years while gaining a huge helping of selfishness!! I REALLY wish I hadn't listened this one!
Hopeful but . . .
Inflections were amazing. Bauer really acted out the story and conveyed the humor as well as the horror.
I LOVED the first two books in this series so much. That is why it was even more troubling that the third book was such a disappointment.
It felt rushed and contrived. Major plot points came out of nowhere and characters that we had grown very close to made decisions that made no sense based on how they were developed in the first two books. It felt like the author was doing a rush job to wrap up the series because she felt like she had to rather than because she had more quality story to tell
The performer was the same as the first book, and she was great. She just had a not too wonderful story to read.
It was hard for me to pay attention to This world we live in. It was not interesting, I sat and listened to this in several sittings. The people in the cast of this book were detailed but the surrounding were not. With the book of the The Dead and the Gone (first book) you could close your eyes and see and smell New York City and being from PA myself she didn't cover the layout of the town, the once population, connected cities, populations, even what was on the radio? A book isn't about the people in it but about where they are and when. I listen to a lot of doom and gloom books but the person reading the book was so happy. Yes, its supposed to be a teenage girl but not to the point where every world scream drama and happiness. The sadness of the words did not come across in the reading. The words were there but the voice was empty.
I'm not going to compare readers because that isn't fair but Susan if your reading this please use Robertson Dean in the future. I"m not going to buy the next book because I don't care about the people in them anymore. I am a person whom buys books based on great stores with the same people in them. But in this book, if all of them died I would have said, well, its really the best outcome for all of them.
"Buy the text version - avoid this annoying voice."
The reader for this audiobook speaks in an annoying, perky baby voice, like a stereotypical annoying cheerleader who's trying a baby voice to be cute. The character whose first-person POV she's representing is a girl in her late teens, not a toddler, and she's not perky at all, but rather depressed. It's completely unlistenable and I wish I could get my money back.
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