The Shade of the Moon
Series: Bk #4 of The Last Survivors
By: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 13th 2013
by HMH Books for Young Readers
This book was the exciting finale for the Last Survivor Series. I highly suggest this series for anyone who hasn't read it and likes YA apocalyptic novels like:
- City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Z for Zachariah by Robert O'Brien
- Enclave by Ann Aguirre
I had read the other three Last Survivor books and eagerly waited for the fourth installment. The narrator and main character of the third book is Jon Evans he is the spoiled, little brother of Miranda Evans the narrator of the first and third book. This book is very different from the others in the series. In the other books the characters are fighting for survival. In The Shade of the Moon, the characters are fighting for social equality. Even though Jon is two of the other books, this is the first time the readers get to see inside his thoughts and understand his actions. Even though Jon has grown up in an America a without suitable food supply and had to struggle to stay alive during the cold winter of Live as We Knew It, he is still very spoiled and has a false since of entitlement. This makes him less likable then Miranda, and may be the reason I didn't enjoy this book as much as the Miranda-narrated ones.
I did not enjoy this book as much as the other three, but I still enjoyed it. In this installment the reader sees that society is trying to rebuild itself. At first Jon does not see the flaws of the new society, but after he meets Sarah, the daughter of a doctor, he begins to see the flaws his society. To be honest, never understood Jon and Sarah's relationship. It wasn't really based on anything. But, Sarah did help Jon grow and an individual--which is always a good thing. The society that Jon and Sarah live in is a society of the "Haves" and the "Have-Nots". It reminds me a lot of the feudal system. The "Haves", the Clavers, feel as though they are doing the "Have-Nots", the Grubs, a favor.
The storyline was good and I enjoyed seeing how society adapted to its quick loss of infrastructure, but I wasn't hot on this book until about half way through when the plot got quick. For the most part the plot was good expect an unnecessary plot twist at the end of the book. It just left me confused. So, in all I give the book three stars. It's was fine glad, I read it, but it wasn't fantastic.