Teen Book Review – The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer


I just finished reading Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It’s the fourth book in the Life As We Knew It series. This book follows Jon after he left his family behind in hopes of having a better life. In the first books we’re introduced to Jon, his brother Matt , his mother Laura, and sister Miranda. Jon’s family some of the last survivors on Earth after an asteroid crashed into the moon, pushing it closer to Earth and therefore causing a chain of natural disasters.

shade of the moon

This book is the darkest of the four. In the earlier novels the enemy was nature but now the enemy is mankind. Society has developed two groups of people Clavers, who are privileged  and grubs who are the poor workers. I was surprised by how dark this book was but not by its horror but by how realistic it was. There were some things that broke my heart but in the midst of it all hope sometimes endures.

I don’t want to give away the ending and yes there is a sequel. The Shade of the Moon is another great series of realistic fiction for everyone to enjoy.

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