The Shade of the Moon

The Shade of the Moon

Book - 2013
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2013]
ISBN: 9780547813370
Branch Call Number: FICTION PFEFFER
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 18, 2019

I tried the first one as audio, gave up due to awful voice. Tried another one & now am firmly determined that the author needs writing classes - unless her errors are intentional - and her stories are totally geared to very 'youth' ....and I don't mean like the youth of Katniss genre.

Mar 21, 2019

i read this book to fulfil the goal read a book with an astrological term or a zodiac sign in the title. it finishes up the last survivor series. while i enjoyed the first three books. (they were so sad, but good) i did not care for this one. it was somehow missing something in the characters development. they were darker and harder where they had once been innocent and hopeful despite tragedy. i was disappointed in the ending. still i would read another book if the series continued.

Mar 06, 2019

Do not read this book. It will infuriate you. The main character, Jon, Miranda's brother from the first 3 novels, is now characterized as a bigoted jerk who justifies attempted rape. If you want to know what happens because you read the first three books, skim through this one and then look up a review with spoilers online. The flavour and atmosphere of this story and its characters is just plain sad.

Jul 30, 2018

Yes, I read all four in Pfeffer's series. My very favorite was book one, although book two was also interesting -- I already knew what was going to happen but told from a different POV (Alex in NYC) it was captivating. Book three was not as well written, but by that time I was already so interested in Miranda's story I had to find out what happened in the second year and how she met Alex from story two. But the dialogue and character choice for POV in book 4 were not nearly as tightly written as books 1-3. Choosing Jon as the POV character probably killed Pfeffer's ratings; he was my least favorite in books 1-3 and I felt the least developed. I really hated him by page 60, a spoiled little entitled Claver kid whose only ability was playing soccer, but as I read more, he fell from everyone's grace and then tried working his way back up. He didn't feel authentic to me, flip-flopping loyalties on a dime. I did finish, but in retrospect, stopping at book one would have been just fine with me... If you haven't yet started the series, read book one, then move on. Definitely the best.

Mar 07, 2016

Two words: Rape justification. The main character we're supposed to like both tries to justify rape, and blames the victim. The victim? A woman who holds absolutely no agency in the new world order (aka a slave) and the main treats in a horrific manner both before and after attempting to rape her.

No thank you.

Dec 06, 2014

I too found Jon’s attitude hard to take in a world gone mad. As other reviewers have pointed out, this is not a book for young teenagers. The deterioration of human values will be offensive to most readers. I did not enjoy this book as much as book 2 and 3. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Oct 31, 2014

Teen rated Susan Beth Pfeffer’s ‘The Shade of the Moon’ (2013) - Life as We Knew It Series - Book 4, another exceptional book. This was the fourth and final book according to the author. Those that have survived from book one and two came together in book three and then move on to an isolated safe location, an enclave, in book four but human dignity and values have been all but lost. Book four describes a world gone mad! A dark and scary novel. While I too found Jon’s attitude hard to take, it did not deter me from being somewhat enthralled with this book and series. Highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Oct 07, 2014

"The Shade of the Moon" is a terrible, poorly written book. I loved the first book and found the second entertaining, but I did not particularly enjoy the third. I was hoping the fourth would be better -- it is not. Jon is an extremely unlikable character and his trying to justify near rape is inexcusable. There were several instances in the book that I found were highly inappropriate for a YA novel, i.e. talking about setting a "grub" on fire (instead they burned down a school), a 14 year old girl crawling into Jon's bed
"Don't you want me to do anything for you?", buying a girl for 1/4 bar of soap, cops hitting a 14 year old girl. Just awful.

May 06, 2014

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!

mvkramer Feb 13, 2014

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!

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