trilogytuesday

So it’s that time again, kids!  TRILOGY TUESDAY!!!  Except I’m wondering if I maybe did it on a Thursday last time…oh well.  Now it’s on TUESDAY!!!!

I don’t know if you’ve seen this floating around the last week: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/book-series-to-read-if-you-enjoyed-the-hunger-games

Every publisher I follow that’s got a book (or 5) on the list has been reposting it.  I have to say, I’m happy to see so many book series that I love.  Unwind, Matched, The Maze Runner, The Mortal Instruments, UgliesNot to mention so many series I’ve been waiting to get into.  But today I want to give props to Susan Beth Pfeffer‘s The Last Survivors trilogy.

life trilogy

First of all, I guess I can only call it that for about a month, because there’s a new book coming out in August.

Shade coverBut it still counts for now, right?  Good.

So here’s your basic concept: With the whole world watching, a meteor that’s supposed to quietly hit the moon smashes into it with enough force to throw it into a new orbit.  Tidal waves, new, more severe seasons, and falling infrastructure are what our characters now have to look forward to.   Hurray!!!

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open.”    —Life As We Knew It

Each of the books are told as diary entries, so you really feel like you’re experiencing things right along with the characters as they struggle for food, heat, and to keep their families together.  And our characters feel like real people who make real mistakes, and don’t always do the unselfish thing.  Then again, they’re now living in a world where the previous rules don’t apply.  Like when Miranda’s mother refuses to let her send blankets to the people in New York because she can’t risk her own family freezing to death when winter comes.  (Which happens to hit in about August.)  Or when Alex begins stealing things from the bodies of the dead in order to feed his sisters.  How much can they afford to worry about others when their own lives are on the line?

Another reason I love these books is that they really make you think about what you would do in an emergency situation like that.  In putting you right at the blossoming of the apocalypse instead of the post, Pfeffer allows us to watch what happens when things go from scary to bad to life-threatening.

I love the scene when Miranda’s mother takes them to the grocery store that has lost it’s power.  $100 for everything you can fit into a cart.  Even though I read this book a couple of years ago, I still sometimes think about her instructions.

  • Get canned cat food because you can drop the tiny cans in between larger items.
  • Skip the fresh meats and vegetables – your power’s not that reliable either.
  • Get the Progresso instead of the Cambells – you don’t want to have to be un-condensing soup when water may be in short supply.
  • Stock up on vitamins

In my church, emergency preparedness is something they teach you that every family must have.  Even still, this book made me think of things that had never occurred to me, and wonder how much I could handle a near-apocalyptic event.

I’d like to think I’d do pretty well at it, thank you very much 🙂

So, in conclusion, interesting, flawed, strong characters, an intriguing storyline, and twists and turns that will keep you guessing.  (Though I will warn you that there is a bit of sadness, and not all of the characters are going to make it to the end.)  I wish I had discovered Pfeffer’s writing when I was a kid, because so far I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read.

BONUS

Also, if you want to check out another great, but slightly disturbing book of Pfeffers, you should read Blood Wounds.  16 yr old Willa learns that her estranged father may have killed his new family, and the police believe he might be coming after her next.  Scary scary, right?!?

bloodwounds

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