By Susan Beth Pfeffer
Series: The Last Survivors #4
Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
I received this book at BEA (Book Expo America ’13) in exchange for an honest review.
It’s been two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?
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Agh, so many feels are wrapped up in this book! No, don’t click away, it’s a good thing! This novel is…well, it’s horribly good. It’s so horrible that it’s good and it’s so good that you feel horrible for liking it.
I know, I know, I’m still not making it sound loveable right?! Truthfully it’s not really ‘loveable’. For most of the book I didn’t like the main character, Jon. He frustrated me, he made dumb choices, and I wasn’t even sure if he deserved everything that his family gave up for him….BUT I don’t know that I would have been able to handle some of the things any better. It is rough, tough, and very dismal post-apocalyptic world after all.
This entire series is dark, it doesn’t romance the apocalypse, doesn’t glorify it, and it sure doesn’t sugar coat it. People will struggle and fight for survival and yes some will die...
Overall Rating: 4.75 out of 5