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"--
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780547813370
0547813376
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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KWALKER101
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.

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Dixiedog2
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.

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dixiedog
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.

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amsheaff
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.

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waltzingechidna
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!

Cdnbookworm Dec 27, 2013

This is the fourth book in the series that began with Life As We Knew It. So far I've liked the first two the best. This one has the speaking character move to Miranda's younger brother Jon, and it picks up a few months after Jon, his stepmother Lisa and stepbrother Gabe have entered the enclave Sexton using the slips provided by Alex. Miranda, Laura and Alex are all living in the town outside the enclave White Birch which provides labour to the enclave. The social structure is disturbing, with the clavers, as they are called engaged in widespread abuse of the labourers, known as grubs. As "slips", Jon and Lisa live in the enclave on shaky ground and constantly have to pass tests for loyalty. When Lisa gets the opportunity, she tries to arrange to have Miranda assigned as a domestic labourer to her own household. But unrest between the communities leads to an outburst that has significant impact on the family.
Jon matures significantly in this book, becoming aware of his own spoiled nature and the unfair way he has treated others. But I really didn't feel connected to the characters in this book as I did to the first two books.

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Jan 25, 2016

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Dixiedog2
Dec 06, 2014

Dixiedog2 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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