It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.
Of the three books in this series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, I liked this one the best. The characters from the first two books came together in this story of survival in the harshest of times. And yes, Matt changed from a stout-hearted, do everything right and by the book fellow to one that would bring home a “wife” after meeting her on a fishing trip to a river(where catching fish could be the difference between life and death) and be all lovey-dovey, over the moon in love and get mad at anyone who questioned this but why shouldn’t he? It wasn’t like there were any places to meet a future mate or the likelihood that there would be anytime soon. So getting married and having someone to share things with made sense to him. Miranda fell a little too easily in love with Alex for the same reason and that’s okay. After all they had been through and will probably go through in the future their changing made complete sense. I was glad that we learned Miranda’s father, his new wife and new baby were safe and although uncertainty is their constant companion I get the feel that everything we work out for everyone. I recommend this book but be sure to read the first two or you will be lost.