The Shade of the Moon is book 4 in the Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The narrator in this novel is Jon, Laura’s youngest son (Miranda’s brother). I have to admit that I really dislike him for most of this book. He is weak, self-centered, and elitist. He has the advantage of living in the Enclave with the “clavers” even though he is classified as “slip” – he, Lisa, and Gabe “slipped” in with Alex’s passes that were meant for him and his 2 sisters. Clavers look down their noses at anyone who lives outside the enclave, and they refer to them as “grubbs.” Jon’s family are grubbs.
Jon falls in love with Sarah, a claver who is sympathetic to grubbs. She views life idealistically and is hopeful for a “normal” future where everyone can be equal. Jon’s brother, Matt, learns about a new colony being developed that is based on equality called New Harmony.
People who have been given special privileges and treatment are asked to make sacrificing choices. Their character is certainly tested, particularly Jon and Lisa. This novel is more about class rank in society and elitist/entitlement issues and not about survival like the other books. The ending is certainly left open for another book, but I do not know if there will be one. This author does not mind killing off important characters, so we are only down to a handful!