Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Source: Library Loan
Genre: Post- Apocalyptic?
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published Date: October 1, 2006
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
Dates Read: January 11-15, 2014
While I felt like scientifically this was inaccurate, though how I couldn’t tell you, Science and I have never been on speaking terms, this book scared the heck out of me. I am a big ol’ wuss, but I mean there was seriously a thunderstorm going on while I was reading the part where it was raining and geez thunderstorms already make me jumpy, so all in all my initial reading experience during this book was not so great.
At first I kept reading because I was thinking it had to get better and it never did. There would be a brief glimpse of hope only to be drowned in despair very soon after. After I realized it wasn’t going to get any better, I was just reading to finish. And to see how these characters fared throughout this difficult situation.
The MC was actually pretty decent and I thought she behaved appropriately considering. Her older brother, Matt, and their neighbor were definitely my favorites, though.
Life As We Knew It was well-written, interesting and thought-provoking. The pacing of the book was one of the things that worked in this book’s favor particularly, because you were half-way through before you realized it. The journal entry formatting, also worked in this story’s favor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the book for me and I will not be continuing with the series.
As a side note, this book put me in the craziest funk and for days after finishing it I just needed to be around people and outside.
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