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“Life as We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - Book Reading
“Life as We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Back of the Book:

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.

From Booklist:

A meteor is going to hit the moon, and 16-year-old Miranda, like the rest of her family and neighbors in rural Pennsylvania, intends to watch it from the comfort of a lawn chair in her yard. But the event is not the benign impact predicted. The moon is knocked closer to Earth, setting off a chain of horrific occurrences: tsunamis, earthquakes, and, later, volcanic eruptions that disrupt life across the planet. Written in the form of Miranda’s diary, this disquieting and involving story depicts one family’s struggle to survive in a world where food, warmth, and well-being disappear in the blink of an eye. As life goes from bad to worse, Miranda struggles to find a way to survive both mentally and physically, discovering strength in her family members and herself. This novel will inevitably be compared to Meg Rosoff’s Printz Award Book, How I Live Now (2004). Pfeffer doesn’t write with Rosoff’s startling eloquence, and her setup is not as smooth (Why don’t scientists predict the possibility of this outcome?). But Miranda and her family are much more familiar than Rosoff’s characters, and readers will respond to the authenticity and immediacy of their plight. Each page is filled with events both wearying and terrifying and infused with honest emotions. Pfeffer brings cataclysmic tragedy very close. Ilene Cooper

Pages: 337

Published: 2005-12-31

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that, because it’s done as a journal, there are missing scenes. Also, you have to pay attention to the date to keep track of the passing of time.

The very best thing about this book is that it reminds me of Anne Frank’s diary. It’s awesome. :-)

Challenges:

This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the Take a Chance Challenge, and the The Dystopia Challenge.

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