Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors #1)
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Pages: 337
Source: Paperback/Own

Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid 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. In her journal, Miranda records the events of each desperate day, while she and her family struggle to hold on to their most priceless resource—hope. 

Review: Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. From the moment the asteroid hit the moon and the chaos began you were sucked into the story. You could feel Miranda and her family's fear. The asteroid was denser than the astronomers thought so no one knew the moon could be knocked out of orbit. No one thought about how much the moons gravitational pull affected the tides, earthquakes and volcanoes. No one also expected world wide epidemics of diseases. I really enjoyed how it was written like a diary. It gave you a real sense of how things could change day by day. I also enjoyed how there was a lot of action but not enough to overwhelm you. I loved how quick thinking these characters were, from Mirandas moms quick thinking to basically ransack the stores (they technically paid for the food, but amidst the chaos it seemed more like ransacking) and stockpile as much food and supplies as they could, to Mirandas quick thinking when the sunroom filled with smoke with the family sleeping in it. They were right on top of things as they happened. It was also nice that even with the chaos they still shared a laugh or two now and then and that they still fought like any other family. It gave a small sense of something normal while dealing with the increasingly worse situations outside. They also still shared family moments together and when things got really bad they knew they could still count on each other. Through it all they still kept up hope that eventually things would get better. I really liked the ending. The book was left off on a positive note basically stating that what will happen will happen and with hope that the future will be better. I thought that was a nice way to end the book. I did dislike though that in this specific book in the series that there was a lot of putting down god.

3 Stars!

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