Review of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Review of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth PfefferLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Series: Last Survivors #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2008
Genres: Family, Fantasy & Magic, Nature & the Natural World, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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five-stars
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.

I am in love with the post-apocalyptic dystopian genre. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a fine piece of YA apocalyptic reading. Life As We Knew It takes the format of a journal written by Miranda who is sixteen and living a super-normal life until in the space of a single day, everything changes. Before going any further with this review, I should probably let you know I read this during the wee hours of the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon. Life As We Knew It grasped my attention and did not let go until the very end.

So what exactly changes Miranda’s life? Basically, the moon gets hit with a giant asteroid, and since people can be a bit daft everyone in the book is all YAY moon party, until they realize the tides are all messed up resulting in massive weather disasters. Miranda’s area is not exactly hit by the weather disasters but they feel the repercussions. The rest of this character-driven novel is all about survival when the worst happens.

Now, this was not quite as creepy as The Road by Cormac McCarthy, yet I found Life As We Knew It to be just as compelling. I found this book to be scary, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and engrossing. Mostly this is due to the characters whom I feel I know completely. I though Miranda was easy to relate to. She is strong, yet like all people she has her vulnerable moments as well as her selfish moments, one of which brought tears to my eyes. I ask what girl would not be like Miranda if Life As You Knew It were to completely change?

While reading this, I suggest you chug down some gatorade to keep your electrolytes replenished, you never know when disaster is going to strike and you’re going to have to chop some wood or hand wash clothes or hunt animals. Also, I recommend keeping your eye on the moon, so you know when to prepare.

five-stars

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8 comments… add one

  • This was one of the first dystopian books that I ever read, and I loved it so much. It had me thinking that a earth shattering event was right around the corner. Glad to hear that you liked it as well.

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  • I had heard of this in the most literal sense, having absolutely NO idea what it was about. I never would have guessed dystopia/post-apocalyptic. And we all know that's about all it takes to pique my interest.
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    Thanks for the review. :D

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  • I have always debated whether or not to read this book but now i know i will.Thanks and great review.

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  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com November 30, 2009 4:40 pm

    Great review and I love that you recommended Gatorade. Way cute!

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  • Debbie's World of Books December 1, 2009 11:14 pm

    I loved this book although I felt like I should go out and stock up on firewood or something after I was done. :)

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  • Sheila (Bookjourney) December 6, 2009 2:01 pm

    Life as we when it huh? It does look good!

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  • justicejenniferreads December 11, 2009 3:28 pm

    I must admit that I am a pretty big fan of the post-apocalyptic dystopian genre as well. And this sounds like it is no exception. I loved your description of the book and believe that it would be another hit for me.

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  • ~The Book Pixie December 30, 2009 7:17 pm

    I have had my eye on this book for quite some time. I love dystopian literature and this series sounds amazing, plus it has a great title and cover. :D Thanks for posting this great review.

    ~Briana

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