Book Spotlight: Life As We Knew It

Submitted by teenspace on April 26, 2012 - 5:48pm

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Review by Phil, Librarian, Cloverdale Branch

Miranda leads the life of a fairly typical Midwestern teenager, or at least she did until a giant asteroid slammed into the moon.  After the collision the moon appears oddly in the sky - somewhat titled, and closer to Earth.  The nights are also a little brighter.  Though these changes are unnerving there don't seem to be any major consequences- other than not having to go to school or do homework.  Then the tsunamis hit, and the communications go down.  Grocery stores run out of food, and volcanoes cloud the sky with ash.  Winter sets in and blankets the world in unrelenting snow.  In other words, life as Miranda and her family knew it will never be the same again.

Why I picked it up:  I was intrigued by the concept, and it was highly recommended.  I've been on an apocalyptic fiction kick, so this one was right up my alley.

Why I finished it:  I enjoyed the subtleties, and I wanted to know what would happen to Miranda and her family.  Pfeffer does well to tell this story with a level of realism that many similar stories disregard in favor of sensationalism.

I'd recommend it to:  Anyone looking for an apocalyptic novel without the violence.

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