Monday, February 08, 2010

Book Review: Life As We Knew It

Life as We Knew It

Life as We Knew It
By Pfeffer, Susan Beth
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When Miranda Evans hears astronomers have predicted that a meteor is going to hit the moon, she doesn’t give it a second thought. But, when it hits, because the meteor is denser than believed, it pushes the moon closer to Earth. This change in distance completely alters life on Earth, creating tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and more. Miranda, along with her mother and brothers, must fight for survival in a new world of dangerous weather, decreasing supplies of food and water, lack of electricity and heat, and complete isolation.

Life As We Knew It is written as a journal. This makes the novel a quick and interesting read because readers get a true sense of what life is like for Miranda and her family. We see her anger, fear, and sadness when dealing with this drastic change. The descriptions are so vivid that it’s easy to get lost in the story, believing chocolate chips are rare delicacies and the sight of the large moon is unsettling. Pfeffer’s second book is called The Dead and the Gone and follows the same scenario from the perspective of a new character in New York City. The third book in the trilogy is called This World We Live In and is out in the spring. Pick up this first book and get started on the trilogy today!

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