LIFE AS WE KNEW IT
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
From Inside Cover:
When Miranda first hears the warnings that a meteor is headed on a collision path with the moon, they just sound like an excuse for extra homework assignments. But her disbelief turns to fear in a split second as the entire world witnesses a lunar impact that knocks the moon closer in orbit, catastrophically altering the earth's climate.Everything else in Miranda's life fades away as supermarkets run out of food, gas goes up to more than ten dollars a gallon, and school is closed indefinitely.But what Miranda and her family don't realize is that the worst is yet to come.
The story is told through sixteen year old Miranda's journal entries. It's starts in in May just as the world is getting ready for an asteroid to hit the moon-for some reason it's not considered a big deal? Which sort of puzzled me-Surely there was some Jeff Goldblum character out in the world scratching his head muttering to himself and anyone who would listen that this whole impact thing would have a CATASTROPHIC EFFECT??
Nope. In fact people are celebrating and having BBQs and block parties-WTF? Haven't any of these people seen Independence Day??
So the asteroid hits the moon and pushed the moon closer to the earth producing CATASTROPHIC RESULTS-tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions. It's bad people-very, very bad.
What I love about this story is that we see all this happening through the eyes of a sixteen year old. She and her family are trying to survive this horrible earth changing event but she still has the thoughts and actions of a teenager who wants to go to the prom and have a boyfriend. Miranda was a very real character with real feelings and emotions.
I have to admit that when I finished the book I was tempted to run out to the nearest grocery store and stock up on water, canned corn and Cheetos.
If you read the story and loved it as much as I did you need to check out the Life As We Knew It Book Club Discussion over at Forever Young Adult. Thought provoking and Laugh out loud funny. Go check it out.
I also bought the second book in the series: The Dead and the Gone which I'm going to try to hold off on reading until our family vacation coming up in a few weeks.
I bought this book used on Amazon and will be donating it to my Public Library.
I recommend this book for ages 10 and up.