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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Life As We Knew It

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Series: The Last Survivors (1)

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    Aerrin99: A great book about a teen girl dealing with tragedy, with a strong first-person voice.
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A meteor has crashed into the moon and knocked it out of orbit. The moon is now too big for the sky, and more disasters are to come. A family living in Pennsylvania will have to endure, tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, plagues, and unnaturally cold weather. Will they make it? Can scientists put the moon back in place? How long can their food, water, and heat last? Can they survive in the harshest conditions imaginable?

Action packed and full of twists, you can never put this book down. Read on and figure out what happens, how it changes them. Their lives. Their relationships. Their home, and life as they knew it. I rate this book four and three quarter stars. ( )
  PiperP.BG3 | Dec 6, 2016 |
I don't know why this is categorized as YA, unless it's due its teenage girl narrator, and that could prevent some from reading it -which would be a big mistake. The premise, that a highly anticipated event, a large asteroid striking the moon, ends up being catastrophic for everyone on earth, is a fascinating one. The moon loses a big chunk of turf and is completely shaken from its orbit, with disastrous ramifications for the planet. And there are no easy or ironic answers, as there would be on a Twilight Zone episode. It does turn out to be each family for themselves, as, due to tidal shifts and atmospheric dust and contamination, there is no communication access at all nor any easy way to replenish food or water, nor a way to head off a flu epidemic. The reader follows the seemingly hopeless progression towards the death of a rural family - mom, two brothers, and the narrator Miranda - as snow falls in August and darkness reigns over the world.

There are other books in the series, with other teenagers in other settings during the same event - but this one was bleak enough for me, although it was a remarkably vivid and frightening apocalyptic tale, where only the strongest and luckiest might survive. ( )
  froxgirl | Oct 19, 2016 |
I was thinking of one star at the start as the science was sooooooo bad. However the story telling was not so bad so that by the end I can forgive some of the scientific inaccuracies. ( )
  myojencards | Sep 5, 2016 |
Life as We Knew It is the first book in another dystopian/post-apocalyptic series about how a girl named Miranda and her family survive after a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth which in turn throws all the seasons and weather out of whack. Their day to day struggle to survive is told through a series of journal entries which could have been a cool way to do it but most of the entries were just dull and boring. The author needed to spice them up a little and create some suspense behind them. I listened to the audio version too and I didn't care for the narrator's voice at all, especially her voice for the mother so that made a dry story even harder to swallow. At this point, I don't know if I'll continue with the series or not. If I do, I'll probably forgo the audio.

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  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
I found this topic a little scary as I've never heard anyone use it before. I could see this happening and what would happen? What would we do? The writer did a good job of making you care for the family and want to know if they will survive. The story was very isolating which it should be because this family becomes so isolated in their house 4 miles from town. They have no clue what is going on in the world even in their own small town and the author really isolates the reader. I'm looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 12, 2016 |
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It was like one of those lists on the radio to let you know which schools were having snow days. Only instead of it being school districts in the area, it was whole cities, and it wasn't just snow. (24)
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No shops. No TV. No Electricity. No Daylight. No idea if your family is alive or dead. Could you survive? When a freak asteroid knocks the moon from its orbit, horrific tides engulf parts of the globe, and life on earth changes overnight. For 15-year-old Miranda, a desperate battle for her family's survival begins.
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It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.

Veteran author Susan Beth Pfeffer, who penned the young adult classic The Year Without Michael over twenty years ago, makes a stunning comeback with this haunting book that documents one adolescent's journey from self-absorbed child to selfless young woman. Teen readers won't soon forget this intimate story of survival and its subtle message about the treasuring the things that matter most—-family, friendship, and hope.--Jennifer Hubert

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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

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