Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Life as We Knew It

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

All anyone would talk about in the days before it happened was the moon.  It was going to be so exciting, though all her teachers turned it into an opportunity to assign homework.  An asteroid was going to hit the moon and everyone would be able to see it without a telescope.  No one had predicted what this asteroid was going to do to the moon.  Not even the astrophysicists realized the asteroid would destroy half of the moon and push it closer to Earth.  The catastrophe that follows the celebrated event will change the course of Miranda and her family's lives forever.  And not for the better.

I picked up Life as We Knew It expecting a suspenseful read about survival.  The book ended up being that and more.  It's a realistic read about what happens when our modern way of life is suddenly completely suspended.  When the day to day of living is gone, food is no longer delivered to grocery stores, electricity spotty at best.  Written as journal entries by Miranda, the book is a diary of a family suddenly forced to survive.  The decisions they must make are difficult, including the decision not to help neighbors or friends as they begin to suffer and die of disease and hunger.  It's a depressing read, but very realistic.  A good book for those who like survivalist fiction.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 8th Grade
Sequel: This World We live In

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