adventure · apocalyptic · sci-fi

Life As We Knew It

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Summary from Goodreads:
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Comments:

I’m torn as to giving this book a rating of 3 stars or 4 stars so I’ll settle for 3.5 to be fair. I haven’t read any apocalyptic books until now and it truly was an eye-opening experience.

So what would you do being a teen leading a normal life, when suddenly an unexpected twist appears and gets all the normalcy out of you? Survival is what drives you into action, although it is something that you can’t learn from textbooks. Rather, it is time to depend on your human instincts and take whatever life throws at you. Such is what happens to our female protagonist Miranda. This is book is actually her diary – a chronicle of events as she sees it – when the world fell apart due to miscalculations of an asteroid hitting the moon.

The start of the “end of the world” was filled with exciting frenzy – stockpiling, news, a wave of calamities that seemed to be happening everywhere, – until little by little, things considered as necessity were slowly being taken away. While reading this part, I share the sentiments of the kids. Is this really necessary? Is there such a thing as the end of the world? Maybe you’re just over thinking things! As always, mom turned out to be right.

Being forced into such a life brought out the best and worst of people. I think it was adamant in this story how sacrifices were involved, but also some sacrifices which were not really necessary. One of the characters that stood out to me was Miranda’s best friend, Megan. Don’t get me wrong; I approve of being religious and of being repentant. However, I Megan and her church friends were probably victims of false ideologies because they came off as self-righteous. Other people, like Peter, Mrs. Nesbitt, and Miranda’s mom, took this as an opportunity to prioritize others and show their love.

Although certain parts of the story became boring, not that I expected a whole lot of action with what has been going on, I certainly enjoyed maturing along with the characters. Simple things were deemed of value, being together became more important than all the physical comfort, and hoping that the best is yet to come can still abound. I sure hope it isn’t in my lifetime when all these things are to happen, but we can still learn a thing or two from Miranda and her journey.

My Rating: ★★★★

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