Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Reviewed: "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This is an apocalyptic young adult book. I love reading apocalyptic books and have enjoyed a number of young adult books. This is the first one I've read where the two genres were put together.

And it wasn't that bad!

Miranda is a 16 year old girl with two brothers - a younger one and an older one. Her Dad left the family and started another one with his new wife.

An asteroid hit the moon and moved it's orbit closer to the earth. It wreaks havoc with the local economy - the skies darken because of increased volcanic activity, coastal cities flood and millions of people die. Winter comes earlier than usual and the area is hit with a super flu ala the 1918 pandemic.

Miranda is likable and believable as a 16 year old girl. I like how the book shows the gradual changes in their world, but the changes are so dramatic that it really makes you think about how you would be able to survive similar circumstances.

Fun, quick read.

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