Book Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

RATING: StarStar

(Last Survivors #1)

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.

Literary Awards: Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (2009), South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2009),ALA Teens’ Top Ten (2007)


Life As We Knew It bored the reading crap out of me. Yes, there was a time i was so afraid (the panic-buying grocery scene), and i was kinda relieved (the ending), but Pfeffer’s storytelling is not for me. I’m an action-packed kinda gal, and since this book has no action at all, i didn’t like it.

Miranda is living her normal teenage life when suddenly, the moon got knocked out of its orbit – now it is too close to earth which causes the erratic changes in weather, with no electricity and technology. Goodbye, life. Hello, survival. After the event that changes everything, Miranda and her family struggled to survive by staying in their home, hoarding canned goods, water, and medicine. The post-apocalyptic theme is very real it made think that I need to survive with Miranda. Alas, it did not hold my attention too long. I started reading last October, put it down a week later, then i picked it up again just days ago. I guess the whole conflict was laid out in Miranda’s family’s chances to survive in their house and that didn’t excite me.

Life As We Knew It will not appeal to readers like me who yearns for action and adventure in their post-apocalyptic reads. The concept is good, in fact, it still gives me the creeps because it is plausible in real life. But the storyline did not work for me.

#27 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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