Now I know a one star is pretty bad but when I put my cursor over the one star it says didn t like it and I did not like this book at all I m not going to go into full detail because it would torture me but heres the plot You are reading about a family that lives in Pennsylvania and the character Miranda is a teenage girl living with her mom and brother Scientists say that a meteor is going to hit the moon, and everyone doesn t really care about being a doomsday because the scientists say there wont be Well the meteor did hit and cerated a Doomsday In the first few days The family has to survive while the Moon got closer to the earth because of the impact The Moon gets so close that the gravitational pull creates hurricanes, and other natural disasters Somehow the author thought that a meteor could do that This book is a horrible end of the world book, it has at most 15 pages of excitement Seriously other then that its like reading a dictionary, other then the 15 pages of robbing a supermarket, you have to read about people dieing of old age and reading about a teen that writes in her diary Now this character is the most boring character I have ever read about In the Diary all you read about is how life sucks in a house I m being completely serious The whole book is about a family surviving in a house and trying to get food and firewood There is No suspense, No plot, No plot twists, No Excitement, No everything This book remains the same, for 400 or so pages, it never changes, all you read about is surviving in a house and reading about the teen doing homework, and eating.
Overall I hated this book, I really did I love exciting books and slow dramatic books but this one has nothing to it.
i don t know who i am trying to kid i keep reading these survival stories, thinking to myself, i will know what to do if this happens i will have tips and tricks and i will be the last one standing that s pretty much bullshit while its true i probably could survive, i wouldn t want to i m a fat lazy american i don t want to have to scavenge i don t want to have to hunt and skin deer or build a shelter or defend myself from others looking to eat my delicious arms i don t want to have to dig for water or develop a complex food storage system or eat dandelion greens and the first warm day, that would be it for me i cannot live without air conditioning or showering and i am a baby now when i have to deal with shudder menses post apocalyptic menses without a duane reade around that would be the death of me i am no survivor but i like to read about other people surviving and telling myself it would be different if it were me but i know that it s a lie oh but the book it s a fine teen novel of a family struggling to survive after an asteroid knocks the moon a little closer to the earth and the resulting tsunamis and volcanoes and weather malfunctions but mostly the starving dear god, the starvingcome to my blog Opening LineLisa is pregnant Dad called around 11 o clock to let us know I loved this, easily one of my top reads this year although maybe love isn t the right word because this book scared the crap out of me It also depressed me, made me very cold and gave me OCD about stockpiling food I mean just how long could I survive on what s in my cupboards Not very Three boxes of Kraft Dinner and a jar of spaghetti sauce are hardly going to see me through a wintery apocalypse now are they Although that bottle of gin will come in handy As much as this book messed with my head, I also couldn t stop reading it, fascinated in a morbid sort of way I ve heard it compared to a car accident and that s true, once you start this you won t be able to look away.
Life As We Knew It is written in diary form, from the POV of 16year old Miranda The entries start just prior to a meteor hitting the moon and initially her accounts are self absorbed, and annoying in fact she comes off kind of spoiled, which let s face it, is realistic for a high school girl I think the author probably did this on purpose to show us what her life and thoughts were like before and how much she grows as a person by the end of this harrowing story.
Miranda lives with her mother and younger brother with another brother away at college Her father has remarried and is expecting a baby with his new wife Nobody is paying much attention to the astronomers or the moon I mean at 16 it s all about you, everything else is just an annoyance In May the meteor knocks the moon out of its orbit and everything changes.
Miranda s mother is the real hero of this story, having the foresight to begin amassing food and winter clothes, candles, batteries, water while the rest of the world watches and waits The power is the first to go, then Tsunamis take out anyone on the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents and volcanic ash quickly blocks out the sun We the readers remain mostly na ve about world events because we only know what Miranda writes in her diary and she s stopped listening to the news only occasionally giving us tidbit from rare radio broadcast that now mostly consist of death lists but soon even the radio stops As summer turns to arctic winter and disease threatens those left alive Miranda s world grows smaller and smaller School is cancelled, her friends have either moved or died and gathering firewood and water takes up most of her day She has little strength left because she is starving and her family has moved into one room to conserve the small amount of heat the wood stove is putting out It is cold, blinding snow storms and ash fill the sky, the food is almost gone, the food is almost gone When she thinks about last week she wonders why she ever complained because she had it so much better, last week she was eating one meal a day, now she s eating every second day and wondering just how much longer her family can survive She hopes she goes first.
And then I d snap out of it Wait What I felt so completely absorbed in this novel that I actually felt like it was happening to me It is told in diary form, which reminded me of first hand accounts that they show on the news when there s some sort of catastrophe, like with the recent tsunami disaster in Japan These accounts make you understand what s happening to different groups of people without being there That s what was happening with me.
The story is very simply told which I found realistic as 16 year olds diaries often aren t literary masterpieces , and it won t convert you if you dislike young adult literature, but I think this is why I felt engaged with it It is very different from adult post apocalyptic fiction, such asThe Roadby Cormac McCarthy It is less brutal and less harrowing, but that s probably why I could relate to it I was so disengaged with the events happening in The Road, which meant that it had less of an impact on me, whereas Life As We Knew is about a family struggling to cope after a meteor crashes into the moon, causing the orbit to be altered Civilisation isn t wiped out completely but it forces people to adapt very quickly to a utterly different way of daily living The family is only able to find out what s happening in the rest of the world many, many deaths, famine, volcanic eruptions, flooding through rare radio broadcasts Mostly, it s just Miranda s thoughts and her account of life with her mother and her two brothers, confined to their home, wondering if they re going to live or die.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can see why it has received so much praise I m unsure as to whether I ll read the next two books,The Dead and the GoneandThis World We Live In , as the reviews are pretty bad But we ll see I m now really excited about the prospect of reading YA post apocalyptic novels such asAmerica PacificaandAshes, AshesHooray Another genre to love Dystopian or Not Dystopian Not Dystopian I also reviewed this book over on Pretty books.
I don t usually give 1 star unless I really hated the book I really hated this book.
I m a sucker for dystopian end of the world books, let me tell you I picked this one up at Barnes And Noble last summer in the hopes of finding another book I really loved, but unfortunately that was not the case The most important part of an end of the world thriller, in my opinion, is it s ability to make you think that it could actually happen I found Pfeffer s story of the moon being knocked out of orbit so far fetched that I could barely believe it from the very beginning CAUTION there may be spoilers in this review, so if you haven t yet read this sorry excuse for a book, you might not want to continue reading.
My second problem with this book were the characters We get to meet Miranda, the spoiled girl who gripes because her mother won t let her eat whatever she wants We hear the whole story from her POV Then there s her mother, who constantly attacks George W Bush, refuses to watch Fox News even though it s the end of the world and CNN lost its news feed, and constantly drills into her children that they aren t to help anyone No one Miranda s little brother manages to go to baseball camp despite everything that s happening One of Miranda s friends refuses to eat because she believes that God will provide for her And that s how everyone religious is portrayed in the book Completely delusional wackos I feel like Pfeffer s voice and opinions were coming through her characters, making them shallow and unbelievable.
The volcano in Yellowstone park erupts, but yet nothing happens except a little ash.
Um, what Tsunamis are threatening the entire coast, the death rate is rising, but yet Miranda s older brother and pregnant girlfriend manage to make it safely to their house Miranda wanders the streets but never once gets mugged or even close to it A dangerous virus rages, killing almost everyone who contracts it Everyone in Miranda s family gets it except her, but yet no one dies How convenient The electricity flickers on at random times, and with it, the internet magically works Even when the electricity is off, they have running water It appears that Pfeffer didn t even research anything the slightest amount.
The story gets increasingly dull in the middle Page after page after page of Miranda and her family living in their sunroom, surviving with nothing at all happening I almost stopped reading then, but I still had hopes that maybe, just maybe, the book would redeem itself at the end It didn t Miranda s family had finally run out of food, and she was walking the streets, expecting to die But to her luck, she makes her way to the city hall We ve already been told that crops aren t making it, the food supplies are dwindling, and basically, there s nothing left But lo and behold, the city hall is giving out a bag of food every Monday Now where did this food come from This is only one mystery of Pfeffer s failed dystopian world I found myself left with a disappointed feeling, a book I hated, and a wasted 7.
This story gives you page after page of quietly powerful sentences and deep life lessons that will stay with you loooong after you ve put this book down.
Miranda, once a typical teenage girl, now faces the unthinkable for herself and for her family A large meteor has collided with the moon, pushing it closer to Earth, causing tidal waves, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes The power grid is destroyed Volcanic ash now blocks the sun Everywhere, people are dying from freezing temperatures and starvation This horrific situation forces Miranda to grow up quickly in an effort to save her friends and family, and she inevitably discovers what s really important in lifeDo people ever realize how precious life is I know I never did before There was always time There was always a future I ve resolved to take a moment every day for the rest of my life to appreciate what I have Today I am 17 and warm and well fed, I m keeping this journal for myself so I can always remember Life As We Knew It We re all alive We re all healthy These are the good times