Monday, August 27, 2012

Life As We Knew It

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a great example of the breakdown of society during an apocalyptic event. It is the first in The Last Survivors trilogy. The story is told through a series of journal entries by 16-year-old Miranda, who lives in rural Pennsylvania with her mom and two brothers. I don't normally care for this type of storytelling because it can be very limiting and annoying, but it really worked here. I felt like I had the whole story.

As the book begins, a meteor is about to hit the moon. Once it actually does so, and knocks it just enough out of its regular orbit, things start happening: first major things such as tsunamis, and then less noticeable things, such as a change in seasons. Eventually, everyone is on their own with no resources from the city, state, or government.

I thought this book was really interesting and actually realistic about what might happen to people when they had to fend for themselves. I highly recommend this book and the next two to anyone who likes survival stories. The second book, The Dead and the Gone, is very good, too. It takes place in the same time line as Life As We Knew It (starting from the meteor), and follows Alex, who must protect his sisters in the very urban New York. The third book, This World We Live In, has Alex and Miranda meet.

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