Life As We Knew It

Life As We Knew It 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 StoveTold 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

Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948 She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors However, it wasn t

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  • Paperback
  • 337 pages
  • Life As We Knew It
  • Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • English
  • 23 December 2017

10 thoughts on “Life As We Knew It

  1. says:

    Okay, I was really looking forward to this book I ve been reading a lot of dystopias lately and they ve surprised me in a positive way Not this one.Why SCIENCE Listen, if you re writing fantasy or sci fi that s not based on Earth you can go all out, like, That asteroid knocked Zhogenaqn, our moon, out of orbit, which caused all the feueldndao plants to release zignhnwp, a deadly virus It s cool You can do that, and I won t even bat an eyelash at it.BUT when you say oh all the astronomers were really psyched about that asteroid that would hit the moon, but it ended up knocking the moon out of orbit like a goddamn marble and make its way towards Earth , then we have a problem First of all, it would take an object equal to the moon in density and size, hitting it at the same velocity as its trajectory, but on an opposite direction to knock it out of said orbit ARE YOU TELLING ME ALL THE WORLD S ASTRONOMERS COULD NOT CALCULATE THAT SHIT Not that there would be anything to calculate since the book tells us the asteroid was a lot smaller than the moon Then a bunch of unrealistic, unscientific stuff happens, which is just basically a whole case of author did not do the research even if I were able to ignore that moon stuff , WHICH, AS A SCIENTIST, I CAN T I wouldn t be able to ignore this How the fuck do tides cause tsunamis Are tides somehow causing submarine earthquakes And the Yellowstone volcano erupted because of the moon WTF and all it did was send out a little ash And suddenly malaria I JUST CAN T WITH THIS SHIT I m not religious, my family isn t religious I don t care about religion That being said, the author s attack on religious characters is absurd Why are they being portrayed as whack jobs who incite children to starve because God will provide for them while churches are keeping all the food for themselves Give me a break, the great majority of the world s population is religious, they re not all crazy people And churches or the equivalent depending on denomination have a history of helping people when disaster strikes Bitch all you want, but even now with this fucking crisis, there are a lot of people who would be starving if it weren t for food provided by organizations connected to religious movements.Don t use YA books as your platform to spout this kind of shit It makes you look like an asshole Especially if you already proved to the world you are unable to grasp the basics of science And the story If you advertise your book as a dystopia, don t make us read a teenage girl s diary unless shit actually happens in it I know I sound mad, and I am mad because there is so much awesome stuff you could do with science on your side The author even quoted Star Trek TOS, which was pretty okay on the science bits even though it had a lot of leeway what with it being in OUTER SPACE WITH ALIENS But this book

  2. says:

    This book is was very overwhelming for me I felt like it could really happen After I read half the book I honestly wanted to go to the grocery store and get as much food as I possibly could It showed me how fragile our lives really are, and I was reminded again what really is important in life Miranda grows so much, at first I think she sounds a bit spoiled but she grows out of it And you see what people are truly capable of As the story progresses things get worse and worse That is what made me want to put the book down but I really just had to know how it ended And the end gave you something to hold on to.

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    Opening Line Lisa 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.306jb5

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    I m all for the survival of the fittest when tragedy strikes novels I normally like the hardcore kind Given this was a young adult novel, I didn t expect it to be graphic, violent or truly horrific which is why I went into it expecting light hearted fiction and that s what I got Nothing too clever or deep, but it did make me sad a few times The characters are basic, the plot typical for this type of novel The science of it all could be valid I m not exactly sure what I d expect to happen if an asteroid hit the moon and caused it to completely change the climate of the earth Good description of the new type of snow and lack of sunlight What I hoped we got of was the impact on the rest of the country I get that the point of the book is what specifically happens to this one family, but the author just throws out most of the eastern seaboard is washed away and hundreds of thousands of people died I would have expected millions to die in NYC alone since the impact took all of 5 minutes no one had time to run for cover I want to know what happens to the country as a whole but maybe that s going beyond the border of the series In the end, I find myself wanting to see what happens to the family in the next book so the author has done well

  7. says:

    Life As We Knew It Last Survivors 1 by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a book that sounded so intriguing and it certainly was A giant asteroid hits the moon from the dark side I think and it had a greater force than expected and pushes the moon out of it s normal orbit, path, rotation, and closer to Earth This book follows one family before and after as everything goes to h ll right away as tidal waves surge again and again, then and disaster happen due to the different forces of the gravitational pull Other things happen too Very thrilling and exciting book Glad I found it Who knew disasters could be so entertaining, lol, as long as it s in a book

  8. says:

    I warn you, this is going to make me sound a little odd, if not insane I read this book in bed, on the way to work, whenever I had free time I d be walking along the road thinking about how it s probably good that someone shared their lunch with me today because we need to save food And it s really grey today Damn those volcanic ash clouds blocking the sun I imagined all the food we d stock up on What would be like to bring back cars full of tinned and jarred food I need to remember to stock up on chocolate.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 as The Road by 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 Gone and This 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 as America Pacifica and Ashes, Ashes Hooray Another genre to love Dystopian or Not Dystopian Not Dystopian I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  9. says:

    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 7.95.

  10. says:

    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 life Do 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

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