Life as We Knew It

Life as We Knew It

Book - 2006
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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Publisher: Orlando :, Harcourt,, [2006]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780152058265
Branch Call Number: Y FIC PFEF
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 27, 2019

A young adult novel about the end of the world. Perfect holiday reading! Very well-written, realistic, and involving. Couldn't put it down; didn't want it to end.

What happens when an asteroid crashes into the moon and shifts it closer to the Earth? Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and volcanic dust are only some of the results of this disaster. The 15- year-old narrator is Miranda, who lives in a rural area of the US. As she details all the struggles she and her family have to survive, I found myself (when involuntarily pulled out of the book) checking outside to see if the air was clear of volcanic ash and the sun was still shining. Utterly captivating, mesmerizing and inspiring, I stayed up till 3am reading this book (the first time I read it). (submitted by SB)

Nov 30, 2017

I absolutely love this book. 'Life As We Knew It' is a true page-turner. I rarely come across a book that keeps me reading. this one, however, had no problem capturing my attention. i love the concept, the hidden meaning, the lessons, and the characters. the protagonist is relatable in so many ways, as are the family dynamics. the way she describes the importance of family, as well as the intensity of internal conflict, is undeniably thought-provoking. for me, the author brought the book to life. That "end-of-the-world" mindset lingered long after i finished the book. phenomenally written. i definitely recommend this novel.

DBRL_KrisA Aug 16, 2017

If you know me well, you know I like reading books about "what if" - alternate history especially, but also books like this one, which explores the question, "What if a meteor hit the moon, moving it closer to the Earth? What are the effects - astrological, climatic, etc. - of such a catastrophic event?"

And that's the part of the book I really enjoyed. It's obvious Pfeffer did her homework, not just on the science of the moon's shift and its effects on tides, volcanoes, etc., but also on societies after such an event - food sources and rationing, religious fervor, epidemics, even such little things as postal service and school closings.

The main thing in the book that I didn't like was, unfortunately, its hero, the narrator of the story, Miranda. She is such a whiner, completely oblivious to the effects the event is having on other people. She whines about being hungry; she whines about having to go to school (and then whines about not getting to go to school). In the middle of a life-or-death moment, when there's a danger of her whole family dying from smoke inhalation, she whines that they're all deathly sick with the flu and she's the one that has to deal with the smoke. A friend listened to the audiobook version of the novel, and said that the reader had a voice that really accentuated Miranda's whinyness.

Going into the book, I knew it was the first book in a series, so I was pretty sure Miranda and at least some of her family would survive; by the end of the book, I kinda wished her family would survive without her.

archreads Jul 18, 2017

This post-apocalyptic book was a compelling look at a family's realistic struggle for survival due to a series of natural disasters.

Oct 26, 2016

So slow, was waiting for something exciting to happen... nothing happend. Can't believe I took the time to read the whole book.

Oct 06, 2016

This made me want to stock up on canned goods like nothing else.

Sep 08, 2016

I really enjoyed this, especially the protagonist, but it's really about family and how we sacrifice for those that we love the most! Can't wait to read the second novel in this series. :)

Sep 02, 2016

An excellent novel about the end of the world and the struggle of a young teen girl to find her way in this new reality while trying to keep her family together. An excellent read.

Jul 22, 2016

This book is amazing, no doubt. My friend had recommended this book to me, and I completely love it, since I usually don't really read recommended book, but this was wonderful. It combined a natural disaster with a bit of fantasy and was a thrilling page turner. It was all about survival, and family, keeping together. So emotional, making this book very beautiful, and would recommend to others. It had thrill, suspense, and all the elements to a good book. Loved it a lot, would definitely recommend.

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Jul 15, 2015

''Sometimes it's safer to cry about people you don't know than to think about people you really love.'' -Miranda

Jul 08, 2014

“Here's the funny thing about the world coming to an end. Once it gets going, it doesn't seem to stop.”

Jun 14, 2014

"What about desserts?" I asked. "If the world comes to an end, I'm going to want cookies."
"We're all going to want cookies if the world comes to an end," Mrs. Nesbitt agreed. "And chips and pretzels. If the world is coming to an end, why should I care about my blood pressure?"
"Okay, we'll die fat," Mom said.

destiny1218 Jul 23, 2013

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before"

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before. There was always time. There was always a future. Maybe because I don't know anymore if there is a future, I'm grateful for the good things that have happened to me this year."

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"God has his own reasons for what we're suffering. Maybe when we're in heaven we'll understand, but until then all we can do is pray for His forgiveness and obey his will."

Jul 12, 2012

"When it comes to an end, we need to take care of others like our family before ourselves and we need to appreciate foods, shelter and water that we had. If the ends come to an end, we need to pray for our souls and our needs."

Jul 02, 2012

It really was funny that the world was coming to an end and I still couldn't get any action.

Apr 25, 2012

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s would still be open.


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Jun 14, 2014

Coarse Language: A couple minor swear words here and there

Jun 14, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People do get really sick and unwell, starvation is a factor

Jun 14, 2014

Other: One dead body is seen up close by the main character, a girl purposefully starves herself, a lady hangs herself, many people die in natural disasters and from disease/starvation/the cold/


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Jul 15, 2015

When Miranda first hears the warnings that a meteor is headed on a collision path with the moon,they just sound like an excuse for extra homework assignments. But her disbelief turns to fear in a split second as the entire world witnesses a lunar impact that knocks the moon closer in orbit, catastrophically altering the Earth's climate! Everything else in Miranda's life fades away as supermarkets run out of food, gas goes up to more than 10 dollars a gallon, and school is closed indefinitely. But what Miranda and her family don't realize is that the worst is yet to come. Told in Miranda's diary entries, this is a heart pounding account of her struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all - hope - in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar time.

Oct 23, 2012

A meteorite hits the moon, moon's orbit shifts closer to earth causing massive tidal surges, volcanic activity, early winter. Miranda & family stock up on food, wood, and try to survive cold, starvation, disease.

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