Life As We Knew It – 4.8 surviving stars

Because you can never prep enough!

In the last days of Springgedon all I can think of is… How to survive and this book is all masterpiece tale of survival!

4.8 surviving stars!

About the book

Life As We Knew It

[Public Library Audio Book]

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open.High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like “one marble hits another.” The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, 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 a year’s worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. An extraordinary series debut! Susan Beth Pfeffer has written three companion novels to Life As We Knew It, including The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon.

Review

This book is a gripping, nail-biting step by step recount of how civilization will crumble after a ELE [Extinction Level Event] One of my favorite Dystopian/Apocalyptic of all times! A real treat for my apocalyptic soul!

I ran into this book last year when was searching for an audio book to try in the public library’s online catalog. I sorted by “most popular” and there it was. I loved the title, the cover, the premise and then I loved the book!

I never liked to listen to audio books before. When I got this book I couldn’t wait to get in the car and drive for hours so I could listen to it!

I was in awe of the way this book covers how an unexpected event impacts life on Earth [and the life of Miranda, the MC] with such incredible detail. First person is not my favorite POV, but Miranda’s diary won me over the same way that The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank, did.

Miranda’s diary narrates, with gripping and painful precision, almost day by day, how her life crumbles, gradually but unavoidably to pieces. Her school, sports, friends, boyfriend, community, family, country, planet… everything she had ever given for granted… just gone!

There is not an aspect of Miranda’s ordeal that is not addressed impeccably with very skilful writing, plotting, characterization and world-building. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was the scientific unlikeness of the event that triggered the story, which is almost irrelevant to the story anyway.

Every event in Miranda’s ordeal makes perfect sense and leads inexorably to the next, dragging the reader to experience firsthand her hopelessness and isolation while she tries to survive starvation and sickness in a world where there is no foreseeable future.

The raw realism of this book touches almost every emotion you can possibly imagine. It is a tale of family ties, commitment, love, friendship, survival and sacrifices; of rediscovering joy in the most unexpected places because each moment could be your last.

By the time you get to the last page you would have skipped many heartbeats and maybe will look at things a little differently as I do now. (I even started an emergency plan after reading this book! lol).

AND…

I learned TONS about survival with this book!

AND…

Book 2 is even better! It’s about urban survival in New York!

5 stars all the way! Don’t miss the review coming up soon!

What about you? Have you read this series?

No? Go read it! now! It’s so good! I hope you enjoy it!

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