Review : Life as We Knew it
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pages : 337
Genre : YA, Apocalypse Fiction
My Rating :
From the Back of the Book :
When a meteor hits the moon and knocks it closer in orbit to the Earth, nothing will ever be the same. Worldwide tidal waves. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. And that’s just the beginning.
I’m not sure where to begin with this review. I finished reading Life as We Knew It a week ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I’m pretty sure its story and characters will stay with me a lot longer than that. Haunting, realistically scary, it’s easily one of my favorite books this year.
Would I recommend it? Mostly, yes, although I know it’s not a read everyone will enjoy as much as I did.
Life as We Knew It was both powerful and scary. What made it so scary was the realism with witch the author described the events through Miranda’s journal. It’s not an action story : there’s no “fighting the evil guy and save the world”, nor is there a “send Bruce Willis to the meteor in a space shuttle and save the world”. There is no “good against evil” message or environmental message. It’s happening out of human reach, making our lives seem very small and unimportant on a universe scale.
All Miranda and her family can do is fight for survival – and that they do. I loved how close they were to each other, even in the hardest times. This doesn’t mean that they all get along perfectly, of course not! But how they react to each other, good or bad, was a lot like I would imagine people being if such a thing happened. Miranda’s voice was particularly true to a fifteen years old’s voice : at the beginning of the book, she was such a normal teen, going from very excited to whiny to scared. In the end though, it’s admiration I had for her strength. I have to give props to her mom, too, who was an incredibly strong and resourceful woman.
I feel there’s very little I can say to explain how much I loved this book or why. It was absolutely scary – I had nightmares of it a week after reading it. But this book wouldn’t be half as good if it wasn’t so realistic.
I loved the ending, although I was a little sad that we didn’t get a last update on certain characters. Especially since the second book, The Dead and the Gone, evolves around a different set of characters. The good news is, the third book, out in 2010, seems to join characters from both books together. I’m looking forward to reading these two books – and I just love the covers, too!