Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Dec 9, 2012

Book Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Summary from Goodreads:
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 stove.

Told 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.

My thoughts:
I loved this book from start to finish. Written in diary form, Miranda tells her story starting with the day when a meteor hits the moon and knocks it off it's axis. This causes the moon to be closer to earth, and triggers worldwide natural disasters and extremely cold temps. There are food shortages, people dying everywhere and the flu makes it's round too. How do you survive with little to no electricity in a world that's technology driven?

This book is the first in a 3 book series. The storyline makes you think what if, and that alone makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even though it's aimed toward a young adult audience. 

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!


  1. I would love to know your thoughts about this book compared to The Road. :) You know I didn't like The Road.... :)

    1. Well, this is definitely 10 times better than The Road. I think The Road was one of the first apocalyptic type of books I've ever read and I think most that I've read since then have been better by far. If I had read the others before, I don't think I would've liked it as much!


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