Thursday, April 15, 2010

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: Life As We Knew It

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Published: Orlando : Harcourt, c2006

Pages: 337

Series: Book 1, Moon

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

Summary: 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.

Review: Every now and again I'll read a dystopian novel and I do enjoy them. My favourite would be 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not here to talk about 1984. I'm here to talk about Life As We Knew It because Life As We Knew It is such a great book and from the first chapter I was hooked.
While the novel was largely focused on the characters I found them to be quite plain and I didn't really think about them.  I think there were only a couple of characters that stuck in my mind these being Sam and Miranda's dad. I also liked Mrs Nesbitt she seemed like such a nice lady.
Susan Beth Pfeffer has written a fantastic "what if" tale.  I felt that it was a really well-written and great portrayal of what could happen if the moon got closer to the Earth.
I know there is a companion novel and a sequel to Life As We Knew It.  I'll be really excited to read both.
Overall, Life As We Knew It is quite a sad book but also full of hope.  If you're a fan of dystopian fiction then you may just enjoy Life As We Knew It.

Source: Library


  1. OK I love that quote LOL that's great - I have this book, I think I need to read it, awesome review!

  2. haha, that quote is great! that alone makes me want to read this series!

    Great review, I am adding this to my wishlist as we speak! Can't wait to check it out!

  3. I loved this book! It was kinda crazy to read it during a blizzard (I started believing that the plot was true), but I am so glad that I did read it. I can't wait to read the second and third in this series! Thanks for the review.

  4. I loved this book!! I also read the companion novel which has a different set of characters and is in a city, which feels so removed from where the first book is set. They're both wonderful, tho, and I'm excited to read book 3.


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