Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Series: The Last Survivors
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours and 2 minutes
Narrator: Emily Bauer
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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.
On the story...
I honestly considered not writing a review for this book because of my concern that I could never adequately do this book justice and that any description might come across as negative instead of positive. Please trust me that whether it sounds like it or not, this book works.
First, the book is written in a series of diary entries. Under this format, there's no mystery or hidden conspiracy. We simply follow the day-to-day life of a family in crisis. Life is endangered, but people aren't running for their lives. While it isn't a page turner int eh traditional sense, things are so bad that you really want to know how it ends. Miranda can be whiny at times but she honestly whined over legitimate things. For example, there seemed to be sibling jealousy. When her younger brother was allowed to eat two meals a day and Miranda had to alternate between eating one and two meals, Miranda had quite a few things to say about it. Miranda and her mom seemed to argue a bit, but it seemed to fit. It's a YA read, but it reads a bit like middle grade to me.
I really enjoyed this book. I never knew what would happen next. Things get much worse before they get better, but there is a sense of hope at the end. This is one dystopian that I feel could seriously happen tomorrow because it doesn't rely on the breakdown of the government. This is definitely a very different dystopian read than most of the others.
On the narrator...
I enjoyed Ms. Bauer. I think she did a good job. The differences in voices for the characters were slight but I figured this was mroe because of the diary format than anything else.
I was pleasantly surprised at this one. This is the opposit of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Delirium series though. Pick this one up if you are looking for a different type of Dystopian read.
P.S. This goes toward that Dystopia challenge that I forgot that I committed to. I wasn't kidding when I said there were more to come.