**spoiler alert** I really found this to be a page turner. As soon as I read the summary for this book I thought I would love it but then after I read**spoiler alert** I really found this to be a page turner. As soon as I read the summary for this book I thought I would love it but then after I read some of the reviews that said how boring and repetitive it was I was worried. I'm glad those reviews turned out to be the opposite of how I felt. Sure, it was a little repetitive at some points but that's realistic. This is a diary of a girl trying to survive as the world is coming to an end. Of course there's going to be a lot of complaining, discussing of food, water, firewood, etc. However, there were definitely enough scenes that differed from this to keep the book entertaining for me.
I thought the book portrayed this scenario very well. Maybe the asteroid knocking the moon closer isn't the most realistic thing in the world, but from then on I felt like everything that happened was. All of the natural disasters from the moon's shift, how society tried to keep going on for a while but ultimately collapsed, and how personal relationships were maintained at first but quickly deteriorated.
So although I found the situation overall to be realistic I think the thing that pulled this down from 5 stars for me was that Miranda's family somehow ended up all happy and hopeful in the end. Sure Mrs. Nesbitt dies and that was sad, but it was made pretty clear that that was coming and she seemingly died of old age (albeit helped with lack of nutrition) so while sad, not the most tragic thing that could have happened in this story. Peter also dies but that didn't seem sad either as his character really isn't fleshed out at all.
When they all got the flu (save for Miranda) I thought to myself about how sad it would be if one of them died, but that it should happen since that really would have been much more realistic. When they all lived I was mixed between being happy and being disappointed. Same for Miranda miraculously getting saved and finding food at the end.
I also wasn't a huge fan of the diary format. I don't like them in general, and I don't think this one was done very well on top of my general dislike for them. She had pages and pages of quoted conversations which doesn't really fit into the diary format in my opinion. I definitely would have preferred a third person narration or even a first person non-diary format.
After looking at the rating for the rest of the series they seem to get worse which is a little disappointing. I'll still check them out though....more