**spoiler alert** When I read how i live now there was something about it that I didn't like but couldn't articulate, what I don't like about this boo**spoiler alert** When I read how i live now there was something about it that I didn't like but couldn't articulate, what I don't like about this book is a little easier to get describe.
A co-worker mentioned that she was a little disappointed there was no major nuclear meltdown or cannibalism- both of which would not be far fetched in a semi-post-apocalyptic world. I suppose I expect the end of the world to be a little darker, Pfeffer is really generous and while she does give the reader a glimpse at the ugly side of survival...a starving family still has a pet cat? Really? No one's even thought about it?
The narrator, Miranda is likable but a little too heroic and squeaky clean. She doesn't get sick and saves her whole family when they fall ill with a pandemic flu! Sure she makes some mistakes but nothing as exciting as falling in love with her cousin. There are times when Miranda is complex and interesting and clearly working out some difficult feelings but Pfeffer never really delves into it. For a journal, Miranda's writing is surprisingly impersonal, to me anyway. Don't sixteen year old girls write about periods and feelings? I did. I get that Miranda is chronicling "life as we knew" but I was hoping for more of life as she knew it, or at least felt it. Still, worth a read. If you've read a synopsis and are thinking that the premise is impossible think again. Word around here is that a librarian talked to a scientist she knows and apparently it could happen. Scary!...more