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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Sep 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: not-mine-library, young-adult, dystopian

I am so not as prepared for the end of the world as I thought I was!

Years and years ago, I had a massive platonic crush on a girl named Micheala. She was awesome…. She had bright orange dreadlocks and rode an orange, sparkly motorcycle (and knew how to fix it!) She grew her own veggies, canned them, made pottery, knew how to knit, how to make paper, how to make her own cat food, she was making a loom so she could make her own cloth for clothes... not that she actually did all of this stuff on a regular basis. But she had the equipment and the knowledge. One day, she confessed to me that she had a day dream about the end of the world and being able to be totally self sufficient while everything else was a shambles. She was my hero, I thought she was amazing. (Did I mention that I smoked a lot of pot when I was younger?? ;))

It’s been years since Micheala & I have hung out, and I’m lately too busy with regular life to continue learning all of these crazy handmade crafts that I used to be so fascinated in. But I still love dystopian, apocalyptic stories. So, of course Life as We Knew It is right up my alley. The moon being knocked into a different orbit & irreversibly changing conditions on earth is just about as big of an apocalypse as there is. Susan Beth Pfeffer provided plenty of natural disasters to make life in northeastern PA pretty grim and crappy. Miranda is a likeable character with a voice that is easy to read. She is an incredibly realistic teenager ~ self involved, not too aware of the world around her. But as others have pointed out, this story, while mesmerizing, falls a little flat. There is no climax, no controversy. Although I appreciate the realness of Miranda not knowing or caring to know the condition of the world around her… I want to know! Even so, I enjoyed reading about the trials Miranda & her family faced and how they dealt with them.

I am definitely reading the second in this series. Hopefully Miranda and her family will learn more about becoming self-sufficient (I wonder why they didn’t turn to the library for survival books?)Maybe there will be some tension, a love interest, and more natural disasters. But if not, I’m sure I will continue to read and use this as both a reference and a check list… better safe than sorry, right? ;)
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Tatiana Just so you know, the 2nd book is from a POV of a different character who is affected by the same disaster but lives somewhere else.

Megan What? Ah... crap. Not that I was especially invested in Miranda & her family, but I was expecting that story to continue & develop. Thanks for the heads up.

Tatiana It continues in book 3 though.

message 4: by Liz (new)

Liz The second book is excellent though, same world but instead of surviving in a small town, it's about Alex Morales surviving in NYC. Apparently during an interview, the author joked "I figure with 300 million people alive in the United States, even if I write about 10 people a book, I can still get another 2,999,998 novels out of that meteor, and that should keep me busy and entertained well past the foreseeable future."

Megan Fantastic! Thanks for the info, ladies :)

@Liz I guess Pfeffer plans on continuing the series indefinately, huh? lol

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Savannah Nine In book three the main character from the second book and Miranda meet.

Sorry for the spoilers!

message 7: by Megan (last edited Aug 25, 2013 09:09PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Megan If you were truly sorry about the spoilers, you

1) Wouldn't include them in your comments!

2) Would at least do everyone the courtesy of hiding them behind a spoiler tag. When you type a comment, there is a tan link on the top right side of the comment box which says (some html is ok) click on it and it will tell you how to (view spoiler)

Honestly, what is the point of your comment other than to ruin and spoil the series for everyone else who may not have read book three yet????

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