Book Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Book 1 of The Last Survivors Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

When I finished this book and looked up out of the window of my classroom, I was astonished to see my world and not the one from the book. The author did an incredibly good job of weaving her story, so much that I was disgusted at the mere thought of eating after reading about characters dying from starvation. I’ve never felt such strong emotions while reading a book, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a totally immersive reading experience.

Miranda lives a normal teenage life with perfectly average problems, but when an asteroid crashes into the moon and sends it spiraling out of control towards the earth, her life is forever changed.

The change in the moon’s gravitational field instantly causes changes in the Earth’s tides, creating earthquakes and tsunamis that the world has never seen before. Cities on the coasts have been destroyed, entire electrical grids have been shut down, and the crops have all been washed away.

Miranda and her family manage to grab food from the nearby grocery store before it is looted, but it isn’t nearly enough to keep them alive for the indeterminate future. When volcanoes begin erupting in places where they aren’t supposed to, the air fills up with ash and going outside isn’t safe either.

With limited food, water, and now sunlight, will Miranda and her family survive this catastrophe?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series Book 1)

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