Life As We Knew It is by Susan Pfeffer (Graphia, 2008). I read this book for our mother/daughter book group, and even though geared for 6-8th grade, it is a spectacular book based on how Miranda, a high school sophomore, and her family cope with the extreme changes that occur in her home town when the moon is hit by a meteor and is bumped closer to the earth.
With 2012 coming up, and all the movies and books based on the end of our life as we know it, this book was serious and touching, unflinchingly exploring the food and energy shortages that occurred, the erratic weather that collapsed businesses and homes all over the country, the stockpiling, rationing and breakdowns in communication and how Miranda and her family dealt with their difficult situation.
The eerie thing is that it is not unrealistic, and I couldn’t put it down. Since I read the book it has provoked serious thought into what we would do as a family if a catastrophe like this occurred. I liked the transformation in Miranda from a self-centered girl to a selfless woman. I also liked how without electronics the family began to relate to each other again.
This is the first book in the Last Survivor’s Trilogy — this book takes place in Pennsylvania and the second, The Dead and the Gone, in NYC. In the third book, This World We Live In, we’re back in Pennsylvania with the main characters from the second book connecting with Miranda and her family. A definite must-read!