Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Series, Book 1

84%

17 Critic Reviews

Plausible science fiction with a frighteningly realistic reminder of recent tragedies here and abroad.
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Synopsis

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open.

High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in a year’s worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. An extraordinary series debut!

Susan Beth Pfeffer has written three companion novels to Life As We Knew It, including The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon.
 

About Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Susan Beth Pfeffer is the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times best-selling novel Life As We Knew It, which was nominated for several state awards, and its companion books, The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon. She lives in Middletown, NY.
 
Published May 1, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 353 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Life As We Knew It
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average

Plausible science fiction with a frighteningly realistic reminder of recent tragedies here and abroad.

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Examiner

Above average
on Apr 19 2010

The novel seemed like it was missing something, but it's still an interesting enough concept that the missing link can be overlooked.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Apr 16 2010

By the end you will be rooting for them and cheering for them, and also, at times, weeping for every character involved.

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Examiner

Good
on Mar 19 2010

Written in journal format, Miranda's story is gripping and heart-breaking.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Ilene Cooper on Mar 27 2014

Each page is filled with events both wearying and terrifying and infused with honest emotions. Pfeffer brings cataclysmic tragedy very close.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Mar 01 2007

Bauer’s impressive range of emotions gives her compelling reading of this survival story a real punch.

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Suite 101

Excellent
Reviewed by Amie Mccracken on Mar 18 2014

The story is personal, strong, and emotional. It is a roller coaster that one has to ride until the end in one sitting. The reader feels the trauma of the moment. Be ready for an adventure.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
on Oct 18 2011

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is one of the year's best books. You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails.

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SF Site

Good

If you want something emotionally involving, opt for Life As We Knew It.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Oct 01 2006

This is one terrifying book, more so because it's largely concerned with the mundane -- food, water, heat.

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Open Book Society

Excellent
Reviewed by OBS staff member Shae on Nov 09 2011

From the beginning to end I was glued. I finished this book in two days. I lived every moment of this book. It’s very well written, and not one time did I think, “That is not likely to happen”.’

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Boing Boing

Good
on Dec 13 2012

This could've been an utterly depressing novel, but Miranda's appealing character makes it a thrilling read instead.

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BookRack

Excellent
on Feb 15 2012

This was a great read, and I do recommend this book for readers of any age.

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Greenwood Public Library

Above average
on Jul 09 2012

I was not so much a fan because I am not really interested by this genre, but the book is well written.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by pictolover on Mar 18 2014

I really liked this book. It is written as diary entries which I particularly enjoyed...The only problem with the book is that it's a bit boring in the middle.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by musicispassion on Mar 18 2014

This book is amazing. It kept me interested and I couldn't stop thinking about what was going to happen next...This is compelling and you'll love it. It will leave u wanting more.

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Teen Ink

Good
on May 19 2012

I think the story was marvelous to read and I would read it again.

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