Saturday, October 24, 2009

Read a Thon Book Review

Life As We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer

When an asteroid hits the moon, it knocks its orbit closer to the Earth. The increased gravitational pull causes tides to be massive tidal waves. Within the hour, Cape Cod, Staten Island, Rhode Island and Hawaii are just... gone. Earthquakes. Long dormant volcanoes and not dormant volcanoes start erupting and don't stop, sending the planet into thermal winter.

Miranda and her family are in a Howell, Pennsylvania, living almost in the country. They keep water longer, as they have a well. They have a wood stove, so when the gas and heating oil run out, they still can cook and get some warmth.

But the food dwindles and epidemic sweep through town and life will never return to normal.

Overall, a gripping book that I loved. I had a few questions about it (the premise alone is a little whack and at one point Miranda asks why the army didn't blow up the moon when they had the chance and I wonder why they didn't blow up the moon once it got too close) but I did really like it. Miranda doesn't always cope well. She annoyed me sometimes. I wasn't sure I'm ok with how religion was portrayed (the preacher got fat while his congregation starved and demanded repentance instead of offering comfort). I like how we didn't find out what happened to a lot of people.

A good read.

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Melanie said...

I have this book on my TBR pile. I've heard nothing but good things about it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Happy reading! =)

Meg @ write meg! said...

Totally loved this one, too -- it was really gripping and scary. I actually had nightmares after finishing it, and I've thought about it a few times while looking up at the moon! I'll be starting the sequel soon, but I had to take a break in between... wayyy too much dystopia for my comfort level! :)