Life as We Knew It

Life as We Knew It

Book - 2006
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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, [2006]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2006
ISBN: 9780152058265
Branch Call Number: YF PFEFFER
Characteristics: 337 pages : 22 cm


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JCLKellyD Mar 03, 2021

If you’re looking for a good TEEN sci-if book, this one is great. It’s the first of a four book series. I found reading this book during a world wide pandemic to be a little eerie but I think it might have enhanced the experience. No sex, violence or scary scenes. The book takes us through a 16 year old’s journal during a climate disaster.

Sep 16, 2020

Reading this during a pandemic and massive wildfires was an unsettling experience, to say the least. Very well done, though.

Aug 24, 2020

The plot's depressing, specially reading it during a pandemic, but it keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next.

This is an amazing book! I really liked the idea, and the characters were (mostly) awesome.
It felt realistic, and I was rooting for Miranda and her family. The ending was good. Matt was probably my favorite character, along with Mrs. Nesbitt.
However, I can't give this the five stars I want to. There's one reason for this: portrayal of religion. It's not a major part of the book, or my rating would be lower, but it was mildly irritating, and I had to put down the book once or twice to take a deep breath.
Overall, however, this was a really good book, and I'll probably read it again.

emilyhart66 Jun 14, 2020

Have borrowed this 4 book series from the library so many times that I finally bought my own copies! Tested by disaster what would we do? What would we become? What values would we uphold and what would we cast aside? These are interesting questions to ask in the light of current events. The characters don't always act as I would like and there are points in the books where I had to put some effort into "the willing suspension of disbelief," but those factors make The Moon Series compelling reading. Susan Beth Pfeffer has a website and I emailed her and told her I know that as a woman in my 60's I am not her target audience for these YA novels, but I love the series. Pfeffer wrote back and said "You are my target audience!" It was pretty exciting to get a response to my fangirl outpouring! If you like the series you can find and contribute to fan fiction online.

Apr 16, 2020

Perfect reading if you are growing weary of isolation and distancing. Trust me, after reading this book, you realize things could be a lot worse! Gripping tale of a world where basically everything goes wrong that could. And it's available as an eBook, even better, since my supply of library books is dwindling quickly.

Mar 03, 2020

I absolutely adore this book. I first read it in sixth grade, then again in seventh grade, and I just finished rereading it again in tenth and it's just as good as I remember. It tells a great story, the characters (especially Miranda) are very relatable, and it's got an incredibly interesting premise. The plot covers so many aspects of this apocalypse, all logical and interesting. It's incredibly captivating, I found myself feeling like I was still in this world every time I put the book down. All in all, it's a great book with interesting characters and plot, and I recommend it to people of all ages.

Jan 06, 2020

16 year old Miranda, lives in North Eastern Pennsylvania and is as excited as everyone else in her town about the meteor that is going to hit the Moon in a few days. Nobody thinks anything big will happen. Even scientists and astronomers think it will not be a big deal. But it turns out to be a BIG deal! The strike shoves the Moon into a lower orbit which really affects life on Earth in bad ways. Huge, HUGE tsunamis wipe out the East and West coasts of America. The new, much stronger, gravitational pulls on the Earth's crust, bringing liquid magma up to the Earth's surface.....lots of new volcanos sprout and erupt. Also, earthquakes every where! Suddenly life on Earth as we knew it is gone....and life becomes very, very hard to sustain. As example, because of all the ash from the erupting volcanoes cause the sun to be mostly blocked pit all over the world, in Miranda's Pennsylvania home, a killing frost occurs in August! The story of Miranda and her Mother, and 2 brother's (college student Matt and 10 year old George) survival is told through Miranda's diary entries. Some are short, some long. This book was fascinating! It was very real. You could easily imagine this actually happening. Miranda is a 16 year in the beginning, she acts like a 16 year old....sometimes self-centered, sometimes childish, sometimes very mature and helpful. I could not put this book down! While I tried to finish it at about 1:00am, I sleepily cursed the author for writing such an intriguing "can't put this book down" story! Oh well, who needs sleep? One last thing, this is book 1 of a 4 book series. I am on the Hold list for the next one and the one after that. Again, who needs sleep!?

Jul 27, 2019

A young adult novel about the end of the world. Perfect holiday reading! Very well-written, realistic, and involving. Couldn't put it down; didn't want it to end.

What happens when an asteroid crashes into the moon and shifts it closer to the Earth? Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and volcanic dust are only some of the results of this disaster. The 15- year-old narrator is Miranda, who lives in a rural area of the US. As she details all the struggles she and her family have to survive, I found myself (when involuntarily pulled out of the book) checking outside to see if the air was clear of volcanic ash and the sun was still shining. Utterly captivating, mesmerizing and inspiring, I stayed up till 3am reading this book (the first time I read it). (submitted by SB)

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Jul 15, 2015

''Sometimes it's safer to cry about people you don't know than to think about people you really love.'' -Miranda

Jul 08, 2014

“Here's the funny thing about the world coming to an end. Once it gets going, it doesn't seem to stop.”

Jun 14, 2014

"What about desserts?" I asked. "If the world comes to an end, I'm going to want cookies."
"We're all going to want cookies if the world comes to an end," Mrs. Nesbitt agreed. "And chips and pretzels. If the world is coming to an end, why should I care about my blood pressure?"
"Okay, we'll die fat," Mom said.

destiny1218 Jul 23, 2013

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before"

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before. There was always time. There was always a future. Maybe because I don't know anymore if there is a future, I'm grateful for the good things that have happened to me this year."

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"God has his own reasons for what we're suffering. Maybe when we're in heaven we'll understand, but until then all we can do is pray for His forgiveness and obey his will."

Jul 12, 2012

"When it comes to an end, we need to take care of others like our family before ourselves and we need to appreciate foods, shelter and water that we had. If the ends come to an end, we need to pray for our souls and our needs."

Jul 02, 2012

It really was funny that the world was coming to an end and I still couldn't get any action.

Apr 25, 2012

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


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Dec 27, 2020

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, 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 journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Jul 15, 2015

When Miranda first hears the warnings that a meteor is headed on a collision path with the moon,they just sound like an excuse for extra homework assignments. But her disbelief turns to fear in a split second as the entire world witnesses a lunar impact that knocks the moon closer in orbit, catastrophically altering the Earth's climate! Everything else in Miranda's life fades away as supermarkets run out of food, gas goes up to more than 10 dollars a gallon, and school is closed indefinitely. But what Miranda and her family don't realize is that the worst is yet to come. Told in Miranda's diary entries, this is a heart pounding account of her struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all - hope - in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar time.

Oct 23, 2012

A meteorite hits the moon, moon's orbit shifts closer to earth causing massive tidal surges, volcanic activity, early winter. Miranda & family stock up on food, wood, and try to survive cold, starvation, disease.


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Jun 14, 2014

Coarse Language: A couple minor swear words here and there

Jun 14, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People do get really sick and unwell, starvation is a factor

Jun 14, 2014

Other: One dead body is seen up close by the main character, a girl purposefully starves herself, a lady hangs herself, many people die in natural disasters and from disease/starvation/the cold/

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