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It is commonly known that the moon is a key force for controlling gravity and tide waves. What will happen to us if the moon is off track? We might not want to imagine the consequences since it could raise immense concerns, but Susan Betha Pfeffer’s science fiction novel Life as We knew it delineates an imaginary aftermath of such a disastrous moment for us.
The book, written in a diary of a teenage girl named Miranda, starts with NASA’s announcement that an asteroid was going to hit the moon, moving it closer to Earth. After this actually happened, the gravitational force decreased as countries get flooded, people were losing electricity, food, and other resources. As a result, the death rate went all the way up to millions.
Miranda strived to find a solution to survive the flooding. She and her family dealt with shortage of life necessities and their own stress and panic. As more people were moving to non-flooding areas, Miranda’s family were pondering on whether to move at a cost of losing everything they had or to stay and use their limited resources to find solutions. Time was ticking away. What were they going to do? Could they survive the flooding?
Life as We Knew it has an intriguing storyline, but the cumulation of mundane details makes it somewhat boring to read. The start and the closing deserve most credit and are the most gripping part of the story. The idea is amazing but I hope the author could do a better job in narrating the story and engaging readers. It is the first book of a series, each of which has around 325 pages. After reading this one, I am not motivated to read other books in that series.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Betha Pfeffer, HMH Books for Young Readers; First edition (May 1, 2008), 352 pp.
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7-9