Friday, January 12, 2007

Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer

When an asteroid collides with the moon and shifts the moon's orbit erratically closer to the Earth, the effect is catastrophic to the ecosystem. For 16-year-old Miranda, it is hard to understand the significance of the event and how it will change her life. But as civilization begins to fall apart and Miranda and her family struggle to stay alive, she begins to realize how precarious life is and what really matters in this world.

An extremely depressing and downbeat story of survival. This may shock the more innocent and naive, but overall I found it to be tedious. Not that I suppose that survival in such circumstances for an average family would be all that exciting, but the day-after-day repetition of hunger, boredom, and endless new agony just really makes the book's 337 pages a bit of a chore. A powerful story, but not a very entertaining one.

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