Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

book cover of  Life as We Knew It   (Last Survivors, book 1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Number of pages: 337
Amazing. That’s how I would describe this book. It was awesome! So here’s what happened…
The time is present day and Miranda (our main character) is living with her mom, younger brother Johnny, and older brother Matt, and life is going on as usual. Things are normal. However, a meteor crashes into the moon and causes horrible natural disasters. There are tsunami’s, earthquakes, and volcanoes.
Miranda’s family plans for the worst before it happens and collects canned food and vitamins from the grocery store and then the worst possibilities become reality.
First off, there’s no electricity (so no AC, heat, radio, phone calls, etc.). Next up, no more water. This happens a bit further down the road into their survival and is pretty much the turning point of the book because it really sets in for the characters that they need to have a survival plan.
Miranda’s family begins to ration food so that it can last longer and slowly her family begins to lose their strength. As the book progresses, we see how the characters deal with something as simple and deadly as the flu, and other obstacles like an always depleted food supply, struggles to stay warm throughout the winter, and getting around town without a car and about 20 feet of snow.
The book is flawlessly written and I love how as the book goes on, you can see how Miranda grows and matures. It also makes you appreciate what you have, and when her family starts to prepare to live through this disaster it makes you think what would you do if the same thing happened in real life?
Overall, a great book!! I loved the ending and I can’t wait to read the next two!
See you soon!
-Paige

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