Thursday, July 5, 2012

Life As We Knew It (The Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Wow, wow, wow...what an amazing read!  So amazing that I literally could not put it down until I finished it (which was at 2 a.m.)  And one of the best things is that this is a trilogy so there are two more amazing books to read!  The next one deals with the same natural disaster but from the point of view of someone who lives in NYC (contrasts with the first book which was a rural setting.)  The third combines the characters for the finale.  I have a feeling that this is a trilogy that the books get better and better :)

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948. She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains. When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer. That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors. However, it wasn't until 1970 that her first book, Just Morgan, was published. She wrote it during her last semester at New York University; since then, she has been a full-time writer for young people.

She has won numerous awards and citations for her work, which range from picture books to middle-grade and young-adult novels, and include both contemporary and historical fiction. She is also the author of the popular Portraits of Little Women series for grades 3-6, and has written a book for adults on writing for children.

To date, she has written more than 60 books. About David was awarded the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award. The Year Without Michael is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award; it was also named by the American Library Association as one of the hundred best books for teenagers written between 1968-1993.

When she is not working, she enjoys watching movies, both new and old, and collecting movie memorabilia, reading biographies and histories, and eating foods that are bad for her. She lives in Middletown, New York, with her two cats, Alexander and Emily.

Named the American Library Associations Young Adult Library Services Association Best Book for Young Adults 2007 and Teens’ Top Ten Booklist in 2007. Finalist for the Andre Norton Award, Quill Awards, Hal Clement Awards

My Thoughts:

This book has it all...suspense, mystery, adventure, and boy does this author do an amazing job weaving the story together.  There were moments when I laughed, moments when I cried, and moments when I held my breath for this family as they faced the trials and tribulations.

I have been somewhat "prepper" minded since the last hurricane came through our area - hardly a scenario as shown in this book, but 12 days without power will make you start wondering.  This book reinforced my ideas about being prepared and helping your family survive.

This is the first time I have read anything by Pfeffer but she in one book has risen to my list of favorite authors.  She is an amazing storyteller and I was in every way right in this novel with the characters facing all of the hardships they were.

This is a story about survival and perseverance and how individuals can triumph in the face of severe hardship and even death.  I highly recommend this novel, it is one that I will be adding to my classroom library and encouraging my students to read.


Book Rating: 5/5

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