Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Genre: young adult fiction
From my TBR list?: Yes
Book #1 of a trilogy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Even though this book deals with the aftermath of a fantastical natural disaster, I wouldn't call it sci-fi. It is more about how family members cope when all they have to rely on is each other. For me, it brought up the question of how I would react in a similar situation.
The author doesn't sugarcoat events as much as I would have expected in a young adult novel. There are deaths and bad behavior, and the main character Miranda isn't exactly a Pollyanna. There isn't a magical ending, either, that would make everyone live happily ever after. My 16-year-old daughter couldn't finish the book because she kept crying and she isn't an overly emotional girl. That is a testament to Pfeffer's storytelling; she made us both feel like the situation in the book could really occur.
I didn't find out that this was the first book in a planned trilogy until until after I finished it. My policy is to wait until all books in a trilogy have been published before I start reading. If you are like me, then you may want to wait until April 2010 when the third book, "This World We Live In", is published. However, I think that this book is wrapped up in such a manner that it will be nice to revisit these characters next year, but I'm not tearing my hair out wondering what happened.
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