Friday, January 7, 2011
Life As We Knew It by: Susan Beth Pfeffer
When a meteor has a collision with the moon and knocks the moon closer in orbit to the earth, nothing will ever be the same. There are worldwide tidal waves. There's volcanic eruptions in places where no one ever knew there was a volcano. There's people dying, everywhere.
And for Miranda Evans this is only the beginning. What would you do if you were sixteen, your parents were divorced, and people thought the world was coming to an end? Miranda has problem after problem. Her mother hurts herself and the guards won't let Miranda into the hospital, her friend Sammi becomes boy crazy and her friend Megan gets all religious, they have to cut back to two or even one meal a day, and if that isn't bad enough, the electricity stops working.
Then Miranda finds out that her friend Megan is starving herself because Megan's preacher is telling his congregation that if they eat, God will be angry with them since there's so many other people who could be eating the food they're eating. Of course, the preacher will gladly take anything they don't want to eat and eat it himself. Miranda is so angry she goes to the preacher and speaks her mind to him. But her troubles aren't over. Her whole family falls sick with a deadly flu that could quite possibly kill them. The only thing that Miranda can find joy in is swimming. And even that will soon be taken away from her.
This book is really captivating. It has a sixteen year-old girl's diary and views on life at a time when everyone thinks the world is coming to an end. Will her family end up on the dead list like so many other of their friend's families did?
My favorite character is Miranda. She rationed herself down to one or two meals a day, she took care of the family, and she cooked meals.
This book does line up with the Bible's views on the end of the world in some ways. There is an increase in natural disasters, just like the Bible said there's going to be, and there are false prophets, which also lines up with the Bible. Life As We Knew It is not written by a Christian author.
I hope you find this story as compelling as I did.