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Life as We Knew It (Paperback)

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This book is terrifying! When a meteor knocks the moon closer to Earth, life as we know it is destroyed forever. While society is breaking down, high school sophomore Miranda and her family struggle to survive. I was riveted to every page of Pfeffer's novel — the first in the Last Survivors trilogy. I loved watching Miranda try and grow up in her harsh new reality. The scariest aspect is that the environmental disasters depicted in Miranda's chaotic world are are entirely possible. Forget zombies, we need to prepare for tidal waves and volcanic ash! I dare you to put down this addictive thriller.

— From Camilla's Picks (page 1)


I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald's still would be open.

High school sophomore Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, 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 a year's worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. An extraordinary series debut

Susan Beth Pfeffer has written several companion novels to Life As We Knew It, including The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon.

Praise For…

A 2011 ALA Popular Paperbacks Title

"Absorbing from first page to last."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Riveting and deeply frightening."—The Bulletin
"You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails."—

Product Details
ISBN: 9780152061548
ISBN-10: 0152061541
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: May 1st, 2008
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Life as We Knew It
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