I listened to Life As We Knew It on audio cd with my 15 year old son. He wasn’t impressed with Miranda’s cutesy character at first, but I told him to hang in there, and he ended up being glad he did. We plan on listening to Pfeffer’s The Dead and the Gone if it comes out on audio at our library.
In the story, an asteroid has struck the moon with catastrophic consequences for Earth. Tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, and electrical and food shortages ensue. The book sort of reminded me of a teen version of The Road. Miranda struggles along with her mother and brothers just to survive. She also struggles with the typical teenage problems of today. It made for a few good discussions with my son.
He and I are looking forward to the ‘boy version’ of events in The Dead and the Gone. The second book is also in a different setting (New York vs. rural Pennsylvania), so that element should be interesting as well.
2006, 352 pp.