Sunday, July 17, 2011

Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer

Reading Hammock’s Rating:
3 out of 5
Fiction Genre:
Life as We Knew It
Susan Pfeffer
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Publication Date:
October 2006
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade
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Author’s Synopsis:

            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.

My review:

            I did not find this book as engaging as the people who recommended it to me.  First of all, there was not much action throughout the story.  Most of the pages were wasted on the overriding question of food and starvation.  The problem is that I quickly figured out that the main character would not die of starvation because this novel is part of a series.  That simple fact reduced a great deal of tension is plot.  Not even the main idea of the novel captured my attention because I could not relate to the main character and her struggles.  Because of this, I did not have much emotional connection to the main character and her family which made it painful to read on.  I would not recommend this book because I found it hard to connect to the characters and feel tension in the plot line of this novel.

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