Novels in November: Life As We Knew It

Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"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.

Life As We Knew It is very much a YA book, in that it's both narrated by a teen and absolutely for teens. It wasn't an unenjoyable read, but I found myself getting annoyed at how juvenile the....well, juvenile was.

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Overall, the book was a bit of fluff, based on a good concept but lacking the depth or dark tones that usually pull me into survival-themed tales. I'd recommend it for teenagers wondering "what if", anyone interested in how modern suburbia families might live as pioneers did, and people with a lot of time on their hands who don't mind novel-as-diary-entry stories.

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