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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.

Paperback, 360 pages
Published on May 1, 2008 by Graphia
12 Book Reviews
  • gold3nglare
    gold3nglare11 months44 stars
    Okay first of all, why would the scientist be EXCITED for the moon coming closer to Earth? They should be the people telling everybody that this is no joke, and to stay at home and be safe because winter, tsunamis, volcano, disease, and famine would happen! But I liked the book. Just not the scientist.
    • howls
      howlsabout 1 year55 stars
      When Miranda first hears the warnings that a meteor is headed on a collision path with the moon they just sound like an excuse for extra homework assignments but her disbelief turns to fear in a split second as the entire world witnesses a lunarcimpact that knocks the moon closer in orbit catastrophically altering the earth's climate . everything else in Miranda life fades away as supermarkets bruh out of of food gas goes up to more then ten dollars and school is closed indefinitely but what Miranda and her family don't realize is that the worst is yet to come
      • Personabout 2 years
        I agree with yesme, this is defenatly a book for older kids, and it can be frightening at times. This is a really inspiring story about family and perserverience. Also it is a very distopian book so if thats your kind or thing like me READ IT!
        • stellaluna
          stellalunaabout 2 years55 stars
          I am reading this book currently!! It is pretty good, and I am excited to read more!
          • S.D. about 3 years
            I would give this book a 9-10 rating. This book is good for older kids only because it could possibly be a bit frightening at times if you were younger. I would recommend this book to someone who wants a good family story and a science type of novel.
            • yesmeover 3 years
              this book entertains you like a movie and you wanto read more and more to the end.
              • yy2134
                yy2134almost 6 years55 stars
                This is a amazing book about how an asteroid crashes into the moon and makes it closer to the earth. This causes all kinds of disasters. You are able to experience this tragic event through journal entries made by a girl called Miranda trying to survive with beloved family.
                • cocollette
                  cocollettealmost 6 years55 stars
                  This book was amazing. It was a story of courage and survival against all the odds. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
                  • cocollette
                    cocolletteover 6 years55 stars
                    i want to read this book!
                    • soccer9
                      soccer9over 7 years
                      Life as we knew it and the books I this series are very intense. Their are any twists and turns through out the book. A 14 year old girl, Miranda has a younger brother John and A older brother, Matt. A asteroid hits the moon and throws the world off balance. Miranda and her brothers and mom try to survive the world wide diasters.