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Friday, April 24, 2009

Life as we Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.

Reading an apocalyptic fiction while sitting on an earthquake in real life was quite ironic and scary. There was 2 earthquakes yesterday. One happened around 5-ish then another one 10-15 minutes before Grey's Anatomy. So yes I am totally freaked out. There I was reading a fictional nightmare about an end of the world theme and bam that happened.

The book was about this asteroid that nobody ever predicted that will affect us. This was such a unique theme, mostly it's a massive asteroid about to hit earth or that will hit earth, or some global warming or natural phenomena because we abuse mother nature. This was about the moon - knocked off its orbit and got closer to earth because of an asteroid. It was such a frightening image. Nobody anticipated it. All of a sudden there was tsunamis everywhere; the Liberty Island, Hawaii, Australia, and every coastline in the world has been submerged underwater, panic ensued, "earthquakes" happened, volcanoes all over the world erupted (even the dormant ones), food is luxury, gas prices were $50/gallon, black outs, drought, etc... In short humans are back from where we have started. I admire Miranda's family. Every tragedy, heartache, loss and challenges, they took it as much as they can and they were so calm (in my opinion) it was unheard of.I hate Reverend Marshall with passion, what a fake and how dare he use God's name as a tool so he can stay alive and fed. I would never look at canned veggies and meat the same way again. From now on I am treating them with respect like the fresh ones. I will not over eat. And I will definitely live my life to the fullest everyday. This may sound like a depressing read, but its not. It actually came out to be a brave book about hope and survival and how we should never ever take things/people for granted. Now one of my favorite books. Life changing, a must read.

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