By: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Format: Ebook, 256 pages
Source: Purchased for Nook
Challenges: 2011 Dystopia Challenge, 2011 Ebook Challenge
Series: Life As We Knew It review | The Dead and Gone review
author blog | Life As We Knew It
Summary (from Goodreads): It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.
My Review: I absolutely adore this series. When I read the first book, I was so taken in by the story and the writing, and I couldn't put the book down. Even though I read the book in the middle of the summer, I felt cold with the descriptions of the bitter cold that Miranda and her family experienced. I thought about how unprepared they were for this catastrophic event.
The trouble was, this book didn't have that same urgency and unexpected nature that I loved in the first two books. People die, as they did in the first book, and the same problems are visited again. There is virtually no progression within the society as a whole. I understand that the world was probably reeling, and it's unrealistic to expect that after just a year, that the government would have been able to get its act together enough to create some kind of new system. However, I wanted some kind of hope that their situation was going to get better. Very little changed in the way that Miranda and her family lived. It was all still about survival.
Many have complained about the relationship between Alex and Miranda. That didn't bother me so much. I can imagine that many teenagers would act the same way if there was no one around that was their same age. The passion and desire would be a little more intense than if there were more options or if they had more security in their situation.
Ultimately, the book was only so-so. I suppose the glimmer of hope that I have is that Susan Beth Pfeffer has announced that she will be writing another book in this series. I sincerely hope that we see a little more progression in the world and get some closure in the series.