I LOVE the Life as We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer! It is terrifying and addictive! I could not put them down. Even though I love a good zombie apocalypse novel, the scariest are those stories that involve natural disasters…ones that could POSSIBLY occur. After reading this series, I value the food in my kitchen cabinets and I’m in awe as I see rows of food in the grocery stores. These novels made me feel like I really need to stock up on canned foods and survival gear! This series will definitely make you question whether you would be prepared for a natural disaster…one where food and coats and heat are more valuable than money.
In Life as We Knew It, Miranda narrates the details after the moon is knocked closer to earth by an asteroid. Tides devastate coast lines, volcanoes erupt and destroy cities leaving ash covering the sky and blocking the sun across the country killing all plants, earthquakes demolish locations, and the weather is fickle and eventually temperature plummets to bitter cold. Miranda documents how her family survives in a rural Pennsylvania town.
In The Dead and the Gone, we follow Alex who is located in New York City. We get a firsthand account of how those in a major metropolitan area survived (or didn’t survive) the moon fiasco. His parents never return home after the moon is knocked out of orbit; therefore, Alex is responsible for his two younger sisters, and he feels great pressure to keep them alive.
In This World We Live In, Miranda is again our narrator, but Alex eventually returns to the story when he and his sister, Julie, show up with Miranda’s father at her house in Pennsylvania. The ending reveals a terrifying side to Miranda and what she is capable of in this new world in which she lives. The ending leaves us biting our nails as the families are forced to leave their Pennsylvania refuge due to a powerful tornado that wiped out the town and destroyed all food and any chance for electricity to return. The next novel in the series is The Shade of the Moon.