Life as We Knew ItPaperback - 2006
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DBRL_KrisA Aug 16, 2017
If you know me well, you know I like reading books about "what if" - alternate history especially, but also books like this one, which explores the question, "What if a meteor hit the moon, moving it closer to the Earth? What are the effects - astrological, climatic, etc. - of such... Read More »
Companion to 'The Dead and the Gone'.
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
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RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
Red_Gazelle_7 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
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''Sometimes it's safer to cry about people you don't know than to think about people you really love.'' -Miranda
“Here's the funny thing about the world coming to an end. Once it gets going, it doesn't seem to stop.”
"What about desserts?" I asked. "If the world comes to an end, I'm going to want cookies."
"We're all going to want cookies if the world comes to an end," Mrs. Nesbitt agreed. "And chips and pretzels. If the world is coming to an end, why should I care about my blood pressure?"
"Okay, we'll die fat," Mom said.
"Do people really realize how precious life is? I know I never did before. There was always time. There was always a future. Maybe because I don't know anymore if there is a future, I'm grateful for the good things that have happened to me this year."
"God has his own reasons for what we're suffering. Maybe when we're in heaven we'll understand, but until then all we can do is pray for His forgiveness and obey his will."
"When it comes to an end, we need to take care of others like our family before ourselves and we need to appreciate foods, shelter and water that we had. If the ends come to an end, we need to pray for our souls and our needs."
It really was funny that the world was coming to an end and I still couldn't get any action.
Other: One dead body is seen up close by the main character, a girl purposefully starves herself, a lady hangs herself, many people die in natural disasters and from disease/starvation/the cold/
Frightening or Intense Scenes: People do get really sick and unwell, starvation is a factor
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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 lunar impact that knocks the moon closer in orbit, catastrophically altering the Earth's climate! Everything else in Miranda's life fades away as supermarkets run out of food, gas goes up to more than 10 dollars a gallon, and school is closed indefinitely. But what Miranda and her family don't realize is that the worst is yet to come. Told in Miranda's diary entries, this is a heart pounding account of her struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all - hope - in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar time.