Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wonderful Weekend Book Review

It is time for the Wonderful Weekend Book Review!

This week I am reviewing one of my FAVORITE books (for personal enjoyment and to teach). The book is Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer. It is the first book in a great Trilogy (the fourth book is due out in August)

Overview: High school sophomore Miranda is just like any other high school student: studying, friends, and writing in her diary. But one evening in May everything changes, an asteroid hits the moon and brings the moon much closer to earth- disrupting everything. Amidst tsunamis, earthquakes and volcano eruptions- Miranda and her family must learn to survive in an increasingly dangerous world.

Review: This book is truly wonderful. It is a little slow in the first chapter- but it quickly turns into a page turner! This book's particular focus on the characters slow starvation really makes you thankful for every morsel of food you have- it may even turn you into a doomsday prepper! There are several themes in the novel that will be good to go over with students. I particularly like the opportunity for critical thinking that the book presents when Miranda and her family try to figure out how to get food. The other books in the series are also very good. I actually think the second book The Dead and Gone is better for adult reading. The survivor of this book lives in New York City and faces more sinister challenges in his bid for survival. In the third novel- This World We Live In Miranda and Alex the character from the second book meet up (which I found to be a clever twist). If you like this type of "end of the world" fiction I do suggest this entire series. I really enjoyed it and I have actually read the series more than once!

I have a novel guide for this novel on TPT if you read it and want to use it in your classroom. Your students will love it! Find the novel guide HERE.