Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is one of many, many apocalyptic teen novels. What makes this one stand out, aside from the excellent writing, is that it starts just before the crisis that causes profound change to the planet. Many books of the genre begin well after the event, whatever that may be, and they usually offer scanty information about what actually happened, which I find frustrating. In this novel you can see what exactly happens and how it affects one particular family. The protagonist is Miranda, a 16 year old girl. She writes all the events down in her diary and her descriptions of life in Pennsylvania after the crisis are so realistic it is chilling. It was hard to put this book down because it felt so real, it was a bit terrifying to think that it could happen. I highly recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading the 3 books that follow in the series.
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