It was a school night like any other.  Everyone was getting ready for the big meteor shower that was supposed to hit that evening. Miranda planned to watch the event like everyone else…  But then the unthinkable happens… an asteroid knocks the moon off its orbit pushing it closer to the earth. No one expected that, and the tragedy that follows is catastrophic. Tsunamis are wiping out coastal towns, earthquakes rock the continents, volcanoes erupt everywhere so that the fallout ash blocks the sun.

Soon, food is scarce. No sun for growth. No sun for warmth. The world is a dull gray.  Survival is paramount to everything else. Miranda states,

“I wonder if I’ll ever have to decide which is worse, life as we’re living or no life at all.”

The first novel in the series is told through Miranda’s journal entries and chronicle her family’s fight to survive. In the second novel, you meet a new family and witness their struggles.  In the third, the survivors from the two families meet and try to push forward.

Yes, I said survivors. This series is not an easy read. Stealing from the dead bodies lying in the streets, stealing from houses where the inhabitants didn’t make it… this all becomes the norm to stay alive.

“Here’s the funny thing about the world coming to an end. Once it gets going, it doesn’t seem to stop.”

By the fourth novel, The Shade of the Moon, there is a new “normal, but the new communities are bleak. Life is still hard, and there is a strong distinction between the “haves” and the “have nots.”  It’s not just individual bullies, but the “superior” societies feel entitled to take advantage of the lower ranking societies.  It’s a miserable existence for most and the future doesn’t hold a lot of promise.

If you enjoy dystopian fiction, then you’ll love this series. It’s not pretty, but it’s a pretty good read.

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Life as We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer