Life As We Knew It: Book Review

I should call this a book venting. Before anyone freaks out on me. I’m not trying to be mean, I read the entire book and enjoyed it. Only it was just one of those books where in the end I wish it had been scientifically accurate. The ways people reacted to the events were true to form. The science, however, was shaky at best.

Let me share some notes I highlighted while reading. I’m going to reveal basic plot points, so if you want to be spoiler free just go read it yourself. It’s on Amazon Kindle Unlimited now- Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

Very early on at the 4% mark, I started telling my family about this book.
“I don’t know what kind of book this is yet, but the moon is about to get hit by an asteroid and everyone on Earth is excited and happy about it,” I said.

That doesn’t seem right. I’m no astrophysicist but it seems to me that the reaction should be closer to the one in the movies Armageddon or Deep Impact.

But, hey, a benefit of the doubt, this could be a dystopian world. Maybe it is not actually our Earth, and there is no need to panic cause we have a Space Force or something.

Nope. There was every need to panic, and all the astronomers in this fictional universe should be ashamed. I mean, no one caught on? Not even a dorky guy with a lot of papers full of evidence? How about a high school teacher whom everyone thought was nuts? He could have driven all the way to DC to meet up with barely disguised fictional President Bush and shouted the alarm.

Anyhow, totally sucked in, and by the time they were all outside at their viewing parties I was chomping at the bit for some chunks of the moon to head our way.

We didn’t get chunks, but we got a much larger closer moon. Which as you may know is not great for the tides. The planet goes berserk. There are tsunamis, volcanoes, storms, and the inevitable flu epidemic and by the time the story is over I was hoping for werewolves. There was also malaria? In Pennsylvania? Hmmm. They get storms and eventually ash from volcanoes far away which is plausible.

The entire thing is in diary form and everydayness is one of the things I liked about it. The world doesn’t end with a bang it goes out with a whimper. Starving to death takes a long time when you’ve got some food. The family dynamics seemed true to real life and the ending although well timed is also in the realm of possibility.

The author seems pretty anti-organized religion and I didn’t like that the only religious figure in the book was a nutcase. I’m guessing that statistically there would be plenty of normal people praying about this situation.

This book will make you want to stock up on canned goods the same way that Dry made me want to bury a water tank in the yard.

I stayed up very late finishing it in hopes of something finally happening or some kind of a twist ending and I’m going to need to stew a bit more before I decide if I’m reading books 2 and 3!!

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