Life as We Knew It [Book Review]

I probably should have written this a month ago when I read it. As a result, this will be very brief.

I was really looking forward to Susan Beth Pfeffer’s series. I’d heard wonderful things so I was expecting something amazing. Instead, I got something that was just ok. It’s an interesting idea: a meteor hits the moon and shifts its orbit closer to Earth (please suspend your current scientific beliefs). This causes all kinds of havoc on Earth and forces one family to fend for itself.

While I was intrigued by the events, they started to get old and about halfway through, I was bored. Maybe I should not have read it in one sitting (this was my first readathon book). I will probably read the rest of the series, but I’m not anxiously awaiting its appearance on my currently reading pile.

Like Kelly, I would probably be one of the first to perish in this new life because I don’t think my survival skills are that pristine (I say as I get ready to go camping – and pretty rustic camping at that). My first problem would be that I never have cash. Apparently you need cash when the world ends. My second would be that I would want to help everyone – I guess you have to be ruthless to survive. These are the things I learned.

If you like dystopian YA lit, you may want to check out Life As We Knew It. Otherwise, I’d skip it.

11 thoughts on “Life as We Knew It [Book Review]

  1. Kelly May 7, 2010 / 8:22 am

    I hear you. I don’t carry cash, I’m not particularly ruthless and I have no ability to grow my own food. Once the grocery stores are down, I’m dead.

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  2. Susan May 7, 2010 / 10:37 am

    Lol – I don’t have cash, and I’d have to go visit the folks to have the home-grown food… but then I’d be a vegetarian, because there’s no way I could kill and pluck/skin anything. Ever. 🙂

    Sounds like it gets a big, fat skip.

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  3. Susan May 7, 2010 / 10:39 am

    I’m not on Twiter, so I can’t reply to your tweets there – No more of the Dragon Reborn series for you? Sad. If you want a summary, you’ll have to call – I’m not writing it.

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  4. Amy @ My Friend Amy May 7, 2010 / 10:43 am

    I loved this book! It definitely had some issues, but I think I love this type of survivalist fiction. 😉 I probably wouldn’t last long, though!

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  5. Jen - Devourer of Books May 7, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    The cash thing struck me too. I’d be totally screwed, because I’m lucky to have $12 in my wallet, and my husband never carries ANY cash.

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  6. Bina May 7, 2010 / 7:28 pm

    I usually have about 5 euros cash 😀 I might get into this everyone for themselves attitude if its about hardcore survival but I´d probably have no idea what´s going on!

    I always thought in case of catastrophes everyone would be robbing stores, so no need for cash.

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  7. BookishlyFab May 8, 2010 / 10:16 am

    I haven’t read this yet, but I have to call BS on the need for cash. In my extensive post-apocalyptic reading experience, you need supplies and skills. Money will be meaningless. See Alas, Babylon for a good example of this.

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    • Kelly May 9, 2010 / 8:43 am

      You need the cash at first, before the stores go empty. Odds are, the credit card machines won’t be working, and the owners will probably have guns to discourage looting. So you’ll need cash to buy the food and supplies. And don’t forget to buy batteries and bottled water. 🙂

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      • BookishlyFab May 9, 2010 / 10:25 am

        That’s assuming that people haven’t reverted to martial law and started plundering stores and taking what they need. I doubt there will be enough order to enforce cash transactions in stores, and the merchants will know that cash will be meaningless without a central government. The new economy will be an economy of trade, not currency. My book club, which has read extensively in this genre, has discussed this and you really need to be ready with supplies, skills, and weapons (this is where we fall short) before the apocalypse even happens or you’re screwed. 🙂 Obviously, we have put more thought into this than is necessary.

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      • Kelly May 9, 2010 / 10:29 am

        Crap. I have neither supplies nor skills* nor weapons.

        * = no skills that are good without electricity, anyway. Does it matter that I can type incredibly quickly when computers are useless?

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  8. Iris May 8, 2010 / 12:07 pm

    I don’t really understand the need for cash, since like Bina, I always assumed people would be plundering the stores. Not that I’d survive because of that, I’m not very good at fighting for food or not letting other people get a better spot when waiting in line, etc.

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