Synopses & Reviews
Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
In the year that has passed since a meteor collided with the moon, Miranda's friends and neighbors have died, the landscape has frozen, and food has become increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda's father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda's complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all — hope — in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
"Absorbing from first page to last." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Riveting and deeply frightening." The Bulletin
"You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails." Teenreads.com
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A 2011 ALA Popular Paperbacks Title A CCBC Choice A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection A Listening Library Selection An Amazon.com Best Book of the Year * "Absorbing from first page to last."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Riveting and deeply frightening."—The Bulletin
"You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails."—Teenreads.com
"Think of the heart-racing chase of The Hunger Games,
but a giant mall is your arena."--Seventeen.com
"[An] engrossing . . . thriller."--Kirkus Reviews
"This tense trilogy opener . . . build[s] a sense of claustrophobia and desperation."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for LIFE AS WE KNEW IT
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A 2011 ALA Popular Paperbacks Title
A CCBC Choice
A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
A Listening Library Selection
An Amazon.com Best Book of the Year
* "Absorbing from first page to last." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Riveting and deeply frightening." —Bulletin
"You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails." —Teenreads.com
Praise for THE DEAD AND THE GONE
* "As riveting as Life as We Knew It and even grittier. . . . The powerful images and wrenching tragedies will haunt readers." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Everything Pfeffer writes about seems wrenchingly plausible." —Booklist, starred review
"Incredibly engaging." —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN
* "The protagonists of Pfeffer's novels The Dead and the Gone and Life As We Knew It join forces in this third installment of a harrowing saga set in the not so distant future. . . . Throughout, readers will be moved by displays of compassion, strength, and faith as characters endure grim realities and face an uncertain future." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Palpable despair is dappled with tiny flares of hope in this third entry in Pfeffer’s enthralling series. . . . Fans of the first two will thrill to this latest and the loose ending will leave them hoping for more." —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for THE SHADE OF THE MOON
"Action-packed and completely unpredictable, this latest will be widely anticipated by the series' many fans." —Kirkus Reviews
"Pfeffer's well-written take on what life might be as it returns to 'normal' is sometimes brutal and always depressingly real." —Booklist
"Fans of Olivers Delirium will appreciate this story of a girl subverting social strictures through forbidden relationships, but the wild chase scenes and richly developed characters make it a sure sell across the board."--BCCB "This book could not have been more perfect."—Kaci Carpenter, teen YALSA reviewer
Praise for The Hallowed Ones
"This is a book to make you fear the shadows--a horrifying and gruesome tale of faith, and things that blink red eyes in the night. I began reading in the daylight, and read on into the late hours, leaning close, biting my lip. I could not look away; I was obsessed. Katie is an unbreakable soul."
—Lauren DeStefano, New York Times Bestselling author of the Chemical Garden Trilogy
"What an eerily believable, unique story! I can't stop thinking about it--or shivering."
—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely Books
"Tight pacing, suspenseful scenes, Wow! moments of tension, and exposure into a world I knew little about, The Hallowed Ones is an exciting, terse read. . . . Laura Bickle's debut novel for young adults has quickly become my favorite dystopian novel of 2012. . . . It left me wanting more, so much more."
"Readers will find it hard to put down this suspenseful, scary, compulsively readable adventure."
"Katie's an original character, and her thoughtful rebellion makes her an interesting addition to supernatural fictions's gallery of strong heroines."
Praise for The Outside
* "Top-notch. . . . A horror story with heart and soul."
—Kirkus, starred review
"At once horrifying, hopeful, and hauntingly beautiful, this gorgeous read with its rich textures and spine-tingling suspense kept me glued to the pages in utter fascination. Laura Bickle is a master storyteller. Brava! Just superbly done!"
—Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling author of Third Grave Dead Ahead and The Darklight Series
When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable . . .
I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonalds still would be open. High school sophomore Mirandas disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Told in a years worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Mirandas struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. An extraordinary series debut! Susan Beth Pfeffer has written three companion novels to Life As We Knew It, including The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon.
Life As We Knew It
meets Lord of the Flies
in a mall that looks just like yours
A biological bomb has just been discovered in the air ducts of a busy suburban mall. At first nobody knows if it's even life threatening, but then the entire complex is quarantined, people start getting sick, supplies start running low, and there's no way out. Among the hundreds of trapped shoppers are four teens.
These four different narrators, each with their own stories, must cope in unique, surprising manners, changing in ways they wouldn't have predicted, trying to find solace, safety, and escape at a time when the adults are behaving badly.
This is a gripping look at people and how they can--and must--change under the most dire of circumstances.
And not always for the better.
Seven signs warned them. Now its time for Carbon County to fight back.
In End Times, Daphne lost herself in love with Owen, only to discover the dark secret that puts Carbon County at ground zero for the end of days. . . .
All thirteen of the Children of Earth have arrived and taken root in town. Together at last, they can perform the series of rituals necessary to awaken their father, a wrathful entity known as the God of the Earth.
Daphne protects their identities from Pastor Ted and the God-fearing locals out of love and allegiance to Owen. But when people start disappearing from town and Daphne begins receiving visions from God, her allegianceand even her loveis brought into question in this astonishing companion novel to End Times.
When a meteor hits the moon, teenage Miranda and her friends and family struggle to survive the unimaginable. Four gripping books that follow their ordeal are collected in this boxed set.
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT
THE DEAD AND THE GONE
THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN
THE SHADE OF THE MOON
In the year 2060, everything is done online—including school—and Maddie's father is the orchestrator. When Maddie meets Justin, he shows her there's a better way to live—but is he just using her in order to destroy her father's creation?
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done online. She's okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Suddenly, she gets a feeling that maybe there is a better way to live, a way that is different from what her society and parents have told her. Now she must learn to stand up for herself, as she and Justin struggle to make their own space.
In this captivating thriller, Amish teen Katie secretly lets an injured stranger into her isolated community—but has she also let in the plague that is destroying the outside world?
Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she cant leave him to die. She smuggles him into her familys barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether its to go to school or on a date, people dont venture out of their home. Theres really no need. For the most part, Maddies okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People arent meant to be alone, he tells her. Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
About the Author
Susan Beth Pfeffer is the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times best-selling novel Life As We Knew It, which was nominated for several state awards, and its companion books, The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon. She lives in Middletown, New York.