Synopses & Reviews
Susan Beth Pfeffers Life as We Knew It
enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.
Praise for Life as We Knew It:
"You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails."
--teenreads.com [star] "Absorbing from first page to last . . . Celebrates the fortitude and resourcefulness of human beings during critical times."--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"As riveting as Life as We Knew It and even grittier, this companion novel returns to the premise of that previous book to show how New York City responds to the global disasters that ensue when an asteroid knocks the moon out of orbit. . . . Once again Pfeffer creates tension not only through her protagonist's day-to-day struggles but also through chilling moral dilemmas: whether to rob the dead, who to save during a food riot, how long to preserve the hope that his parents might return. . . . The powerful images and wrenching tragedies will haunt readers."
--Publishers Weekly (starred), 5/19/08
* "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
In the year that has passed since a meteor collided with the moon, Mirandas friends and neighbors have died, the landscape has frozen, and food has become increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Mirandas father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Mirandas 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.
Best-selling author, Susan Beth Pfeffer, delivers a riveting companion to Life As We Knew It in this enthralling tale that follows seventeen-year-old Alex Morales as he fights to survive in the aftermath of apocalyptic events in New York City.
Alex Morales is an average high schooler focused on his after-school job, helping his dad out with building superintendent responsibilities, and getting good grades so he can make it into an Ivy League college. But when the moon alters its gravitational pull and catastrophic events ensue, everything changes. Now, he has to care for his younger sisters, decide whether it's ethical to rob the dead, and keep the hope alive that their lost parents will return. Bone-chilling and harrowing, Susan Beth Pfeffer investigates what it takes to survive when the odds are stacked against you in this captivating story about sacrifice and humanity.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel--a companion to "Life As We Knew It"--explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.
A riveting companion to Life As We Knew It
"You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails." --teenreads.com on Life As We Knew It
The laws of physics, the language of music and the promise of human connection converge on the outskirts of space, in this epic and intriguing YA sci-fi novel, where 17-year-old Cade is discovering that the only thing harder than being all alone in the universe is being Entangled.
Alone was the note Cade knew best. It was the root of all her chords.
Seventeen-year-old Cade is a fierce survivor, solo in the universe with her cherry-red guitar. Or so she thought. Her world shakes apart when a hologram named Mr. Niven tells her she was created in a lab in the year 3112, then entangled at a subatomic level with a boy named Xan.
Cades quest to locate Xan joins her with an array of outlaws—her first friends—on a galaxy-spanning adventure. And once Cade discovers the wild joy of real connection, theres no turning back.
About the Author
"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. A year after the moon was thrown off course by a meteor, natural disasters and climate changes on Earth are still making mere existence a challenge...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 Pfeffers enthralling series about the aftereffects of a meteor strike on the Moon that has altered the earths gravitational pull...fans of the first two will thrill to this latest and the loose ending will leave them hoping for more."--Kirkus
"It is a testament to the authors skill that This World We Live In can be read as a stand-alone novel. In fact, new readers might not even realize that the earlier titles exist. Fans of Miranda and Alex, however, will keep this installment flying off the shelves, and the ambiguous ending will make them clamor for a fourth book."SLJ