Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I spent all last weekend in bed sick. Not a pretty sight, was I. Reading Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (http://susanbethpfeffer.blogspot.com) while in the throws (no pun intended) of the stomach flu may not have been the best idea, but I did it anyway. Hey, I was already feeling like I was going to die, so why not throw in a little end-of-the-world reading as an escape? So, in between trips to the bathroom, when I was actually feeling like a human, I experienced, through 16-year-old Miranda's journal entries, what life would be like if an asteroid hit the moon. This may be a bit of a spoiler, but let me just tell ya, it's no picnic, folks. In an instant, the world changes forever. Millions of people on both coasts (and of course, in other parts of the world) are wiped out by tsunamis and earthquakes. Then volcanoes start erupting, and volcanic ash covers the sun. All the while, Miranda keeps her journal, which goes from being a typical teen-ager diatribe on parents, dating, friends, and the like, to a minute-by-minute fight for survival. Pfeffer so perfectly nails the voice of her protagonist that I was totally drawn into Miranda's world, cheering for her family as they lived like pioneers in modern-day Pennsylvania. A thought-provoking journey, to say the least. Almost made me thankful that all I was doing was puking my guts out and not experiencing the end of the world (although at the time, an asteroid to the head would have been welcome). Highly recommended reading for all those who want to experience contentment in their present circumstances.