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Life As We Knew It A companion book to The Dead and the Gone. This one is set in rural Pennsylvania instead of New York City.  When the moon’s orbit is changed, the earth’s tides, volcanos and climate are changed as well.  Miranda and her family must struggle to survive the devastation that follows.

I have no idea how scientifically accurate Pheffer’s book is.  However, she paints a very realistic picture of the physical realities of life, if we were suddenly confronted with no electricity, heat, running water, or the ability to grow more food.  Pfeffer explores family and friend dynamics as well, when life becomes instantly about survival.

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the dead and the gone When the moon’s orbit is disrupted by an asteroid, a chain reaction of events is set off all over the world.  Tidal waves, earthquakes and volcanoes wreak havoc.  For Alex, his life in New York City is reduced to survival.  With both of his parents missing, Alex becomes responsible overnight to feed, shelter and protect his 2 younger sisters.  This was a fast paced, exciting apocalyptic novel.  In the midst of the excitement and horror, Alex learns some powerful lessons about responsibility, love and family.