Another sequel. I loved Life As We Knew It and yay that this was also great! It didn't shake my core with terror in the same way, but still make me think and want to appreciate the beauty of my world a little more.
Last year, Miranda's life - and the entire world - shifted into survival mode as the moon was knocked out of orbit by an asteriod. The weather is still all wrong and only a very sturdy few are left in her town. Food is the most obvious need - and when Miranda's dad arrives with her step-mom and several others, tensions build. How will everyone get fed in a seemingly dead world? Interestingly, one of the strangers that arrived with Miranda's dad is Miranda's age and Alex and his sister Julie add a whole new dynamic to the house.
There is some romance, of course, and while I enjoyed it in end, because of the diary format I had a harder time believing that feelings could get so deep so fast. But, desperate times, you know. And I still enjoyed Miranda as a narrator - she's honest about her desperation and fears of the future, with some of that snarkiness still popping up. She has to really grow up as she realizes that life will just never be "normal" again and to ever feel happy, she just has to find a way to be satisfied with what she's got.
If you liked Life as We Knew it, read this one.
book 20 for the 2010 YA challenge