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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Last Survivors Series Release Date:
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Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated listeners 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 new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brooke | 2/16/2014

    " Great series, read them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ginger | 2/15/2014

    " I like that there is hope at the end of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alana | 2/8/2014

    " I finished reading this book some six weeks ago, and it still haunts me daily. The premise of this book (an asteroid hits the Moon and knocks it closer to the earth) might be unlikely scientifically. But if this event really happened, I think the aftermath depicted by Ms. Pfeffer is totally believable. Seventeen year old Alex Morales, living in upper Manhattan in an apartment building where is father is the super, is left responsible for himself and his two younger sisters after his parents do not return home after the event, and must be presumed dead. Alex must make some very hard choices in a world where conditions are worsening daily. What sustains him and his sisters is the devout Catholic faith they were raised in, along with the help of one of Alex's classmates. The religious touch was one I don't find in many dystopian novels, and it added an extra dimension to this beautiful, and at times horrific, story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robyn | 2/4/2014

    " So I read this one last and that gave a few things away. I knew something would happen to the one sister. The thing I took from this book was even though people were fending for themselves, I was impressed with how much they were helping others as well. I hope to never live through something like this. Especially to have to watch my children suffer. "

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