As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all, hope, in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
©2006 Susan Beth Pfeffer; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
If you want a post-apocalyptic YA novel, this may be one to try. The science is wrong (an asteroid pushes the moon into a close orbit) and the social science is wrong (the fact that an asteroid was going to hit the moon was greeted with a rather muted response, no doomsayers or predictions of disaster), but much of the narrative is a fairly realistic depiction of adjusting to a world that is not the same.
I got hooked on the story within 20 minutes. Excellent performance. I could feel the fear and bleakness in this new world that Ms. Pfeffer wrote and Ms. Bauer performed.
The voice of Ms. Bauer.
I could feel her helplessness.
I recommend it for a book club looking for youth selection. It was not as violent as One Second After.
I liked the strong personalities of this book. I couldn't help but care about them!
It was some time since I read this book, however the teenage high school student was wonderful! As was her very strong and loving mother.
Her ability to give each person their own voice made it more fun to listen.
It did both. I really liked these people and was so happy and relieved they all survived.
I kept waiting for the big bad evil people to come along and get them as is what happens in most stories. I was deligjhted that did not happen!
I got this book to listen along with my 13 year old niece who is reading the book. And end of the world style book does not need the authors political views boldly shown to tell the story . The jabs at Fox News, George Bush and Christians felt like a petulant child had written them during a temper tantrum .
While an outstanding disaster novel the story suffers from the author's need to inject her political views into the narrative. Referring to the President as an "idiot" and "evil jerk" and portraying the only Christian in the story as menally imablanced is quite distracting. Indeed it seemed to me the author was going to great lengths to imbue her main characters with liberal attitudes (and no I am not a rabid conservative) which took away from the core of her narrative, which is quite entertaining and thought provoking. Do not listen to this book if you are easily offended politicaly.
I had to read it for school over the summer. But like most teens, didn't do anything till' the final week. I ended up loving this book way more than I first expected. Such a beautiful story that audible enhanced by making me feel like I was experiencing it. Speechless
Not going to lie, it took me a few chapter for be to get hooked to this book, but when I did, I couldn't stop. I really like the narrators performance, it gave me chills!
Although I can see the scientific flaws with this plot, it was just was exciting anyway!
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