Holy cow. I finally finished this book. I’ve started it about ten times, recommended it to students, and put it on the summer reading list, but until yesterday, I hadn’t read the whole thing through. That’s because it’s always checked out. It’s super popular among kids and it’s received fantastic reviews from all the critics. I can see why. This book is suspenseful and dark and scary and emotional. In case you don’t know, the plot goes like this: an asteroid hits the moon, pushing it out of its orbit and closer to Earth; as a result, cities are leveled by tsunamis and earthquakes, the climate changes, and the air becomes sooty from thousands of volcanic eruptions. People are dying from starvation and disease. It’s extremely grim. In rural Pennsylvania, Miranda and her family grow increasingly isolated, rationing their food, and boiling snow for water. This winter threatens to be the coldest in history, and there’s no oil. Will anyone survive?
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes survival stories, but be prepared — this is one bleak story! Also, keep a lookout for the companion to this novel, The Dead and the Gone. It’s the same series of events from the perspective of a boy living in Manhattan.