Life as We Knew It

Life as We Knew It Study Guide

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Brief Biography of Susan Pfeffer

Susan Beth Pfeffer declared her intention to become an author when she was just six years old. She wrote her first published novel, Just Morgan, while still an undergraduate at New York University. Since then Pfeffer has gone on to write more than seventy novels for children and young adults. She lives in Middletown, New York with her cat, Scooter.
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Other Books Related to Life as We Knew It

Pfeffer published three sequels to Life As We Knew It: The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon. Books with similar themes of survival amidst natural disasters include Ashfall by Mike Mullin, Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.
Key Facts about Life as We Knew It
  • Full Title: Life As We Knew It
  • Where Written: New York
  • When Published: 2006
  • Literary Period: Contemporary Young Adult
  • Genre: Science Fiction / Post-apocalyptic, Young Adult fiction
  • Setting: Howell, Pennsylvania
  • Climax: Miranda walks into town, knowing she doesn’t have the strength to return, and finds the flyer for food distribution.
  • Point of View: First person, written in epistolary form of Miranda’s journal entries

Extra Credit for Life as We Knew It

Holiday inspiration. Pfeffer was inspired to write Life As We Know It after watching the movie Meteor on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2004.

Lofty influences. Miranda Evans is named after the character Miranda in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.