Traditionally the moon often symbolizes a natural rhythm or cycle, but the moon in Life As We Knew It has been knocked off course by a dense asteroid. The moon in this novel, then, represents the opposite: uncertainty and discord. When the moon is moved closer to Earth, the change in its gravitational pull causes tsunamis and earthquakes. It also causes volcanoes to erupt—not just active volcanoes, but ones that had been long dormant and new ones that had hadn’t existed prior to the moon incident. The moon is thus the source of all of the unnatural disasters and hardships that are affecting the characters’ lives, and even the moon’s appearance—closer to the earth and at an odd angle—is frightening and unfamiliar, a reminder of everything that has gone wrong.
The Moon Quotes in Life as We Knew It
They said asteroids hit the moon pretty often, which is how the moon gets its craters, but this one is going to be the biggest asteroid ever to hit it and on a clear night you should be able to see the impact when it happens... They made it sound pretty dramatic, but I still don’t think it’s worth three homework assignments.