Synopsis according to GoodReads:
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.“
The high points:
- The apocalypse isn’t outlandish, it’s a relatively plausible concept.
- The narrative voice is spot-on for the age category- Miranda is more worried about getting a date for prom than how the moon incident will affect crops.
- A realistic spread of human response to worldwide tragedy, good and bad.
- The author clearly thought out what things would be affected by the apocalyptic incident, and how that would ripple through a year of contemporary US life.
The low points:
- Redundant, in the way that teen voices can be.
- No one thought of hunting, fishing, or foraging for fresh food when the disaster occurred, or for months afterward, despite the fact that they live in the woods. That drove me nuts.
- There wasn’t really a mounting tension, or climax in the plot- everything stayed the same level after the incident until the end.
- The end was lackluster, and a little bit saccharine.
- Nobody died. Well, OK, people died, but not in a way that affected Miranda for more than a day or a passing journal note. This seems a bit unrealistic to me.