Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic... read more
The story starts out in Spring with sixteen year old Miranda Evans stating that her stepmother Lisa is pregnant in her diary. A few entries after that, Miranda and everybody else hear about the asteroid going to hit the moon and the teachers take advantage of that and make it an excuse for... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The story starts out in Spring with sixteen year old Miranda Evans stating that her stepmother Lisa is pregnant in her diary. A few entries after that, Miranda and everybody else hear about the asteroid going to hit the moon and the teachers take advantage of that and make it an excuse for extra homework.
On the night of the hit, however, Miranda and her family-her mother and brother Jonny—witness the meteor knock the moon out of orbit and catastrophically alter their way of life. Miranda worries when her mother can’t reach her father or grandmother over the phone. Later, she hears over the news and from her mother that many cities—countries, even—have been submerged by the newly massive tsunamis.
The next day at school, a monster storm forces the students to sit in the dark hallways until Miranda’s mother comes for her with Jonny and their long-time neighbor and friend, Mrs. Nesbitt. together they get food and survival supplies to stock up, (canned food, pet products, water, fruit, veggies...etc.)while fighting off other people who are doing the same thing, including people who lie to get supplies.
The next day there is no school. School resumes briefly after Miranda’s brother, Matt, comes back from college. However, the days are shorter, and the lunches doled out meager and pitiful. Miranda spends her time swimming in the pond to ward off the intense heat with her new boyfriend, Dan. Her father comes over to her house with pregnant Lisa and gives the family food before departing for Lisa’s family. Also, Miranda’s friend Megan (an avid church-goer) advises Miranda to accept Jesus. Miranda dismisses Megan as crazy and eventually goes home.
In the middle of summer, Miranda learns of volcanoes going off randomly, polluting the Earth and blocking the Sun with volcanic ash and smoke, therefore, paving the way for extremely cold winters and permanent gray skies. In the autumn, Miranda and her family go to a school conference and are given the chance to attend school. Miranda and her brothers decline, instead taking textbooks so they can study at home. Miranda decides to also steal some pencils and journals for her diary.
After that, Miranda’s mother trips and sprains her ankle. It takes much time and effort, but Miranda and Matt manage to get their mother’s boyfriend, Dr. Peter Elliot, away from the hospital where he works so she can have her foot/ankle looked after.
As extreme freeze is starting, Mrs. Nesbitt dies and had said before her death that she wanted Miranda and her mother to have her items(Such as food, water, blankets, etc.) and gives them each a special gift from her. As Miranda is getting food she hears a noise, in which she thinks is looters, but its only the dripping sink. Upon inspection Miranda finds that Mrs. Nesbitt had been dehydrating and starving herself so that Miranda's family may live as long as possible. She then brings jugs, pans, pots and other containers and fills them with water.
Winter soon comes, and it is extremely cold. Many days the temperature was below freezing. Miranda and her family have to sleep under many blankets, wear layers of clothing, and never venture outside except to go get the mail from the post office, which is still actually open.
Just when everything was going okay, her mother and brothers catch a deadly flu.Soon though, the family gets better but food is running low. Both Miranda and her mother have given up completely on food so Jonny can have it, believing he has a better chance of surviving.Miranda goes to gather the mail one day, intending not to come back because she doubts she'll have enough energy. The post office is closed. Succumbing to the cold and defeat, she is ready to give up and die, but sees a yellow flier and uses the last of her strength to grab it. She discovers that free food is being given out at town hall, which isn’t far away.
“'And that's how we know we're alive this Memorial Day.'”Miranda
“'The pantry actually kind of reassured me.'”Miranda
“'I feel like she'd punched me.'”Miranda
“"Do you know how to drive a car?" Matt asked."The gas makes it go. The brake makes it stop." "That will do."”Matt and Miranda
“"We may not have a future, but you can't deny we have a past"”Mom
“Sometimes I've thought I'm keeping it for that day when people no longer exist but butterflies can read.”Miranda
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