A supermoon occurred this past weekend for the first time in eighteen years. A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its most full and passes most closely to the earth within its elliptical orbit. The last time these two requirements were fulfilled was in 1993.
“NASA scientists and others dismissed the fringe lunar disaster claims as nonsense, but did admit the moon should look spectacular.” — Space.com
This special occasion made me think of a trio of post-apocalyptic young adult books by Susan Beth Pfeffer. They are a trilogy known as the Last Survivor series. Even though it has been over a year since I read the last one, they still haunt me.
Life As We Knew It
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Amazing post-apocalyptic story about a teenager living in rural Pennsylvania after an asteroid hits the moon and knocks it into a closer orbit with Earth. The progression of natural disasters and the collapse of civilization was quick and scarily realistic. This story sticks in your mind and makes it hard to go to sleep.