The first thing you need to know is that this is NOT a disaster book but rather a display of outer space science and engineering knowledge.
Page 150: The moon broke up in seven parts. Earth has 2 years until a meteor shower that could last from 5-10 thousand years destroys it. To save the human race, they are making a space ark to repopulate humanity. Who will be the chosen ones to go live up there?
Page 230: Skipped a lot to this second part of the book because instead of showing me the selection of people, the book was A LOT about space stuff that I had no idea but, I am sure, is fascinating for people who can understand space machinery jargon.
Page 318: The meteor rain begins to fall. How is the world being destroyed? I have no idea because instead, the book keeps its undigested lecture of other "important" things.
Page 350: Oh! Earth is gone; and that is that. Life on the ark now.
Page 570: Part three - Five thousand years later and a new race of humans! What are they planning to do? Go back to Earth. Now we have new names, new characterless, and more of the same technological shit that amounted to nothing.
This book is empty of emotions and feelings. The Earth died and I didn't give a damn. Oh! The president of the US is a woman here. Well, 900 pages of nothing. Really. The only character I could keep track of was Dinah, the rest....? A bunch of names here and there that did this and that. I didn't care about anyone because no one single person was given depth. The author seemed to be more concern with writing about his expertise in building a space ark. So... if something like this would ever happen, now we know how to build the damn ark.
You would think that after a global announcement that the world would end in 2 years people would go crazy - riots and shit, and that people would fight to be chosen to be in that ark. But nope. I didn't see any of that here. Apparently, we are more civilized that we give ourselves credit for. In this book, humanity worked peacefully for the survival of a few.
The world is being destroyed... at least give me some San Andreas (the movie) image of it! Nope, the meteor rain started to fall and that was that.
Five thousand years and five hundred pages later a new race of humans is functioning. I still have no idea who was picked to be the new elite and proud... But whatever. I didn't have the energy to engage in new names and new astronomy and space science knowledge.
The book would make a great TV series though. No doubt. However, Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as we knew it is better.