This was an excellent story. You could relate to Miranda as a normal girl with a normal family, who is suddenly facing the possibility of everyone she cares about dying. There is the struggle to stockpile food, water and wood to burn, living with no gas or electricity, no water, no post and no idea what is going on in your town or in the country. Are her dad and her grandmother alive? Are her friends all dead? There is the danger from volcanoes, earthquakes and storms, a massive snowfall as a harsh winter approaches and then the flu starts to claim the survivors.
I found myself wondering what I would be doing if I was in this situation and I could imagine doing the same things. The story really felt as if this was how a normal family would react in this situation. Try to think how you would cope without being able to wash yourself and your clothes, rationing food, struggling for water, living in a freezing cold house with minimal heat, worrying about your family on the other coast.
The book is full of tension and I was hooked on the story from the first page. You find yourself rooting for the main characters and hoping that they are going to survive.