By: Tommy Wallach
Publication: March 31st, 2015
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Contemporary
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Synopsis:Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel. They always say that high school is the best time of your life.Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait. Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.
***Note: This is a “preview” of a review for a title that is published later this year. Please stayed tuned for the full review closer to the publication date!
We All Looked Up had a very interesting concept, and I do think the author was very realistic in the way he wrote the world and what was going on as the asteroid came closer: street gangs, violence, partying–it was all there. My main problem with this book, however, was that the characters seemed flat at times, especially when deaths and unnecessary relationship drama occurred. I mean, yes, this is the Apocalypse, so there has to be some deaths and some relationship drama, but I just didn’t find myself feeling for the characters. And honestly, this book is more a contemporary novel than a science fiction one. Not many action scenes happen, the book revolves more around the characters and their problems. Eliza, Andy, Peter, and Anita were all dealing with hard things in their lives, and watching them discover new things and relationships was interesting. But I feel that there was more that the author could have done with this plot.
Final thoughts: With some really nice moments and some really bad moments (that ending!), We All Looked Up was a mixed bag for me. I do think it was worth reading, and I found myself reflecting over what I would be doing if I had two months to live. I’m thinking me + the end of the world = a bunch of books, movies, and my family/friends. Maybe some chocolate too…