28 April 2015

Review: We All Looked Up

We all Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: March 24, 2015

A group of high schoolers, each with their own problems and their own labels, are suddenly faced with the possibility of dying prematurely when it is announced that Ardor, a meteor big enough to wipe out the earth, has a 66.6% chance of collision with earth. It is stated that everyone only has two more months to live.

Told from the perspectives of four different students, WE ALL LOOKED UP perfectly captures an apocalyptic atmosphere through the eyes of teenagers who have yet to live their lives, and are presented with the knowledge that they most likely will not get to live them. Desperation and vulnerability is prominent throughout the book as the story plays out, displaying different ways of coping, or lack thereof, with seemingly inevitable death. The writing style is very easy to get into and quite quirky at some parts. With a colorful cast of characters, displaying a brilliant amount of diversity, there are characters whom you can find relatable, or straight out hate, but will respect for being marvelous characters nonetheless. I'd recommend this book for people 14 years old and up, due to profanity and mature themes. I'd also like to say that if you struggle with anxiety then this book may be slightly triggering for you. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and have already recommended it to several of my close friends!

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