Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Science Fiction/Contemporary
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.
How I got this book: From Simon and Schuster (THANK YOU!!!)
Release Date: May 1, 2015
The Short Version:
Um…how do I even? My mind is exploding.
Seriously my head hurts.
But really, this book is amazing. Go read it.
The Long Version:
Where do I even begin with this thing?
Like, seriously guys, I’ve been sitting here for half an hour and I’ve got nothing.
This book is just beyond words.
I think one of the greatest things about this book is that whenever I looked up from it (see what I did there), I had to remind myself that the world wasn’t actually ending. Because this book drew me in so much that it really felt like the world was ending.
And now my brain hurts because have you ever contemplated the end of the world?
Like, in a serious way?
Because you hear all these jokes about it, and I’m sure we all remember Dec. 21, 2012 (when the world, funnily enough, didn’t end) but we don’t ever really think about it all actually ending.
And this book made me do that and now my head hurts.
And I know I’m rambling, and this resembles less of a review, and more of a contemplation of the end of the world but there is literally no other way I could review this book. It was just so real, and so accurate.
Naturally, the first thing that teenagers would do upon being told that the world is going to end soon is to start questioning the relevance of calculus.
Which then leads to questioning the point of school in general.
Which then basically makes you start contemplating the point of life, if all you’re going to do is die, and then we have to accept that one day we are going to die and eventually we will be forgotten.
And that’s not something we think about often.
And that’s the great thing about this book. It makes you think about things that are often ignored, and it does it so well that you’re stuck trying to write a review at midnight and are failing miserably because all you want to do is contemplate the possibility of what if?
What if we all woke up tomorrow and discovered that an asteroid was heading towards earth with a very high chance of collision?
Everything about this book was awesome and brain-hurting, and seriously people, go read this thing.
And Now for the Doomsday Plan:
This is where I talk about what I would do if the world was ending.
1. Develop superpowers
Maybe I read too many books, but usually when the world ends a bunch of people develop superpowers. I want to be one of those people.
2. Read ALL the books
Because there are so many that I haven’t read yet.
3. Upload a video of myself to youtube
Because I haven’t done it yet (for some reason), and it looks like it would be fun.
4. Eat as much chocolate as I can
Hopefully the end of the world will happen around Easter time…so much chocolate.
5. Build a fort/castle/thing out of books
Because I’ve always wanted to do that, but have never had the time.
6. Go skydiving
I went bungee jumping a few years back and it was so much fun! I would seriously love to go skydiving.
And now for the giveaway
Simon and Schuster are giving away 5 copies of We All Looked Up.
Click here for the giveaway (because wordpress is mean and won’t let it embed in the post, or if it will I don’t know how to do that, so if you click the link you’ll be taken to the rafflecopter thingy).
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