Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.
But then we all looked up and everything changed.
They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.
Two months to really live
From the moment you read the summary of this book you definitely get a The Breakfast Club feeling. I’m a sucker for books with a tragic aspect like an illness, an inevitable breakup, or in this case the end of the world. It was both fun and terrifying to think about how humanity would act faced with this threat. It’s not exactly something you can fall asleep knowing and we see all types of reactions in this story. Not to mention this book made me want to live life to the fullest because you never know what tomorrow has in store.
It was really fun to see how the end of the world could bring each of these completely different characters together. Unlikely relationships and friendships form and that’s something else that really reminded me of my favorite 80’s movie. At some points I was a bit confused because of the layout of chapters and the multiple points of view but after sorting that out it was interesting to switch between all four characters. There are some ups and downs but overall I really enjoyed reading this book and I think if you are a fan of catastrophe and characters coming together, you should definitely give it a shot.
Also make sure to check out the original We All Looked Up album by Tommy Wallach here.
“The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be.”
“Those who have much to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.”
“Why had he assumed time was some sort of infinite resource? Now the hourglass had busted open, and what he’d always assumed was just a bunch of sand turned out to be a million tiny diamonds.”