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.
Review (3.5 stars):
Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for review. This does not affect my opinion.
We All Looked Up is the story of 4 very different high school seniors–Eliza, Andy, Peter, and Anita–who learn that the end of the world is coming, and that they have 2 months to live. I have mixed feelings about this book because while there were a few things I really liked, it wasn’t quite as good as I had anticipated.
Eliza, Andy, Peter and Anita are all very different and while I thought they were pretty decent characters, my favourite was probably Anita. She’s very smart and although she got into Princeton, she dreams of being a singer. I definitely don’t dream of being a singer, but I think that personality-wise, she was the one I connected with the most. Andy, on the other hand, wasn’t as great. I really didn’t understand why he constantly defended his horrible best friend, Bobo, and just generally acted so badly. I have nothing against unlikable characters, but there was no explanation of why.
Despite my dislike of Andy, the other characters were pretty interesting and I definitely think that having such different characters made the book more well-rounded as a whole. There are many beautiful, philosophical lines that I wanted to bookmark so badly, especially near the end. The writing is very good!
I have two opinions when it comes to how We All Looked Up dealt with the apocalypse. In general, people aren’t really praying and trying to end their lives as good people. They’re acting out, getting revenge, and generally trying to do everything that they want. “After all, everyone is probably going to die in 2 months, so who cares?” seems to be the mantra. The police are struggling to keep order. I felt like that was very realistic, which was great!
On the other hand, I couldn’t really connect with how the 4 protagonists dealt with the impending apocalypse. The world is ending in 2 months and their main concerns are…getting a girlfriend/ boyfriend and planning a big end-of-the-world party.
The ending, for me, was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for more of a solid resolution, but the ending was very open. I definitely had a few disappointments, but We All Looked Up is a solid book overall. 3.5 stars!