Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review - We All Looked Up

We All Looked Up
Tommy Wallach
Simon & Schuster

4 stars

The blogosphere has been all atwitter about this book for quite a while now, and with good reason. It's a fascinating and pretty unique concept, and I was super excited that I got my grubby little hands on an ARC. Thanks, Simon & Schuster!

Essentially, the gist of the story is that there's an asteroid heading for Earth. And there's a 66% chance that it will hit and wipe out the entire planet. And it's due to hit in two months. What would you do with your last two months?

The book follows the stories of four high school seniors: Peter, the popular basketball star. Eliza, the photographer with a bad reputation. Andy, the underachiever. And Anita, the brainy good girl with a dream of being a singer. The narrative flows between the four of them as their stories weave together during the last two months before the asteroid arrives. Where they were all expecting to graduate high school and move on to bigger and better things, now their futures are uncertain. 

Okay, first things first: I adore this cover. It's absolutely stunning, and it even includes the blue asteroid up there in the top left corner. I really enjoyed the changing narrative. Even when there were elements of the story that overlapped, each voice was unique and featured its own set of circumstances, complications and emotions.

On paper, Peter has the dream. But he's not happy. Eliza has a reputation she doesn't deserve and her father's dying of cancer. Andy wants to lose his virginity before the world ends and is kind of freaking out about his best friend's growing presence as a drug dealer. And Anita's father is ridiculously strict and doesn't think the end of the world is a reason to stop working. 

So the characters were all relatable and reading about their hopes and dreams over the last two months was bittersweet. I really enjoyed the writing, too. There were some beautiful passages, but I think my favourite was right near the beginning: 
"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 alonein the world. You're part of this cosmic community of people who've thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be."  
(ARC, p. 11)

I think that quote actually sums up the book pretty well. I mean, it's a book about the end of the world. Who hasn't secretly devoted at least a little bit of time somewhere along the way to wondering what they'd do if the world were going to end tomorrow/in a week/in a month/in a year?

Personally, I'd eat cake for breakfast every day. And stop flossing. And demand that Sarah J. Maas release the remaining books in the Throne of Glass series immediately, even if they're still first drafts. And read everything on my TBR shelf.

Basically, this is an incredibly realistic book about the end of the world. Not everything is happy fun times. There's anarchy and looting and the authorities struggle to keep control of things. Which is FABULOUS because as if everyone's going to suddenly become peaceful BFFs when they find out that the world is ending. Please. Everything would go to shit in a heartbeat.

And that's what this book demonstrates. The loss of control. Everything you thought the future held being turned on its head. And learning that the little things everyone stresses over - getting a bad grade, for example - are totally and utterly meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

Does this sound like something you'd read?

K xx

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We All Looked Up is available now.


  1. BRB going to put this on my VERY long To-Read list. Thank you for letting us know about it!

  2. Aha! I would also demand Sarah J Maas release the rest of Throne of Glass!!!! And eating cake sounds like a brilliant idea too *nods* Thanks for sharing! I think this sounds like a very interesting book, like the pre to the post-apocalyptic book. :D

  3. I sooo want to read this now. XD Hah I passed up the opportunity to review it and I'M SO SILLY. *facepalm* I would probably be on my knees begging SJM for at least who Celanea ends up with. I'm shallow. I admit it. But it is killing me not knowing. Then I would be at Maggie Stiefvater's door asking how The Raven King finishes. Then I'd like eat a lot of chocolate. #epicbucketlistrightthere


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