Tuesday, December 8, 2015

We All Looked Up

Book 39 of my 2015 Reading Challenge
read from July 7 - 9

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Summary (via Goodreads)
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.

My Opinion
Setting it in current time, with Obama as the president instead of a fictional character, added to the intriguing concept of this book.  This could actually happen.

Unfortunately, the execution didn't match the potential of the concept for me.  It was pretty heavy on the cliches as we ran through the intros; I felt like I was reading the screenplay of an 80's movie.  There was a death that felt unnecessary, and I didn't like the ending (no spoilers here). 

A Few Quotes from the Book
"People talked about their days being numbered, but really, everything was numbered. Every movie you watched was the last time you'd watch that movie, or the second-to-last time, or the third-to-last. Every kiss was one kiss closer to your last kiss.
  It was a truly terrifying lens through which to see the increasingly terrifying world."

"Well, a lot of people in the world have just started thinking that they don't have anything left to lose, and it's our job to protect you from them. I don't want to scare you, but history tells us that whenever there's panic, there's death. It's the way of the world."

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