We All Looked Up

Finished We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.  I received a copy for review from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

I had heard a lot of mixed (mostly negative) reviews heading into this book, but I really enjoyed it.

I haven’t seen Melancholia (which has a similar premise) but I love the idea behind both: how do you go on and live your life when you know there’s a reasonably good chance you’re going to be dead soon?  Will it bring out the best in people or the worst?  (Or, most likely, both?)

This book would be excellent for book clubs; there’s a lot of potential for discussion.  I’m not sure what my reaction would be if I would potentially be dead in a few weeks (it’s a 66% chance that the asteroid will hit Earth and if it does, obviously, there will be major loss of life).




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