Title: We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, science fiction, young adult
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.
Source: School library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Quite honestly, I don’t know what it was that drew me into this book. Maybe it was the intriguing sci-fi element, or maybe it was just a desire to try something different. All I know for sure is that something captured my eye and reeled me in.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but there were still some things that bothered me about it which I will touch on in this review. Aside from that, the good about We All Looked Up far outweighed the bad.
To quickly summarize the novel, it is about four teens who at first do not have much in common, but when it is announced that a meteorite would strike and end the world in a mere two months, the four form an alliance and fight for their lives.
I have not had time to write the review for this book until now, and I read it almost a month ago, so some details may be a bit on the fuzzy side. Anyway, many of the characters in this story were great, but some were simply unmemorable as well. (If I cannot remember a character after a week, there is no way that I could after a month!)
So first, we have Andy, who is hip, cool, and never lets anything get him down. Then there’s Eliza, whose father is very sick and on the verge of death, so she is in a rather fragile state, both emotionally and physically. There’s also Anita, who feels pressured by her parents to always be #1 in everything, and lastly, Peter, whose bland character it is hard to make comments about. All four characters were relatable, and I could see how any reader can identify with some of the struggles they were going through. As well, I have to say that I loved the unlikely team they formed!
The plot of this book was smooth and fluent, but the ending, not to spoil it, was open-ended and thus not my favourite. I liked the morals about teamwork and self-improvement, and they were shown in this book when the four main characters bonded and became their better selves before the world’s end.
In conclusion, We All Looked Up was a good novel. I liked many of its characters and, for the most part, its plot, but some details needed to be built on a little more, if you get what I’m saying. I would definitely recommend this one to readers looking for a contemporary novel with a little bit of a sci-fi twist. This book that is full of morals and friendship is yours to devour!