Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 31st 2015
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(This review may contain spoilers).
This book reminded me quite a lot of the film Seeking a Friend For The End of the World. Although the primary genres of both were different, I felt they both showcased people’s reactions to what was going on really well.
An asteroid on a collision path towards the Earth is a really scary concept, because it’s something that, even now, would be impossible to escape from. And the idea of the whole human race being wiped out is one that’s really scary… at least to me.
It was interesting to see the way the four main characters reacted to what was going on. Although I got a bit confused with the switching between them – and then suddenly going back in time and seeing the same scene from one of the other characters’ POVs – I found the four of them to be quite interesting. It was nice to see that each of them had quite a lot of depth to them.
I was less than thrilled with the love triangle/square. I liked reading about Andy and Peter becoming friends more than the soap opera feel of the book with everyone liking a different person.
Some of the secondary characters were quite interesting, too. I wasn’t especially keen on Misery for a lot of the book, but by the end, I found her a bit more likable.
It was interesting to see how the supermarkets dealt with people buying from them… and the fact that prices went up by so much. I found it intriguing that the characters tried to keep some semblance of normality in a whole world of chaos.
I liked seeing the four main characters work together and form a tight friendship. It was also good to see their relationships with their families and how different they were. And I liked the explanation for Peter’s faith.
I did think that scenes were jumped over, which caused some confusion until I realised exactly where I was. The ending wasn’t really satisfactory to me, but I think it was probably the best possible ending. I’d likely check out other books by this author in the future.