by Tommy Wallach
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2015)
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Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.Once again the Fearless Fifteeners (the collective name of the group of 2015 debuting authors) have wowed me. Intrigued by this speculative premise that promised deep thinking and much character growth, I was both impressed and stunned by the amazing writing and the wonderful story.
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.
This book centers around four stereotypical characters: the slut, the nerd, the jock, and the slacker. Wallach manages to add something new and modern to these mundane character who've been written about so many times before; he delves deeper than we normally go. We see their aspirations and their insecurities. We see sides of them that we normally don't see.
This book is quite thought-provoking and self-reflective as well. As an asteroid hurtles towards Earth possibly annihilating all life, these characters question their life choices and their future. It really makes them grow and develop into people we'd both rather see them become. It made me think about how I'd respond to this. What if something threatened to end all life? What would I change in the short time I have left? What would be my regrets? What would I do?
The writing was fantastic. The imagery was perfect. Wallach captured teen life perfectly. He showed the confident facade, the unsure future, the insecurities, the problems. It wasn't overly dramatized, it was perfect. Sometimes I see authors create outlandish stories with a similar plot, yet Wallach kept it realistic and sincere. The point of view changes were fluid as well!
A thought-provoking novel filled with lots of quote-worthy writing, this fresh story should definitely be on your radar!