We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

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Published: March 24, 2015

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.

Review –

In the simplest terms ,We All Looked Up is a story about Andy (a stoner punk who’s in the charmingly named band Perineum), Eliza (the artist with a reputation for being sexually  easy), Anita (the perfect good girl with straight A’s headed to Princeton), and Peter (an athlete having an existential crisis), who are brought together by an asteroid, named Ardor.  The world is thrown into chaos when scientists decide that the asteroid is 66.6% likely to collide with Earth. Everyone has 7 or 8 weeks to just wait for this to (potentially) happen.

I found the majority of the book bland and slow and the chemistry between the main characters was lack-luster. What saved the book for me was the last few chapters when things really ramped up.

You can imagine how  society would break down and violence would become a normal occurence if the end of the word is supposedly a few weeks away. Along with this you have drug dealers and “crazy people” losing it and that doesn’t bode well for one of the four teenagers. To find out with one, you’ll have to read the book.

I was VERY disappointed with the ending-and I won’t say what happened but suffice it to say that I like things spelled out for me.

Good book that makes you think.  What would you do if you had 6-7 weeks left to live?

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How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #9) by Louise Penny

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Published: August 27, 2013

A DETECTIVE
As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department and hostile forces are lining up against him.

A DISAPPEARANCE
When Gamache receives a message about a mysterious case in Three Pines, he is compelled to investigate — a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world has vanished.

A DEADLY CONCLUSION
As he begins to shed light on the investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. Facing his most challenging, and personal, case to date, can Gamache save the reputation of the Sûreté, those he holds dear and himself?

Evocative, gripping and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction from international bestselling author Louise Penny will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Review –

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First I’m going to RANT – I wrote a LONG, INVOLVED  and WONDERFUL (if I do say so myself) review about ten minutes ago and was about to hit the “publish” button when my screen froze. In the past, the post auto-saved, but not THIS  time. Now my mind is a blank and I’m fuming. I’m going to have to calm down before tackling this again. #ihatecomputerssometime

OMG, this has to be the best of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series to date because it is  nail-biting suspenseful, plot driven and the back story that has been building in the last several books comes to a harrowing end.

The murder that occurs in this book doesn’t happen in Three Pines but does involve some of the beloved villagers. The last of five quintuplets  that was born seventy-seven years ago was killed and Gamache welcomes the chance to go back to Three Pines to solve it.

His Homicide Division has been gutted by his nemesis, the Superintendent and Inspector Beauvoir is a full-fledged drug addict now and works for the “bad guy”. His brain is so messed up that he doesn’t realize that he is being manipulated to hate his friend, Gamache, and also to become dependant on pain pills.  Annie broke up with him because he doesn’t think he has a problem and he thinks  that her father, Gamache, told her to break up with him.(paranoid much!)

The crime that sends Chief Inspector Armand Gamache to Three Pines is the murder of the last of the Famous Quintuplets born seventy-seven years ago. I’m sure the author was inspired by the real life story of the famous Dionne Quintuplets born in Canada in 1934. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_quintuplets  I love it when history is incorporated into fiction, it’s like getting a bonus.

Along side the murder investigation, there is the story of the evil Superintendent and his more evil boss(read the book to find out who he is) and their plan to bring down on the most traveled bridges in Canada. This storyline come to a harrowing conclusion when Jean-Guy Beauvoir has to shot the Chief Inspector in the back to stop him from opening the door to the schoolhouse and getting killed in an explosion set by the Superintendent.

The end of the story is more upbeat but I won’t give it away because it has been a long time coming in this series and you’ll just have to read the book  to see what I mean.

Fantastic book!!!!!

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