I’m not sure how All We Have is Now came to my attention. I think it was because it was listed as a chart-topper on Goodreads. I’m often slow to read chart toppers, but I decided to give AWHIN a whirl.
The Good: AWHIN is a very believable story. I try to write my characters as believable as possible, so much in fact that I got a degree in human behavior. Lisa Schroeder apparently agrees. I could empathize with different characters at different times, and at no point did I believe that the characters were not real. That’s always a big plus in my book. The adventure through a city in a world about to be destroyed is such an uplifting and heart-warming story that I almost dreaded the ending. I was so thrilled with the ending, and it was the perfect ending to an excellent book.
The Bad: Some other reviews felt it necessary to add a trigger warning about suicide. There is a lot of it in this story. It’s not graphic by any means, and I would think that given the circumstances portrayed in the book, people would decide to end their life. Perhaps some people are concerned that this book is targeted at young adult readers. (It is a scholastic publication, after all.) The idea that as a society, we need to protect our children from uncomfortable things is balderdash. Many teens either knew of someone who decided to end their life, or has seen it in the news. AWHIN doesn’t romanticize suicide, and the general theme is that life, no matter how much is left, is worth living, if nothing else, to do good things for other people.
The Beautiful: I mentioned it before, the characters are so well written, I was flabbergasted. I can only strive to write my characters as well.
The Final Word: An excellent read. When I finished it, I thought about the story for days after. Get All We Have is Now, and enjoy this hopeful 4.5-star read.