Sunday, September 8, 2013

How I Live Now Review

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

I picked this book up again because I saw that they were making a movie out of it. I've actually had this book for a long time. Since High School if you want the truth, and I read it when I got it,but for some reason I don't think it had the impact then that it does now. I can't really remember how I felt when I read it the first time. I can tell you this time though I felt as though I was living what Daisy was living. I think as the thought of us going to help the rebels in Syria takes hold, the notion of another world war isn't far off in my thoughts. Elements of that are in this book. War raging in a time much like the one we are living in. Five kids living on a farm far from the war with no adults seems like a kind of utopia until the war does finally come to their front door. This is a very riveting book. I haven't read anything else quite like it and probably won't again. I would highly suggest you take a look at this book.There are no quotations around speaking parts, but I never saw that as a problem with this book. It seemed to read more as a diary of her thoughts and the things she went through. I'd definitely give this book five stars. I'll also leave the trailer for the movie here just in case you would like to check it out. The movie comes out November eighth of this year.

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