We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach


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.


This story was interesting and unique, but came up kind of short at the end. I understand that there was no way to win in that type of situation, but a non-answer was NOT the right approach.

The characterization was great. I wanted the best for each character, and they had some pretty cool thoughts. At the same time, they all kind of morphed into the same type of person. Reckless, young, stupid, desperate… You know how it goes.

I really hated how one person’s story ended. I find it hard to believe that things could escalate like that. Maybe I’m naive, but I can’t imagine such scumminess in the face of adversity. I honestly think people are more likely to come together with a sense of helpless camaraderie. Oh well.

I also didn’t like how everyone was either painted as a slimy mafioso or pensive hippie. It was hard to relate to them, that’s for sure!

Related Reading

  • Breakfast Served Anytime – Sarah Combs
  • A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
  • The Paradox of Vertical Flight – Emil Ostrovski
  • The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

Rating: 3/5


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