“Every war has turning points and every person too.”
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.
Review: How I Live Now was short, refreshing and to the point, (and so shall be my review).
The writing style was unique and engaging. The way the story was told and the main characters ‘voice’ kept me hooked from page one.
The characters seemed a lot older than they actually were, but they were still well developed, realistic characters. Also the relationships between the characters was well portrayed and realistic feeling. I especially loved the controversial relationship between the main character and Edmund, which I know a lot of people didn’t like. Generally most parts of the book (characters/plot/relationships/writingstyle) were extremely good.
However, one thing I didn’t particularly like was that I did find that everything seemed to happen kind of fast. I know that there’s always a risk of too much build up in a story making it slow going, but I enjoy the parts between the action, mainly the characters feelings and reactions to it. But in this book the main character stayed relatively calm and at some points seemed very uninterested in the serious, shocking events taking place around her.
I did like the main character and I don’t think that she would be a character you could hate (and I’ve started to hate quite a few main characters recently) but something about her struck me as kind of dull and shallow. I’m not sure what it was but after finishing the book and looking back I just didn’t feel a connection to her, which is something I like to be able to feel in a good book.
Overall I recommend that you give this book a go as it’s original, refreshing, unique and a really enjoyable read.