All We Have Is Now
By: Lisa Shroeder
Available 28 July 2015
What do you do with your last day on earth?
Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.
The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.
Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.
If you knew the day you’d die would it change the way you lived your life? What about if you knew the whole country and possibly whole world was ending at the same time? In this book we get to see Emerson and her friend Vince navigate a new life where everyone has the same end date.
Emerson and Vince aren’t just dealing with the oncoming asteroid, they’ve been homeless runaways struggling to survive. They can’t help but start to think maybe it is for the best since they’re so tired of fighting to get by. When they meet Carl and hear about the way he’s spending his last days granting the wishes of others they are inspired to do the same.
The people they meet are handling everything in different ways. Some are brave and willing to fall in love even at the end while others believe their best option is to hide. There are feelings of anger and helplessness, but Emerson and Vince even stumble across some who believe it is all a hoax.
As the end comes closer we get to know more about Emerson’s past and why she is on the streets. We also get to see the paths of some of the other people who have impacted their lives, including Carl’s. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and discovering their fears and regrets as their time came to an end. We always think we have more time so it was great to see which things people focused on as their big regrets. It also showed how sometimes the things you want the most are the things you’re most afraid to risk not getting.
I really enjoyed the majority of this book. I admittedly found myself wondering throughout the book how it could possibly end. I have to admit I wasn’t entirely happy with the end of this one. But I’m sure that there are many who would have disagreed with me and been happy with that ending.
If you want to see what can happen when an asteroid is on the way and the way different people react to it then you may enjoy this one.