Review of How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Book Review: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
How I Live Now
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff is a frakken amazing dystopian book. It won a Printz award in 2005. I found How I Live Now to be compelling and impossible to put down until the very end.
The protagonist is named Daisy. Essentially Daisy is having some trouble with her father and stepmom in America, so she hops a plane and visits her aunt and cousins in the English countryside. When, oh hellz no, a war outbreaks in England. Her aunt leaves the kids alone to go fix the war. Well, the aunt doesn’t come back and the kids are left to fend for themselves.
As a character, Daisy has a vivid personality and a unique voice. To me, she felt real and earnest. She could honestly have been a flesh and blood teenager. I liked that she wasn’t a cardboard cutout character. She certainly had her faults, but damned if I don’t admire her strengths.
Another of my favorite characters from this book was Piper. She is one of Daisy’s cousins. Piper is adorable and seemed so sweet. I know I would have wanted to protect her too.
As for the war/dystopian elements, it is disturbing. I am haunted by what one of the characters had witnessed. War is not glory, y’all. It’s disturbing. After the initial battle/take over by terrorists (I think), the people weren’t really sure who was in charge, confusion is king. I hate to say this, but anarchy is frakken scary. Give me order please, and some semblance of rules.
Now, certain parts may disgust you, think a book with some Flowers up In The Attic. There’s sex and I think cussing. I’m not bothered by that, but I know others are. If you want to read an excellent dystopia with someone who will become real to you, read How I Live Now with a glass of chocolate milk and a plate of cookies. The cookies will comfort you through the disturbing parts, and the chocolate milk is so you appreciate being able to have chocolate milk basically whenever you want it, because when society falls apart you’ll probs be stuck drinking boring old water.
Disclosure: I bought this book from Betterworldbooks.com and part of my proceeds went to a literacy charity.
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