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Books I have previously loved: How I live now by Meg Rosoff

How I live now by Meg Rosoff
Published by Penguin

“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.

A riveting and astonishing story.

I am not a hard and fast Meg Rosoff fan. I find a lot of her charcaters to be a bit wishy washy and some of her story lines to be a bit pointless. However I did love How I Live Now completely. The book is set in the near future in the middle of a war. It was another book I picked up purely for the cover but I was totally hooked once I got into it. I loved the characters and I thought the ideas and premise for the story were excellent. The story line with Edmound was heart breaking and I loved the main character. A book I would highly recommend (so much so I invested in a hardback signed first edition).