October 22nd 2019 by HarperTeen
Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.
When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.
For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.
With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.
This book gave me major feels. It is told in multiple viewpoints from our three main characters. As we are introduced to each character, they are seemingly disconnected but as you get to know them and the story unfolds you start to see little glimpses of how they are going to become important to each other.
Jesse decides to take advantage of the situation by using an old machine to “send messages” into space – which causes a influx of people to his hometown and a whole slew of problems into his own backyard.
Addeem sets off in hopes of finding his sister who abandoned him a few years prior. This sends him on a quest following a single radio transmission of what he believes to be his sister reaching out to him.
Cate is looking for the father that she has never met – as a promise that she makes to her mother who was committed to the hospital.
What I loved about this story was that – even though it occurs during the potential last week on earth – it is more of a story on humanity and connections than a sci-fi fantasy tale of aliens from another planet who have the potential to eliminate humanity as a whole. It has so many different layers that it is almost difficult to explain without spoiling the plot! It is an interesting look into what people might do if they knew they only had a little time left – where they will look to for hope and what they will do to get it.
This a young adult book that is perfect for readers 16 and up. It does have some language and violence.