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“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.


How I Live Now
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A Fresh Voice
October 30th, 2014
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book on a plane. I was pleasantly surprised to find a fascinating read that sets itself apart from other dystopian titles. The slight hint of the supernatural was also an interesting addition. I really liked Daisy's voice, which was very much that of a teenager, but not at all annoying. Better than the movie.
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How I Live Now
October 17th, 2013
I read this book because I had watched the movie trailer and it seemed very interesting. Honestly it did not live up to my expectations but I know it's different from the movie so I'm praying for the movie to not be as big of a waste of time. I never quite figured out in which time period this book took place in and the fact that Edmund and Daisy are cousins is just gross. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless they don't have anything better to do.
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Good read
September 25th, 2013
Once you get use to the dialog, the story moves at a good pace. Overall story of survival and self actualization echoes the true life experiences of people trying not only to survive a war but their own internal battles. The author didn't hold back the immediate shock of war and the lingering affect on our sensibilities. A very good read.
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