Author: Carrie Butler
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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Deep beneath the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles alongside the Pacific Northwest coastline, lies the Cascadia subduction zone—a fault on the verge of unleashing a catastrophic earthquake, thirty times more powerful than the San Andreas. Unfortunately, like most tourists, Elena Cordova is oblivious.
She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.
Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.
As We Know It was a thrilling mix of a possible reality, filled with heart-felt characters, wonderful moments of humor, and writing that instantly pulls you in. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of the reality that Carrie paints. She also presented characters that were light-hearted, yet filled with depth and a reality that buries into your heart.
Elena is feisty and though she does have a few insecurities, I enjoyed her character. She really shined when her world was turned upside-down. I felt she reacted to the situation she found herself in realistic and I loved that she kept pieces of herself and her humor through it all.
Vincent, though, definitely stole my heart. He isn’t a warm character, at first, and through the book I loved getting to discover more about him. I felt that Carrie also did a great job in presenting a character with his problems. I also felt that he really came across as realistic. I loved his random knowledge and though he has a prickly personality at first, he’s lovable.
The book is filled with characters that keep the darker atmosphere in the book in check yet also adds wonderful lighthearted moments. Those moments allowed for the book to keep a lighter atmosphere despite the darker theme. The pacing was fast, yet it didn’t feel rushed and I enjoyed the characters’ personal growths. It all felt natural.
As We Know It was filled with characters that are believable and lovable, a daring adventure in a world struck by a devastating disaster that kept me glued to the pages, a world that was hauntingly believable, and a story I just loved.