Spoiler-Free Review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
This book is a dig at all of the "chosen ones" stories and I really enjoyed this idea. This was also what drew me to this book and also because I wanted to have another go at reading Patrick Ness. About 2 years ago I tried reading The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and found it super hard to get into. I ended up DNF-ing the book because I just couldn't get into it and I think that may have been because I was too young and didn't understand the humour. So as you can probably guess, I was rather apprehensive about reading this book, but I am SO glad that I did as it is one of my favourite books of all time!
Anyway, let's get into the review!
This book is not about the chosen ones. It's about the kids in the background, the ones no one ever sees or if they do, they disregard them because their not the feature of the movie/book. Well this time they are the feature.
These people attend the same school as the "indie kids" or the "chosen ones", but have no part in their lives. They're just in the background while the "indie kids" live their adventurous (and also dangerous) lives.
The adventures of the "indie kids" starts off each chapter and then the main focus is what is happening to the background kids. The background kids are drawn into the spotlight as it focuses on their problems. These include normal everyday problems that people may experience like, anxiety/panic attacks, OCD, anorexia (other eating disorders), car crashes etc.
This book also blends fantasy with contemporary to create a brilliant storyline. There's things like arguments and bombs, strange blue lights, zombie deer and proms and more. It's definitely a successful cross-over and one that I absolutely loved! Also, one of the kids is a cat-goddess thing as well, so there's that as well. These things together create the most awesome story ever and leaves no dull moments.
This book is full of what I heard is typical Ness humour and I loved every bit of it. The humour definitely helped keep the story going and moving on. It also created a lot of problems and arguments between the characters, keeping the story eventful.
There is only one thing I want to be changed about the book and that's the length. I NEED MORE OF THIS STORY!! At least I need an epilogue or something! Apart from this, the storyline, characters and writing was spectacular. I loved the writing so much that I've written a separate post full of some of my favourite quotes, because I just couldn't.
Rate - 5/5!!
I definitely recommend this as I personally loved it! I have heard some bad reviews, but I disagree with a lot of their reasons, but everyone has different tastes and opinions. Oh well! Juts please at least check it out as I am now obsessed with it! *crazy laugh*
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22910900-the-rest-of-us-just-live-here
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Rest-of-Us-Just-Live-Here--Signed-Edition-/9780062435026
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