Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 3/5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: (SPOILER ALERT I would advise you not to read this is you haven’t read The Rest of Us Just Live Here.) Ahhh my first book of 2016. I wasn’t particularly bad but it wasn’t good either. I didn’t go into it with high hopes, even though I had heard so many people say Patrick was their favourite author, so I wasn’t disappointed. The book just fell flat for me. I was very intrigued by the synopsis of this book when I first heard about it and a lot of people had been saying how much they liked it so when I got it for Christmas I knew I’d be reading it soon. The whole idea of it following the characters that weren’t ‘The Chosen One’ really appealed to me. I loved how at the beginning of each chapter you got a paragraph that told you a bit about what was happening to the ‘Chosen Ones’ or who the referred to as ‘the indie kids’. It was also a very diverse book from character to character everyone was each their own bringing in all different races, mental health issues and problems that made you think. As for the plot, I don’t want to say this harshly but nothing significant happened. It just kind of followed their everyday lives and yes, I know the whole point of the book was that the main charaters were the ‘normal’ kids but it just wasn’t very compelling. Yeah there was the car crash with Henna and Mike and the concert being blown up but non of the events were relevant to the end of the story. Nothing went anywhere. You didn’t find out what the blue lights were in the end or why everything was always blowing up (like the school & concert) everyone just graduated and it just ended… At the end I didn’t think ‘Oh I winder what would happen next!’ And even a few days later (I finished it on January 1st) I have not once found my brain wandering back thinking of how the characters are doing and such. It is sad that this was my first take on Patrick Ness but one this is, I did really like his writing style and I will definitely be picking up some more of his books in the future.