Review~The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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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.

In my opinion I find it to be an entertaining read, I find the concept of the story to be quite witty despite the mixed reviews about it.

The whole idea of the story is focusing on high school students who are not the indie kids, they just want to hang out with their friends, get a date for the prom and graduate from high school while the ‘indie’ kids are getting killed one by one dealing with supernatural happenings that somehow the non-indie kids managed to get involved.

This book is easily read that can be enjoyed by manypeople who take pleasure in making fun of certain hero tropes that was common in popular books, like romancing with vampires, always go off to fight certain creatures or having several ‘chosen ones’ called ‘Finn’. It is also interesting to see the world through normal students perspective, especially through the main character and narrator Mikey.

The only complaint I have is there is not enough action as I thought there was going to be, sure the book gave us some intake on what is happening to the indie kids at the begining of each chapter, but because the non-indie kids does get involved as well I was expecting for things happening to them just as much as the indie kids are going through.

I will have to say my favourite character is Jared who, in my opinion, is the most interesting character. An homosexual God of catswith healing powers and Mikey’s best friend. While he spent most of the book trying to avoid getting into these crazy, supernatural adventures despite having powers himself, he is probably the most down-to-earth character through out the entire book. Always willing to help people and animals and getting prayed on by cats. Seriously who wouldn’t want to be worshipped by mountain lions.

Overall, it is witty, entertaining and original, so I would givew it 4/5 stars.

 

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