ARC Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here7:00 AM
Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: August 27th, 2015
My Rating: 2 Stars
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 worshiped by mountain lions.
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
I was given an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is my first Patrick Ness book, but I must say, I was not impressed. I get the point that Ness was trying to prove with this book - how despite not being the Chosen Ones or the main characters, each of us have our own problems and challenges to get through. I get that, and I admire him for writing a book like this. But the the thing is, I didn't like how it was executed.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is written in a way that the first paragraph or two is telling us what is going on with the "indie kids," or the main characters in this book. Then it proceeds on to the narration of our main character, Mike. This kind of writing style made the book more of a contemporary book with random bouts of fantasy in it. I didn't like that about the book because there's no cohesion. I also didn't like how the book started because it felt like the book just jumped into the middle of something that was already happening beforehand.
This was a really weird book for me. Until the end, I still didn't get what was going on. It also felt weird how Mike and his friends don't really care about what going on around them in a way that they were quick to dismiss them and relying on the indie kids to fix things for them. Also, I still don't get why they call those kids "indie kids." I felt like it was a discrimination against them and it's like Mike and his friends are actually blaming those kids for the weird things that were going on.
I wasn't able to connect with the characters in this book. Normally when I read a book, I can connect to some part of it, no matter how small. But with this book? Not at all. Also, normally there's some parts of a book that I like, but I think I only liked about 2% of this book. I just don't get all the buzz and fuss surrounding this book.
I don't know if I should read more Patrick Ness books after this. What do you guys think?
2 very disappointing stars