I was given an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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