Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were 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 might just be the God of mountain lions....
©2015 Patrick Ness (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"This is Ness at his best." (The Bookseller)
I really like Patrick Ness's books and have read or listened to them all.
The concept of The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is unique - in all the supernatural teen books with vampires, wizards and craziness going on, what happens to the rest of the kids who go to those schools and live in those towns?
It's a great one-line pitch and the writer just about pulls the story off, although that central idea soon becomes a burden rather than a blessing. The interesting parts of the story frequently seem to happen off-page and, in an effort to keep the story grounded, there are long periods where it feels like very little of consequence is going on.
Of course, that's life. There are long parts of people's every day lives in which nothing happens - but, as a novel, it's not quite enough to consistently pull the reader/listener back to the novel.
I finished it - and enjoyed it - but there were many times where I was fine with putting the audio down and going off to do other things. I never rushed back to it.
Away from the story itself, the narration is excellent. The sign of a good reader for me is that, as a listener, you forget there's somebody's voice telling the story. It simply fits. James Fouhey does an excellent job.
Interesting premise, a good YA book. It is entertaining enough but didn't grab me as much as Chaos walking books.
It's a coming of age book which might be better suited for younger audience.
Less so for adult audience.
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