Friday, 17 July 2015

The Rest of Us just live here by Patrick Ness


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


My thoughts
I enjoyed the take this book took on the end of the world scenario focusing on the ordinary people whose priority wasn't saving the world but just trying to live their lives as normally as possible. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer if the story wasn't focused on the scoobies but instead a group of people you see as the extras in the background who are just trying to get to the end of the year and finish high school as normally as possible in a world where the extraordinary keeps getting in the way.

Really loved all the characters. The writing was clever and funny all the way though as I've come to expect from a Patrick Ness book.

For me this book was particularly poignant in the way it portrayed OCD not as a fun little quirk but as something that can be incredibly life debilitating when it takes over. It really made me think how tough it can be for people who truly suffer from it and the change it must make to their daily lives which most of us don't even consider.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and would highly recommend to others.

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