The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Walker Books (ebook), 2015
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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…
On the day we’re the last people to see indie kid Finn alive, we’re all sprawled together in the Field, talking about love and stomachs.
WHAT I THOUGHT
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a fantastic book. The author must be a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer because the whole book is about telling the story of the kids who are never going to save the world and who just want to make it through high school. To quote Xander, “They’ll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn’t chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it.” I enjoyed this book immensely. It made me laugh and almost cry at times – the perfect escapism fiction. What I really liked were the long chapter headings which explained how the ‘indie kids’ were saving the world in yet another battle against evil, this time the Immortals while Mikey and his friends marched towards finals and senior prom obliviously. I also liked the fact that Mikey’s best friend has healing powers because his mother was a Goddess and animals from all over the state come to him to be healed but he’s still not quite cool and powerful enough to be an ‘indie kid’. Nice touches.