Book Review – The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Book: The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Description from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

I was intrigued by the concept of this book and, since I tend to lean towards liking the side characters in action shows (I’m looking at you, Xander, my favorite Zeppo) better than the ‘main attraction’, I thought it might be a kind of interesting read.

I underestimated it completely.

This book reads almost like a John Green novel, with a smattering of Supernatural thrown in, but everything is from the perspective of the kids who aren’t a part of the fighting. It’s a nice coming-of-age tale, with all the trials of finishing high school and moving on, while also trying avoid getting tangled in the new apocalypse-of-the-week. I liked that the author didn’t leave us completely in the dark, giving a short summary of the action at the start of each chapter, but the main focus of the book was on the “side characters”.

If you are a fan of any type of ‘hero saves the world’ show, like Buffy or a zillion others, you will really like this book. There is NOT a lot of action, but it’s extremely well written and the characters are all pretty lovable…and, well, there IS a zombie deer, so you have that.

Similar Books:

The Accident Season – Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black


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