5 stars · Fantasy · fiction

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

author : patrick ness

pages : [hardcover] 352

memorable quote I hope you get to choose your family and I hope it means as much to you as mine does to me.

favorite character : jared

summary :

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.

review :

I love, love, love everything Patrick Ness writes and The Rest of Us Just Live Here is one of my new favorite books.

Ness takes a concept that I’ve vaguely thought about but never truly considered until this novel–what if you aren’t the chosen one, but one of the extras in the background? Not the person destined to save the world but the one who might get into a car accident because someone else is realizing their destiny. There are all of these people out there who just want normalcy in their lives while others are battling for the fate of the world. This book was so well-written on top of the fun concept and I know I’ll be reading it over and over again.

Ness’ characters are awesome. My favorite had to be Jared. Not just because he was born to be a cat-whisperer. He was so kind to all of his friends–tough when he needed to be, but it was always with their best interests in mind. I loved reading about him and wanted the best for him because he definitely deserved to be happy!

Main character Mickey leads a complicated life even if he is just a normal guy. He suffers from OCD and sometimes gets caught in loops he just can’t break himself out of. The idea of it, to me, is completely terrifying. He always knows that he should stop and yet isn’t able to force himself to do so. That loss of control eats away at him and helps to shape the rest of his personality. Not only is he not the savior, he also feels like he’s the least wanted in his friend group. While that’s rough, I also kind of liked that Mickey had to deal with that because I know it’ll be so relatable. Everyone, at some point, doubts the people surrounding them. Mickey more than most. I think he’ll be able to help readers who are lonely and unsure about themselves.

I’m going to recommend this book to everyone. Not only were the characters amazing, the plot was so interesting. It was fun to piece together Mickey’s story and then, layered beneath that, the overall danger posed to the world as someone’s ‘chosen one’ prophecy is being fulfilled. The chapter titles are particularly funny because they each describe what’s happening to these people involved with a prophecy, all while Mickey’s living out his life as best he can.

If you haven’t thought of reading this book yet–you HAVE to. I’m sure this will be one of my all-time favorites.

5/5 stars

4 stars · fiction

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This

author : patrick ness

pages : [hardcover] 480

memorable quote : A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.

favorite character : seth

summary :

From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . .

review :

I love Patrick Ness and his writing. I think what’s so wonderful about it is that it seems uniquely great in every book that he writes. I loved A Monster Calls, which is geared toward children and has a dreamlike quality. I read the Chaos Walking Trilogy, which is impossible to accurately describe because it is just so fantastically written and the emotions evoked are one that I, three years later, still feel and am able to reflect on. Now, of course, I was going to read More Than This as soon as it was released. I ended up waiting until I could get it from my local library and absolutely loved the voice used to tell this story though I’m left uncertain by the ending.

The entire plot of More Than This is both complicated and fascinating because Seth only knows as much about what is going on as we do, which is nothing. Is he dead? Is he living? Is this some kind of dream? Is he about to die? These questions and more pop up even in the first few chapters of the book and continue to accumulate throughout the story. I loved how the place where Seth woke up was built and the mystery surrounding it. I especially loved Seth’s trying to reason with it because he questioned and reflected on things almost all of the time when I was doing the same thing and this really made me think about how relatable Seth was. The other characters were built with their complications, flaws, and quirks as I’ve come to expect from Ness.

The ending was both what I expected and what I was hoping wouldn’t happen. I could understand the necessity of it and was almost happy with it, until I realized that I’d wanted something more. And than realized that there was really nothing more than this when the book concluded . . . Which, I suppose, ties in rather well to the entire thing, doesn’t it?

If you love a good mystery, this book is certainly for you. New complications and revelations come at every turn and leave you guessing and trying to figure out the puzzling truth! If you like great characters, world building, and an interesting story, you should also pick this up. And, last but not least, if you’re just looking for some great writing, More Than This has that for you.

4/5 stars