Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Posted July 8, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 6 Comments

Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books on August 27th 2015
Genres: young adult, contemporary, fantasy
Pages: 343
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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 worshipped by mountain lions.

WOW. Just, wow. I am thoroughly impressed with this book, and Patrick Ness has finally made it to my favorite-authors list. This is the first book of his that I’ve read. And I definitely have to say, with immense conviction, that Patrick Ness’ writing definitely impressed me. LIKE, I AM SUPER DUPER IMPRESSED, why have I never read his book before!?

“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”

Patrick Ness wrote a book that shied away from the typical hero stance. The Chosen One. Percy Jackson. Katniss Everdeen. Harry Potter. Those characters were always the ones to save the day, the ones we know would eventually defeat the alien, overthrow the government and all. But we’ve never really thought about what happens to the rest of the town. I mean, like in Harry Potter, we’ve never actually thought how Voldemort’s chaos affected other wizards and witches that weren’t in Hogwarts. They’re not directly connected to whatever was happening, but somehow they’re affected. And that’s what The Rest of Us Just Live Here is about. The Others.

I am actually jumping in my chair while writing this review, THAT’S how amazed I was by this book. DAMN.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here is written in a unique way. Each chapter actually started with a story within the chapter title itself. For example, “Chapter the First where ……” and this part tells us the fantasy part of this story. The story of the Chosen One. But the main story? Mikey, the main character, doesn’t give a shit about it. NOPE. The school blew up? Must be some apocalypse, he says with a flat, bored tone. What Mikey cared about what his crush for his close friend. And also maybe about graduating from school before it blew up. AGAIN.

I was definitely hooked onto this book since the first page, and I wanted more. I wanted to know more about Mikey’s life, and to be honest, I was more interested in him and his friends, than about the fantasy stuffs. Y’all have to read this book, it’s actually pretty amazing!



6 responses to “Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

  1. I’m absolutely in love with Patrick Ness’ books, so I can’t wait to read this one. I don’t fangirl, but I’m pretty sure if I met him I’d be falling all over myself. OK, so now you need to tackle The Knife of Never Letting Go trilogy, and A Monster Calls, and The Crane Wife. And and and. 🙂
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  2. I’m actually a fan of Patrick Ness, but for some reason, I’ve been a bit hesitant to read this book. It’s almost like it’s too good to be true, you know? The premise is AMAZING, and I am just so terrified that the book itself won’t live up to it. But that wonderfully enthusiastic review might be the push I need to finally get the book.

    If you don’t know already, there’s a movie coming out this month based on one of Patrick Ness’ books, A Monster Calls. It’s a middle-grade book, but it is so good. Heartbreaking. If you’re interested in reading more from him, you should check that out.

    Great review!
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