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

The Rest of Us Just Live HereWhat’s it about?

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.

My thoughts

While the Indie Kids or Chosen Ones are battling forces of evil ‘the rest of us just live here’ and get on with our lives.

Like in a horror movie the popular kids get hunted, stalked and murdered but think of all the other kids that are on the outside; this is their story. This book is all about those kids that are in the background, making up the numbers, they know the shit is going down but are not meant to be involved or have no control. It’s a very cleverly structured book having the chapter openings explain briefly what’s happening to the Indie Kids, this makes it feel like 2 stories in 1 that interact on the periphery.

You have to applaud Ness for his diverse characters and the issues that they’re dealing with; anorexia, OCD, mental health, their sexuality…oh and being a God, all this coupled with normal teenage worries, insecurities and relationships. But I do wonder whether trying to tick all the boxes to include so much diversity was a little overkill?

I don’t read a lot of this genre, a kind of mix up of fantasy and paranormal realism so don’t have anything to compare it too but it’s intelligently written even though aimed at young adult readers. I enjoyed the book although it took me probably a third to understand what was going on, and it didn’t take me long to read (just the weekend) but I preferred More Than This!

Oh and the beautiful blue pages…..

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13 Comments

  1. 21st November 2015 / 10:10 am

    As if you needed to do anything more to sell me a book by Patrick Ness… and then I see the picture of the blue pages! 🙂
    Still waiting for this to come into the library… I don’t think I’ll be reading it this week after all *sigh*.

    • 22nd November 2015 / 10:37 am

      I got a copy of A Monster Calls from the library yesterday……

      • 22nd November 2015 / 10:55 am

        Hooray! Don’t make my mistake of starting it at 11.30 pm. I was up to 2 am crying! (good, cathartic crying though and I cry at everything).

  2. 21st November 2015 / 1:32 pm

    This sounds like a pretty good book 😀 Great review!!

    • 22nd November 2015 / 10:36 am

      Thank you, if you read it I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  3. 21st November 2015 / 4:48 pm

    I love novels like this Lindsay. Have never read Patrick Ness (should I run and hide?).

    Fab review.

    Thanks for linking up with #TalkoftheTown

    • 22nd November 2015 / 10:36 am

      Nah Shaz, he’s pitched as a YA author so he may fly under people’s radars. I only came across him because a book of his was recommended to me 🙂

  4. 21st November 2015 / 11:39 pm

    The blue pages! I’ve never read a Ness, but this looks interesting. I may have to see if my library has it. Great review. My Weekly Wrap-Up

    • 22nd November 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Aren’t they lovely! If you manage to get a copy from your library I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  5. 22nd November 2015 / 7:20 am

    I love those blue pages too! This sounds like a really different read, thanks for sharing 🙂

    #TalkoftheTown

  6. 22nd November 2015 / 7:24 pm

    I assume if you’re not used to reading this genre (like me) then it is something quite different!
    Thanks for stopping by Kate 🙂

  7. 21st April 2016 / 3:07 am

    Wasn’t too much of a fan of this one either 🙁 I liked it, but it wasn’t what I heard it was. The diversity didn’t bother me too much; mostly I just thought the plot was boring and moved too slowly. Bummer because I usually love Patrick Ness’ work. Hope your next read is better!

    – Eli @ The Silver Words
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    • 21st April 2016 / 9:41 am

      Well I’ve only read 3 Ness books to date, and I think this is my least favourite. Still can’t top More Than This for me 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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