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Our Rating: 4.3 Stars
A YA book that has already amassed an incredible cult following, Patrick Ness weaves a tale that fluidly introduces a new age truth; “Not everyone has to be the chosen one”. A notion so wonderfully new yet deeply seated within its plain truth, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a book that illuminates the lives of those back dropped behind every supernatural story there is. Of the Jennys and Patricks in Elena and Stefan’s History class, of the non witches in The Secret Circle… Of the people who witness the unreal battles between worlds in the sidelines whilst being adversely affected.
The story revolves around 17 year old Mike, (who, above everything teen-angst related, battles crippling anxiety), his recovering anorexic sister, the beyond perfect demigod best friend, and his unrequited love for his day one crush. The four all live in a small town, the seemingly eternal basis for everything supernatural, what with the vampires, witches, and endless deaths/bombings/inexplicable lights in the sky, from which they desperately wish to escape. Mike however itches to know what truly is happening. The thing though is that he can’t, being as he is not one of the chosen, one of the Indie kids; the only people in the whole town who seem to be in the loop, as they frivolously date vampires and get murdered by Immortals, witches, even ghosts once, all whilst finding the time to blow up the high school every now and then.
Mike wants to survive. He wants to kiss Henna, graduate high school, and move as far as humanly possible from his broken family. All he’s got to do now is live through glowing-eyed zombie deer and possessed police officers for a few more weeks. Quite simple, by all accounts.
Personally, I loveloveloved the book. Patrick Ness has marvelously flipped the coin on fantasy fiction in this craft fully compelling tale. And yes, I’ve read it twice. Yes, it happened in the same week… And of course I haven’t slept in a while.
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