Book Review – The Rest Of Us Just Live Here…

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness.
Not everyone has to be the chosen one. The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death.
What if you were Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
And what if there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life?
Even if your best friend might be the God of mountain lions…
The book starts with our protagonist and his friends lay in a meadow and doing some studying. Then out of the blue, Indie kid Finn comes running out of the forest and into another forest towards another forest and a column of blue light. He gets chased by a young girl. Weird.
You quickly get the sense that Mikey has mental health issues. His behaviour is indicative of anxiety and OCD. I applaud this as far too few people appear in books that are sufferers. Far too many people are protagonists who are all peachy and wholesome. Mikey talks about his issues and says he feels like he is stuck in a loop when the attacks happen to him.
Then we come across Jared, Mikey’s absolute best friend in the whole world who just happens to be the mountain lion god. He also happens to be gay. He and Mikey have fooled around a couple of times but are not an item.
That’s because Mikey is in love with Henna. Henna is mixed race. Her mum is African American and her dad is Finnish. They are both ministers in a church and are hyper religious. They are planning to go to the Central African Republic after Henna graduates – in four and a half weeks time.
Then we meet Mel and Meredith. Mel is Mikey’s nineteen year old older sister. She is in Mikey’s year at school because last year she had a heart attack following an extended bout of Anorexia. She also has anxiety issues. She cannot stand to have anyone watch her eat. Meredith is the younger sister. She is only ten years old and at the point in time that the book is written, she does not have any psychological issues (other than pre-teenage fandom for a boy band) and she appears the only calm one of the three.
As the story progresses, we are made aware that the indie kids are starting to drop like flies. It also cause me to wonder why we only get a paragraph of writing about the indie kids. To me, this makes the story become rather disjointed and it begins to lose its flow in places. Which is a real shame, because the other parts of the story gel really well.
There are, as mentioned, little sub chapters at the start of each chapter. They offer insights into what is actually going on with the blue light and how the indie kids are the ones to deal with it all. My only wish is that those had been written as actual chapters. It spoilt what was an otherwise really good book.

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