Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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. - excerpt from book

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is a standalone book that has an odd tale that captures you from the beginning. What is so interesting about this book is that the main character is just your regular teenager. This book focus is not on the chosen ones who fight off whatever evil that is lurking but the people around it like you and me.

I have to say that this book's chapter beginnings is interesting as it's snippets of some event that is happening in the town. It's not long just a few lines on the incident and then it's back to our main character. The main character and his friends are just your regular teenagers dealing with regular problems. You won't expect the book having some adventurous plot because it's all about their interaction with regular problems. So the interesting part is how those regular problems came to be and their dealings with it. There is growth for the characters but it's not major ones, yet they were still interesting to read about. I guess it's the characters that capture my heart with their story and struggles.

This was a really short read and the plot was not bad. The twists and turns were quite interesting and I felt that the story progressed at a good pace. I really like the side event that is happening. Overall, I think it was an enjoyable read because it talks about something that is quite real about the world and the people in it. This was my first Patrick Ness book and judging by other people's impression of him, he write really well. I cannot say I'm wowed but I'm still intrigued to read other books of his. I'm not sure I would recommend this to people who would want to try his writing because the reviews ain't that great for this book. But I guess Patrick Ness fans would want to read this. For a taste of his works, this is not recommended to start with. I was suggested to try A Monster Call which I heard has a movie adaptation coming soon.

I wanted to share a quote that I've found meaningful in the book:
"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 the 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" - Page 216, line 16

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