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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date: August 27, 2015
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

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.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here isn’t my favourite Patrick Ness book (The Ask and the Answer, how I love you), but it certainly had all of the Ness uniqueness and charm about it. For a story about the characters who are not the Chosen Ones, i.e. the fellow pupils at Forks High School and the people living in the same town as the Dursleys, it was gripping and definitely intriguing. Continue reading

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date: 27th August 2015
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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 worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

I have this problem with Patrick Ness’s novels in that I love them so much it renders me pretty much unable to do anything but cry and harass people to read them. So, um, can you all go out and buy his books and then read them and then get back to me with how he has destroyed your life, thanks. Much appreciated, it’ll be so nice to have company down in the pit. Continue reading

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick NessThe Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: May 4, 2009
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #181818;">Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order.</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? </span><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And where is Viola? Is she even still alive?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And who are the mysterious Answer?</span><br style="color: #181818;" /><br style="color: #181818;" /><span style="color: #181818;">And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode...</span></p>
“Your Noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt.”

Let me tell you about how I had my life ruined by aliens. The Knife of Never Letting Go was a great book. I loved it, and I’ve been recommending it like crazy. But The Ask and the Answer completely blows its predecessor out of the water. So much happens in such a (relatively) short book, it’s a wonder people’s heads don’t explode while they’re reading it. I loved it, and before writing this review I was going to just give it a 4 stars/Essential rating, but now I’ve decided to go with All Time Favourite. Because my life is ruined and I am crying.

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