#BookReview: The rest of us live here… by Patrick Ness | What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

26371624“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.”

I listened to the audiobook whilst driving for work and I loved it. I even laughed out loud, to myself, in the car… that good! It was really fun, loved the characters and the idea behind it. There were some moments when things lagged a bit or when a character pissed me off with an attitude that was left unchallenged, however overall it was really good. Loved the narrator too!

Characters
My favourite thing about this story was the characters; fully fleshed out, inherently flawed and definitely “not the chosen one”. For me, this story was all about the characters and their personal journey as they faced human hardships whilst the chosen ones battled another evil, the characters on the sideline that nobody thinks of. I really liked them all and how they challenged each other, however, there was a scene towards the end when Hannah played Mike a bit and she was not properly challenged for acting like that (saying one thing and doing another and vice versa). Headspin. Otherwise, Mike, Jared, Mel and Meredith were insanely fun to be around, and their relationships were complex and entirely human.

I liked how diverse the cast of characters was as well and dealing very realistically with issues such as anxiety, OCD, grief, alcoholism, traumatic events… It was also respectfully done in my opinion and challenged beliefs about OCD and anxiety, and that was brilliant!

World building
I loved it that the story happened in parallel to the story of the chosen one, and although they do cross paths occasionally, it is not part of the main plot whatsoever, and the characters actually do whatever they can, for the most part, to stay out of the way…

Writing style
I really liked the format of each chapter giving a brief summary of what the chosen ones were doing, then moving on the story that the rest of the people, the non-indie kids, were living.

Plot
I listened to it as an audiobook and I really enjoyed the format. On this occassion, I actually believe that the audiobook format helped with the enjoyment of the story!

Hook
The story hooked me right in because of the amazing cast of characters. I ended up looking forward to jumping in the car and going to another meeting because it meant that I could listen to the audiobook.

Enjoyment
I really enjoyed this story, and as I have already mentioned, I laughed out loud in my car whilst listening to it. The voice was really good and the narrator did a fabulous job with it. Funny enough, he reminded of the guy from Cinema Sins with his voice, and the way it poked fun at the chosen one, made it even more so.

I totally recommend this book, especially as an audiobook.

Xoxo
Jane

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