Review | The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live HereTitle: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Release Date:
August 27th, 2015
Walker Books
YA, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

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.

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

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. There were a lot of pretty average reviews floating around. I thought it was actually a pretty good book. Not amazing, but definitely good.

I loved the relationships in this book, particularly those of the main group. They were all so comfortable around each other, which was really fun to read. However, they weren’t without their troubles: there were quite a few things that the narrator, Mikey, had to work through with many of them.

I really liked the character development of Mikey. He was struggling with a lot for most of the book, so it was really nice to see him make a conscious decision to make an effort to be happy.

“If you heal all that stuff, I’ll live the rest of my life not knowing if I could have figured it out on my own.”

I must admit, the story was a little lacking. There just wasn’t much going on. I do understand that that’s probably the point, that these guys are just trying to make it to graduation while all the ‘indie kids’ are off trying to stop the apocalypse. It’s a good thing that I like the characters and their relationships, because that’s pretty much all that was going on.

This was quite a nice story – it was fun to see the story from the POV of those not in the thick of all the chaos. This is the first Ness novel that I’ve read, and I really enjoyed his writing style, but the story and plot left a bit to be desired. This book is quite a quick read, so I’d definitely recommend it to people who read urban fantasy, as it is a fun way to see what happens to those on the sidelines.

“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 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.”

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3 thoughts on “Review | The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

  1. emilytalksaboutbooks December 15, 2015 / 12:20 PM

    I’ve been wanting to read this, it sounds like and interesting plot. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it!

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