Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here


The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★☆☆

Published: 2015

Format: eBook

Pages: 343

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

After loving his Chaos Walking trilogy, and his work on the TV show Class, it was about time I picked up another of Patrick Ness’ works. In this, he takes the ‘chosen one’ trope prominent in YA fantasy/dystopia and turns it on its head. What about everyone else?

I would describe this as mostly contemporary, with just a hint of fantasy. We mostly follow our main characters, who are just trying to get on with their normal lives: surviving school, dealing with prom, and making finally asking our their crush. Providing the school doesn’t get blown up again. The ‘indie kids’ are forever getting themselves into trouble fighting whatever creatures are around right now.

This is a fun twist on the trope, but also has some great depth to the characters along with some great diversity. While it didn’t completely blow me away, it was an enjoyable read.

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