The rest of us just live here – Patrick Ness

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This book plays with the convention of The Chosen One, the one, or in this case ones as in several, all the fantasy books are written about. In this book they are referred to as the Indie Kids and have names like Finn, Satchel and Dylan. The indie kids have to save the world (or at least the little town they live in) while the rest of the world goes about their daily lives.

This book is about the rest of us, or rather about Mike, his two sisters and their friends. They go to the same school as the indie kids, they might talk to them in class but they don´t know them. Mike and his friends are dealing with decidedly normal problems, he himself has OCD and is in love with their Finnish/African friend Henna. One of his sisters nearly died of anorexia, his best friend Jared is gay in the smallest town around. They are graduating soon, their lives changing forever in ways none of them know yet.

I really liked how far it was from the formulaic ya we sometimes get. It was often funny and wise, it pokes fun at the chose one-trope in a loving way and I love the diverse set of characters that Ness has brought together.

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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.

 

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