The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a fantastic novel. It is based on the life of a boy named Michael who is in his final semester of high school and the town is about to be taken over by Gods. Michael and his friends must try and graduate and hope that the school does not get blown up (again).
My favourite character is Jared as I found his friendship with Michael very special. I also loved Mel (Michael’s older sister) who was battling an eating disorder and trying to stay strong as their family fell apart. I enjoyed the element of mystery with characters such as Nathan and ‘Call me Steve’ as they made me question who was really behind all the mysterious deaths of the Indie kids.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes immortals, zombies and vampires. This book would be loved by anyone who enjoys a good adventure.
I’d give this book 8/10 because it was a very entertaining read, however it took a long time for the action to begin. My favourite part of the book was in Chapter 23 when the school was finally blown up as I found it both funny and emotional, and it had a meaningful ending.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a fascinating book that combines horror fantasy with modern-day reality. Each chapter begins with a short description of the Indie kids who are slowly being murdered by a supernatural creature who is preying on them alone. The book explores a variety of different issues that challenge young people today, such as eating disorders, mental health and relationships with parents, which makes this novel relatable and engaging. For such a large book it is surprisingly quick to read, and it draws you in to the plot from the first chapter. The Indie narrative causes a mystical feel and can be a bit confusing until you learn to detach it from the main plot and regard them as separate stories which link together at the climax.
This book also introduces you to the world of politics and gets us to consider what it is like for the children of MPs which is a subject not commonly explored and encourages our empathy for the main character Mikey. Full of twists and turns, The Rest of Us Just Live Here lives up to Patrick Ness’s superb reputation and is an outstanding book that appeals to a range of ages and people.
I really like the book because of its unusual plot and characters that will blow your mind. I would recommend this to anyone from the age of 12 years because it’s a really good book but quite confusing. I would describe the novel as dystopian because it seems to be set in another dimension. There is not a strong plot but this book shows a life where everything seems plain and boring but ends up being extraordinary. It is a world where you have to find the extraordinary in an ordinary life.
The main characters are: Mikey, Jared, Mel, Nathan and Henna.
Mikey has something he calls ‘loops’ which make him confused and make him feel as if he can’t understand himself – it also makes him want to die. I think he is a suitable character for a main character because he is unique, but I would like to know about things from another point of view occasionally. He is in love with Henna.
Jared is a strange character; he is gay and the God of the mountain lions, he has powers with which he helps Mikey overcome his ‘loops’ and helps ease Mikey’s confusion. He likes Nathan and they begin a relationship.
I liked the character Mel, because she does not give up. Mel is anorexic and is slowly trying to get better – she is Mikey’s sister. The most gripping part of the book is when Mikey and Henna are in a car arguing about each other’s feelings and then end up in an accident after they see a blue eerie light. They are both injured in the crash.
I rate this 10/10.
What is it like to be Mikey? An average kid who is not one of the Chosen Ones. What is it like for him wanting to be a normal teen and not have to worry about the stresses of life? Well we’re about to find out. A high octane action book, with lots of humour and wit and also makes you reflect whether a Chosen One’s life is even that good or not.
I loved the book due to the action and humour that was presented in the story. It was funny, but also relatable and we see Patrick Ness’s inner teen coming to play during his writing of the book. Zombies, demigods, and an almost-apocalypse is almost every teenager’s dream book. I’ve not actually read any other books by Patrick Ness but I will definitely read them now. I love books with a good bit of humour and wit and it looks like Patrick has a lot of it.
I’d probably recommend it to teenage boys as they would in my opinion like the zombies and the action more than girls. Not really for younger readers as some of the jokes are hard to understand if you’re not a teenager.
There are many books out there, featuring ‘THE CHOSEN ONE’, some even from his/her perspective. ‘THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE’ is not one of those books. In fact, it is just the opposite. This new novel by Patrick Ness is about an ordinary boy called Mikey who has the most boring, typical lifestyle a person could have… but what if you just wanted to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life?
Read this award-winning novel today; trust me, you’ll find it hard to put it down!
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve devoted many an hour to reading dystopian fiction of some variety; in fact the most recent novel I’ve read has not only been set in a dystopian new world, but it was by the same author who wrote The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I think you can guess which trilogy that book is from. And yet, despite the captivating plot in the Chaos Walking trilogy, I found myself enjoying this novel at a rate that I never could have imagined with The Knife of Never Letting Go or The Ask and The Answer. Indeed, this appears odd on the surface – Chaos Walking has a more clearly defined plot; almost every page is intensely correographed in a way that makes everything contribute to the events that Todd and Viola will experience, whilst in Ness’s later book, the story follows a group of four friends of ‘high school’ graduating age going about their normal lives, albeit whilst being threatened by abnormal occurrences.
This is what is so clever about The Rest of Us Just Live Here: from a novel like this, we would expect the main characters to be at the centre of the action and yet in this story we follow those who are merely affected by the events taking place; Ness even intelligently pays homage to it in the blurb: ‘Not everyone has to be the chosen one’. In turn, this leads to us getting a better understanding of what the characters are like and what sort of relationships they share between each other; there’s no doubt that Mike, Mel, Henna and Jared are better developed characters than anyone could hope for if they were fighting battles in the meantime. Even secondary characters, who would be completely ignored in any other text of this sort, are given their fair share of attention in the book. It’s not as though we miss out on the action either, there is a helpful foreword at the start of each chapter, telling us what is going on in the fantastical world of the ‘Indie Kids’, our unspoken heroes, and all the while our main characters are trying to lead normal lives whilst being affected by almost every action the so called ‘Indie Kids’ seem to take, climaxing in one of the main characters playing a large role in what appears to be the final event.
Furthermore, the characters’ various pitfalls are described very effectively. As someone who strives to be politically correct to a point that is almost tedious to those around me, I abhor the light use of the term ‘OCD’ (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). When people throw around phrases such as ‘I’m a bit OCD’, they are often blind to the life ruining effects of OCD on people that actually have it, and so it made me delighted to see that in this book, the issue of mental health was treated in a way that was delicate and tasteful, and added to the already incredibly strong character development. Seriously, it’s hard to find fault in this book. Overall, I believe that this novel is excellent; it brings in a new concept with recurring themes from the best of Ness’s previous books and the incredible character development will make anyone feel strongly about almost all the characters.
The story is full of ghosts, vampires and soul eating ghosts who are chasing the Indie kids. The story is full of mystery and does not meet a conclusion. It explores obsessive compulsive disorder and the lead character Mikey’s attempt to overcome it.
Mythology, relationships and alcoholism are explored. This was like no other book I have ever read before and would recommend it.