The Rest of Us Just Live Here

by Patrick Ness

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LoveReading View on The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Children's Book Award 2016.

September 2015 NewGen Book of the Month.

Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power to reveal truths, particularly about teenage lives. As one band of teenagers – those special ‘indie kids’ familiar from so many YA novels – battle to save the world from the Immortals, the main plot of the novel concerns another group of young people. Mikey is getting through his teenage years with the help of his friends and by focusing on graduating and leaving home.  He also wants to declare his love for his friend Henna. It’s enough for anyone to cope with, the possibility of someone blowing up school only adds to his problems.  The indie kids’ story is told entirely in chapter head summaries, the real drama is Mikey’s, and of course his story means the most to the rest of us. Original, funny, true, it can only be Patrick Ness. ~ Andrea Reece

Andrea Reece

The Rest of Us Just Live Here Synopsis

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey?

What if you just want 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 might just be the God of mountain lions...

The Rest of Us Just Live Here Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Simon Marshall - 'Totally original, just what we’ve come to expect from the brilliant Patrick Ness.'
  • Danielle Shepherd - 'Mystical, magical and absolutely thrilling.'
  • Lauren Coffman - 'It was thrilling and exciting, and though it was about a world not like ours, it was still easy to connect to the characters.'
  • Aimee Sweet - 'This may be the oddest book I have read for a while, but certainly the most interesting and relatable one.
    I love it.'
  • Emily Kinder - 'Patrick Ness has created something new and fascinating, and it's amazing.'
  • Bethan Scarr - 'Any fan of Patrick Ness will not be disappointed.  A compelling read, with characters so real that you feel that you know them.'
  • Emma Hughes - 'A story full of mystery and love, and adds to Patrick Ness' number of brilliant novels.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you are a fan of Patrick Ness then this is a must read!'
  • Farah Alam - 'My first Patrick Ness novel, and it was ok.'
  • Rose Heathcote - 'It does
    cover important issues that can affect teenagers like anorexia and OCD and the way it could affect somebody’s life, this part of the book is written very well.'
  • Chloe Shortall - 'I really enjoyed this novel. It’s fun and clever, with a fantastic plotline and wonderful plot twists. I would definitely recommend this book.'
  • Cliona McKeown-Bittles - 'An honest and real take on the issues of ordinary life paralleled with the life threatening and suspenseful extraordinary existence.'
  • Ella Grabsky - 'A wonderful tale about learning it's ok not to be perfect. This book had me gripped from the first page to the last.'

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ISBN: 9781406331165
Publication date: 27/08/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406331165
Publication date: 27th August 2015
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California. His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American ...

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