Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young adult, fiction
Yay or Nay: Yay...?
Movie adaptation: As of now, nope. As of ever, nope.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5. It's perrrfect for light reading and the concept of the story is be-au-ti-ful. But it left me feeling a bit disappointed. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
Synopsis: Mikey isn't 'The Chosen One'. He's a watcher. He's an extra in a movie revolving around 'The Chosen One'. But he has a life, too. And he's working to make it extraordinary in his own way.
Mikey's town has gone through waves and waves of unnatural events. Vampires, soul-eating ghosts, the whole lot. But he couldn't care less. Not when he isn't the one in the thick of it. Not when all he wants is to graduate high school without it blowing up. Mikey is deep in his own life, the calamities none of his concern.
What are the lives of the bystanders like? What if you're the extra in someone's movie? Do you acknowledge it at all?
Review: I LOVE the concept of The Rest of Us. LOVE it. It's unique and has ZERO tropes. A little rare acorn in a forest full of leaves. Haven't we all wondered what on earth the rest of the characters do when 'The Chosen One' is out saving (or destroying) the world? Well, THERE'S A BOOK ABOUT IT. Turns out, the lives of the sideline characters are equally as special and unique as the life of 'The Saviour' (or destroyer. Some only exist to wreak havoc). There were lovely bits of supernatural-ey events peppered throughout, and I loved them. The special-ness in an un-special life made the book such a nice read. My favourite part of the book was the little third person paragraph before each chapter that did give us insight into the life of 'The Chosen One'. It had me yelling in frustration because the main characters had no idea what was happening beyond their bubbles. "DON'T GO THERE. IT'S THE CRAZY EVENT YOU WERE WONDERING ABOUT", I yelled, as they did, indeed, go there. It was super interesting to read about the protagonist going about his not-so-unusual life in oblivion to the EXTREMELY unusual happenings.
Now, the writing. BEAUTIFUL. Each word complemented everything from the normal-ness of sideline life to the stark contrast of the chaos exploding in the background. It was super diverse, too, and that made me burst with happiness. Patrick Ness is a wizard.
Buuut... Although it was beautiful, I nitpicked. And it just wasn't the ideal book for me. It was light reading and I didn't find myself deeply invested in the characters.
To make it easier:
A lovely light read.