Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Posted on January 20, 2016

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Rest of Us coverThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
By Patrick Ness
HarperCollins
October 2015
336 pages

If we actually lived in a world with superheroes – you know, the Chosen Ones who fight monsters and evil while blowing things up and saving mankind — we’d probably get bored eventually and ignore them. After all, we still have to go to work every day and pay the bills. That’s pretty much how it is for 17-year old Mikey and his sister Mel, and their bfs Henna and Jared. They just want to plow through the last month of high school and graduate except they are helplessly caught up in their teen soap opera. Mikey is OCD and pines for Henna’s affection but she has a crush on the suspicious new guy. (Who changes schools a month before graduation?) Mel is a late bloomer recovering from bulimia. Both Mikey and Mel are recovering from their overbearing politician-for-a-mother and alcoholic father. And then there’s everybody’s bf Jared. He’s hiding something big that involves cats and mountain lions.

Meanwhile Satchel – the Katniss Everdeen of this particular Chosen Ones episode – must defeat the Messenger of the Immortals and close the Immortal Crux to save the world. But the Messenger is more powerful than Satchel and indie kids are literally dying to rescue her. An epic battle unfolds one short paragraph at a time at the beginning of each chapter.

So, as if they didn’t have enough to deal with, the so-called normal kids have to put up with herds of zombie deer and cops with blue lights for eyes. And through all the weirdness, the explosions, and the disappearing indie kids, the adults just shake their heads and blame suicide and ruptured gas mains, like the Chosen Ones aren’t even real and the world isn’t constantly on the brink of disaster. Awkward ordinary teens collide with fumbling newbie superheroes in this parody of two genres. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a hilarious comedy with heart and soul – and superheroes. So much fun you’ll read it twice.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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