Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

therestofusGenre: Ya | contemporary | fantasy
Goodreads rating: 3.79
My rating:  ★★★★


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 (Goodreads).


LOVE LOVE LOVE the concept. I can’t be the only one who while reading/watching stories about the chosen ones and apocalypses and all that fun stuff what the normal kids are doing right? I absolutely adore headcanons about the stuff the regular Hogwarts students get up to while Harry, Ron and Hermione are solving mysteries and breaking like a hundred school rules. And what did the rest of Sunnydale got up to while the Scooby Gang was fighting vamps?

So obviously the moment I heard of this book I knew I needed it. Then I finished the Chaos Walking trilogy last month and found the hardcover copy for a really cheap price at the American Book Center, so I definitely needed it then.

While it wasn’t a five stars read for me, as it didn’t really blow me away, I immensely enjoyed it. I loved the sassy little summaries at the beginning of each chapter about what the chosen ones (or the indie kids as they are referred to) were up to during that chapter. The characters were all interesting and complex, their relationships with each other were great to read about and it all felt so realistic. Well, except for the fantasy stuff that’s happening of course, but I really loved how that was incorporated in the normal kids’ story. It was there and played a pretty big part, as they were all scared, but in the end it was more of a contemporary and I really liked that twist.

I really wonder how I would’ve felt about this book if I hadn’t unconsciously compared it to the Chaos Walking trilogy. I really didn’t want to, but how could I not? My expectations were really high because of that trilogy, so while the writing was still amazing, I couldn’t help but give it four stars because it didn’t blow me away like the Chaos Walking trilogy did. That said, I still really recommend this of course! I didn’t even really have any problems with it, it’s just not a five star read for me.

Have you read this yet? And speaking of Patrick Ness, are you excited for Class? (the Doctor Who spin-off written by Patrick Ness. And when I say written, I mean written. He has written every episode so my expectations are HIGH) I really can’t wait for this show. I’m actually more excited for it than for original show (I still haven’t finished season nine woops) Let me know in the comments!