The Rest of Us Just Live Here Summary and Reviews

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

by Patrick Ness

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"Ness' deadpan sci-fi novel pokes fun at far-fetched futuristic fantasies while emphasizing the important victories of merely living."

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.

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"Starred Review. Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Ness' deadpan sci-fi novel pokes fun at far-fetched futuristic fantasies while emphasizing the important victories of merely living. This memorable, moving, and often hilarious read is sure to be a hit." - Booklist

"In this often-hilarious (and just as often poignant) parody of fantasy stories from Harry's to Buffy's, not everyone is a Chosen One, but "everyone's got something"; everybody matters." - Horn Book Magazine

"The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the antidote to all things formulaic: it's meta, playful, wise and true--and clever-as-hell." - Emily M. Danforth, author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post

"Magical, mysterious and breathtakingly suspenseful, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is an absolute marvel of imagination, invention, and heart. I truly couldn't put it down - proof, once again, that Ness never disappoints." - Michael Cart, author of My Father's Scar

"Hilarious! And so, so clever. All the characters are beautifully drawn. This is one smart, warm book, both entertaining and thought-provoking." - Monica Edinger

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Amanda Giroux

It was Good
I liked this book but I would give it a 4/5 starts because it was hard to get into. I think most people would like it but it was hard for me to do this for a book report. Maybe it would be nice for some light reading. :)

Evie

It was ok
I love Patrick Ness and his books, but this one was a bit disappointing. It was a bit random and hard to get into. The ending was very expected and didn't interest me, which is a shame.

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Patrick Ness is the author of ten novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, Release, and And The Ocean Was Our Sky. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London.

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