Number of pages: 336
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 1
The Rest of Us Just Live Here had such an interesting concept; what happens to the regular people while the chosen ones are off destroying buildings in order to save the world? However, there are two major problems with The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Firstly, this interesting concept is really poorly executed, and secondly, there is a reason no one writes books about the everyday lives of your average person.
I think Patrick Ness learned early in the writing process that a book about average people would be really boring. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is written with virtually only half of the first chapter following the concept detailed in the blurb. Instead of a book about the average kids, we get a book about the average kids obsessing over the chosen ones. One of the average kids isn’t even an average kid. The entire idea this book hinged on was basically thrown away after a few chapters.
Mikey is also one the biggest unreliable narrators I have ever read about. He repeatedly tells the reader that he is selecting what he tells us, which doesn’t impress me for two reasons. One, Mikey has some form of OCD, so this is just lazy mental illness representation, as Mikey completely leaves out what goes through his brain when he experiences his “loops” as he calls them, and two, Mikey comes off as not the nicest person, which makes me concerned about what he left out.
The best element of this book were the snippets detailing what the “indie kids” were doing, and frankly, they weren’t very interesting. Fantastic, it’s poking fun at the stereotypical YA book, but I don’t even really see the type of books it’s making fun of anymore. In fact, there has been a distinct lack of paranormal fantasy books set in the modern world of late. Maybe I’m just good at avoiding them, but paranormal fantasy tends to stick to fantasy settings now. YA books have evolved a fair bit from the Twilights and The Mortal Instruments of ten years ago.
Overall, The Rest of Us Just Live Here had an interesting concept, but it was poorly executed, earning it 1 star out of 5.