The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness

IMG_1165They’ve always got some story going on that they’re heroes of. The rest of us just have to life here, hovering around the edges, left out of it all, for the most part.

Imagine your friends and you are graduating from high school, but the world around you gets totally mixed up.

This is the general situation, Michael and his sister Mel, friends Henna and Jared have to face. The book takes place in a fictitious world of vampires, immortals and „Chosen Ones“. You might think this book could be boring, because of this, but it’s unlike similar books, because you don’t read the story of a vampire or an other supernatural creature, but of normal people, living a normal life in such a world where things happen they can’t neither understand nor the have influence on.

 

In the beginning you already kinda get the idea, there is something coming up. Indie Kids are dying and get hunted by mysterious clouds. Then all of a sudden there are creepy blue eyes, that seem to come out of nowhere.

Besides these supernatural problems our main characters have to face „normal“ problems, like making up plans what to do after graduation or private problems in our families.

In my opinion this is really a strength of the book to tell this fantastic story of growing up, graduating, finding your role in society and the immense power of friendship without getting corny.

 

The language is really good to handle. Even if you are going to „zweijährige Berufsfachschule“ you shouldn’t have problems reading and understanding the book.

 

To conclude my review on the book, I think it is absolutely worth reading it. The story is well made up and the characters are totally amiable. The idea of writing a fantasy novel from a different point of view is absolutely stunning. And the most exciting thing of the book itself: it glows in the dark. If this argument isn’t convincing you, I don’t know whats wrong…

 

Johannes

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