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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

I don’t think I am emotionally ready for this, but here goes nothing.

We Are the Ants. What a book.

We Are the Ants follows the story of Henry “Space Boy” Denton in his troubled life. His dad left, his boyfriend killed himself, his brother seems to hate him, his grandma is fighting a battle with Alzheimer’s, his mom is too busy taking care of everyone else to notice, he is being bullied and harassed at school, he has no one….and he is periodically abducted by aliens. These aliens have, for unknown reasons, have trusted him with the fate of the earth– literally. Henry is given the option to press a button, or the world will end in 144 days. No pressure.

Ya know, most people would hear their options and hit the button immediately, no questions asked. Henry isn’t most people. Why save a world that is going to destroy itself anyways?

Throughout the next 144 days, Henry does not go on a search for meaning or for a sign that the world should be saved; instead, he takes comfort knowing that it will all be over on January 29, 2016. Before this happens however, he does stumble upon an old friend in search of forgiveness, a new boy with a zeal for life, and sense of self he hasn’t felt since Jesse died…but that doesn’t mean he’s going to press the button.

OOooh HOW FREAKING GOOD DOES THAT SOUND???

note: TRIGGER WARNING FOR: SEXUAL ASSAULT, SUICIDE, DEPRESSION, BULLYING, HOMOPHOBIA, PHYSICAL ABUSE, ETC. 

Okay, now my thoughts (God, let’s hope I can get through this).

I’m just going to start off by saying that this is my new favorite book of all time and I have the intention of getting a tattoo for it, so there’s that.

The first 3 pages, AMAZING. Literally, I read the first 3 pages and instantly fell in love. I have never felt so seen by a book, ever.

The writing style? BEAUTIFUL. I WROTE DOWN SO MANY QUOTES THAT I LOVE MORE THAN LIFE.

The characters? All so unique.

Henry: is just wow and a half. He was drowning in self-pity (granted, it’s understandable), but he was doing anything he could to feel something, which I relate to entirely. Henry was a depressed kid with no outlet to deal with it because he needed to be okay for his mom. He was being harassed and tormented and trying to distract himself from the hell that was his life AND THIS WAS BEFORE THE ALIENS. He was just so relatable and wow.

Zooey: total side character yet was the heart and the light of the book. she was the person that everyone needs. 11/10 would recommend.

Audrey: good friend despite her own issues and Henry constantly pushing her away. Always there for him even when he didn’t want her.

DIEGO FUCKING VEGA: what. an. angel. would do anything for those he loves regardless of consequence. perfect badass lowkey soft boy artist with an appreciation for life and all the beauty in the world. ALSO LATINX PANSEXUAL LOVE INTEREST???? LOVE THAT! I would die for this boy.

Marcus: if I could punch a character, I would. he is scum. I understand he doesn’t know what he wants and he’s dealing with his own struggles and blah blah blah, but it gives him NO RIGHT TO ACT HOW HE DOES (which I’m sure everyone can agree with, but still).

The plot? I’m going to be honest, it dragged in some parts. That’s okay though. That’s life. Overall, the plot was still enticing and kept me hooked so no complaints.

I read this at the most perfect moment in my life, and I am eternally grateful I happened to pick it up.

five stars. if i could give it more, i would.

ej

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