Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book Review: We Are the Ants

Title We Are the Ants
Author Shaun David Hutchinson
Release Date January 19, 2016

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

Wow. Just wow. This book took any expectations I had and blew them away. Anything that I could have possibly wanted from this book pales in comparison to what it actually was. We Are the Ants is simply fantastic.

This is my first book by Shaun David Hutchinson. I'll be honest, the bar is set pretty freaking high for him now. I almost don't want to read anything else he's written for fear that it won't be as spectacular as this, but I also don't want to deprive myself of another amazing book.

I had some reservations when deciding whether or not I wanted to read this. First, aliens? Eh, while sci-fi is fine every once in a while, it's not exactly my genre of choice. Is this book supposed to be funny? Is a romance? I was just curious as to what was in store for me.

We Are the Ants is a beautiful story. I almost feel weird saying that, but that's the best way I can describe how I feel about it. It was heartbreaking and dark. It wasn't rainbows and sunshine, but it was real life. It was funny and heartwarming. It is a remarkable book.

There's aliens, but it's not sci-fi. There's some love, but it's not a romance. It's a story about how messy life is and the end of the world.

We Are the Ants... It's a story that I fell in love with.


5 out of 5 stars

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