The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Audiobook Review



Title: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

my thoughts

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.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

my thoughts

I’m torn. I ‘read’ audiobook version of this book and I enjoyed it. Not the book per se but the way the story was read by the reader. The book itself is not bad, but it’s not something very remarkable either. Although there were a few things that I liked about it.

One of them is how normal the kids in this book are. They were high schoolers and they strive to finish high school with as much normalcy they could muster. To the point of being shallow. Or at least, that’s how they’d probably appear to other people. Because, who would care about prom when something like death is happening around you? But then, I see this kids the way some of us are when we were their age. I don’t mean being obsess with prom when there are more important matters out their. I mean, the days when we felt as though we know a lot only to realize later on how naive we were back then. And I like that about this story. Because really, high school is the age where some of us thought that nothing was more important that being able to fit in, tell your feelings to the guy/gal you like and well, prom.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m listening to it and not really reading it, but I don’t fully understand what the ‘indie kids’ exactly were. And I didn’t follow their story either told in the beginning of each chapter. Before the next chapter was read, I already forgot what the introduction was in the previous chapter making it hard for me to make a connection.

And for something that is sort of paranormal in nature, this book is a little bland. I’m not sure I’d enjoyed it as much as I did if I read it instead of listening to it. But just like I said in the first parangraph, I enjoyed this book very much. For me, narrator was really good in giving life and feeling to the dialogues.


Audio Rating – four star

Story Rating – 3-stars-out-of-5

Over-all rating: 3.5-stars

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