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Review: We Are the Ants

March 25, 2016

We Are the Ants

The universe may forget us, but it doesn’t matter.  Because we are the ants, and we’ll keep marching on.

Things aren’t so great for Henry right now.  His father’s left his family and he thinks it’s because of him, his boyfriend committed suicide and he still struggles with the grief, and his brother told everyone that he’s being abducted by aliens and now the whole school calls him Space Boy.  Not to mention his science grade, his grandmother’s dementia, and his brother’s pregnant girlfriend.

Speaking of the aliens, they’ve given Henry 144 days to decide if he wants to save the world or not.  He’s beginning to think it’s not worth saving – can his friends and family convince him otherwise before it’s too late?

A sweet young lady I know loved We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson and recommended it to me so I grabbed a copy from the library.  The story is told from Henry’s perspective and he’s a great character – he’s kind and loyal as well as hurt and confused.  He’s not in a good place after the suicide of his boyfriend and he’s trying to put his life back together.  And now, some stupid aliens have picked him to abduct.  They tell him he can save the world, but does he want to?

I thought We Are the Ants was a little edgy and a little raunchy so Henry’s voice felt authentic to me.  Hutchinson’s writing is engaging and the book is full of emotion and made me angry at times but also made me laugh a time or two.  I thought the author introduced too many issues so I didn’t enjoy it as much as my friend did but, since she’s the target audience, her thoughts are probably more valid than mine.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2016 5:42 am

    It does sound pretty interesting

  2. March 25, 2016 6:24 am

    I agree sometimes authors overdo it with loading up the number of issues, but still, I guess it’s good these things are finally getting included in books, especially for kids!

  3. March 25, 2016 9:28 am

    I love how you will read a book suggested by a young friend. You keep up on YA and Middle grade reads and I am sad that I don’t spend enough time doing that. You can be my muse…OR my advisor when it comes to YA book selections.

  4. March 25, 2016 11:21 am

    This sounds like a fun thought provoking read for the right fans.

  5. March 25, 2016 3:31 pm

    I can imagine how it would be raunchier with a boy protagonist. I like books that tackle a lot of issues if it is done well.

  6. Patty permalink
    March 25, 2016 6:43 pm

    I love love love books like this one!

  7. March 26, 2016 12:43 am

    Kathy, I enjoyed your honest review. It sounds like an interesting book. 🙂 Have a lovely Easter!

  8. March 26, 2016 5:01 am

    It sounds interesting. I am surely adding it to my TBR. Thank you for writing about this. 🙂

  9. Diane permalink
    March 26, 2016 8:40 am

    Your review makes me very curious Kathy. Sounds a bit different.

  10. March 26, 2016 11:12 am

    Well, this is definitely an interesting premise for a book. I’m not sure I would like it but I can think of several kids at school who probably would, so I’ll be sure to tell them about it!

  11. March 27, 2016 4:30 pm

    I’ve been really really intrigued by this one and it’s on my wishlist. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it and thought the voice authentic, even if it didn’t worked perfectly for you.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2016 6:10 pm

    Well I guess you weren’t really the target audience, right?

  13. March 31, 2016 9:37 am

    Looks edgy but not for me 🙂

  14. Ryan permalink
    April 3, 2016 11:45 pm

    Not normally a YA fan, but this sounds intriguing. I may have to try it sometime.

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