The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Written by Patrick Ness

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LoveReading View on The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.  Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power to reveal truths, particularly about teenage lives. As one band of teenagers – those special ‘indie kids’ familiar from so many YA novels – battle to save the world from the Immortals, the main plot of the novel concerns another group of young people. Mikey is getting through his teenage years with the help of his friends and by focusing on graduating and leaving home.  He also wants to declare his love for his friend Henna. It’s enough for anyone to cope with, the possibility of someone blowing up school only adds to his problems.  The indie kids’ story is told entirely in chapter head summaries, the real drama is Mikey’s, and of course his story means the most to the rest of us. Original, funny, true, it can only be Patrick Ness. ~ Andrea Reece

One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 - September 2015 Book of the Month  

The Rest of Us Just Live Here Synopsis

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey?

What if you just want 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 might just be the God of mountain lions...

The Rest of Us Just Live Here Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Simon Marshall, age 15 - 'Totally original, just what we’ve come to expect from the brilliant Patrick Ness.'
  • Danielle Shepherd, age 18 - 'Mystical, magical and absolutely thrilling.'
  • Lauren Coffman, age 15 - 'It was thrilling and exciting, and though it was about a world not like ours, it was still easy to connect to the characters.'
  • Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'This may be the oddest book I have read for a while, but certainly the most interesting and relatable one.
    I love it.'
  • Emily Kinder - 'Patrick Ness has created something new and fascinating, and it's amazing.'
  • Bethan Scarr, age 14 - 'Any fan of Patrick Ness will not be disappointed.  A compelling read, with characters so real that you feel that you know them.'
  • Emma Hughes - 'A story full of mystery and love, and adds to Patrick Ness' number of brilliant novels.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you are a fan of Patrick Ness then this is a must read!'
  • Farah Alam - 'My first Patrick Ness novel, and it was ok.'
  • Rose Heathcote, age 16 - 'It does
    cover important issues that can affect teenagers like anorexia and OCD and the way it could affect somebody’s life, this part of the book is written very well.'
  • Chloe Shortall, age 19 - 'I really enjoyed this novel. It’s fun and clever, with a fantastic plotline and wonderful plot twists. I would definitely recommend this book.'
  • Cliona McKeown-Bittles, age 17 - 'An honest and real take on the issues of ordinary life paralleled with the life threatening and suspenseful extraordinary existence.'
  • Ella Grabsky, age 15 - 'A wonderful tale about learning it's ok not to be perfect. This book had me gripped from the first page to the last.'

The Rest of Us Just Live Here Press Reviews

Reviews for A Monster Calls

'exceptional.. this is storytelling as it should be - harrowing, lyrical and transcendent.' Meg Rosoff

"[It] has the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy. It's also easy to trace Dowd's influence ... an extraordinarily beautiful book" Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Guardian

"Ness, like Dowd, is a brilliant and acclaimed creator of books for older children and young adults, but the two novelists' voices, their concerns, their styles, are quite different. Many people – myself included – thought this a peculiar piece of casting. Well, shows how much I know ... Brave and beautiful, full of compassion, A Monster Calls fuses the painful and insightful, the simple and profound. The result trembles with life." Daniel Hahn, The Independent

"Stunningly illustrated, this haunting and demanding book shines with compassion, insight and flashes of humour and is a collaboration that highlights the exceptional talents of Ness, Dowd and Kay. A worthy tribute." Sally Morris, Daily Mail

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406365566
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406331165
Publication date: 27/08/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406331165
Publication date: 27th August 2015
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children

About Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California. His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American ...

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