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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutcherson

 

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Publication Date: January 19th 2016

Goodreads Synopsis

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.

Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

My Rating: Lots of ⭐’s

“Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest. It’s one bloody fray after another.”

This book follows Henry who needs and deserves all the love in the world.

He’s a boy who’s been abducted by aliens many times throughout his life and is given the choice to stop the world from ending just from pushing a button. Excpet he doesn’t want to stop it.

Henry’s dad left, his boyfriend committed suicide, he’s kind of dating someone on the down low at school but in public the guy bully’s him and a whole lot of other stuff is happening in Henrys life.

This is an emotional story showing Henry going through his life trying to decide whether or not to press the button.

I picked this up on Riveted.com for free having seen this around Goodreads and it popping up in my Amazon quite often. I’m not exactly a science fiction reader, it’s definitely not my preferred genre and that’s what I assumed this would be about so I was hesitant going into this and was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.

This definitely is not science fiction. This is a book that really hits you hard and really makes you think.

Even months later I still find myself coming back to this book.

I definitely want to buy a physical copy of We Are The Ants (eventually) and I definitely want to re-read and check out some more of Shaun David Hutcherson’s other works.

Trigger warning for sexual assault, depression, suicide.

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