From the author of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.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 heFrom the author of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.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.
We Are the Ants From the author of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving Henry Denton has spent years being periodicall
Your entire sense of self worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe.But you don t.Because we are the ants.My first 5 stars of 2016 This book Seriously I hadn t read any of the author s other work I wasn t even sure that the premise promised a book I would like My curiosity was piqued when I saw the good critical reviews it was getting, but that has meant little in the past so I wasn t completely convincedBut it was so damn good The truth is, while I al [...]
I could paint you sometime I m afraid to ask what you see when you look at me You wouldn t believe me This was my second book by Shaun David Hutchinson and I loved it even than The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley It deals with several heavy topics like depression, Alzheimers, suicide and bullying, as well as science, family, love and friendship, a combination that works perfectly.Characters We are the Ants is very raw and real, and it has everything to do with its characters They are all broken s [...]
The universe may forget us but it doesn t matter Because we are the ants, and we ll keep marching on When people used to say to mewhat do you want to be when you grow up I d ALWAYS say astronaut In fact, I still want to be an astronaut I just don t think I will be unfortunately it turns out getting to space involves a shit ton of MATH and I don t do math very well But the point stands I am absolutely a SLUT for space What can I say, stars are pretty, planets intrigue me and I want to meet me som [...]
This is, my friends without any doubt the most unexpected and remarkable book I ve read this year and the year before, if I m being honest , soothing and yet poignant at the same time I feel as if I should wait and write a better review because let s face it, my midnight thoughts hardly come close to what this book deserves but I can t I m ecstatic and barely thinking straight as huge is its impact on me, and honestly I need to vent.As far as 5 stars ratings are concerned, mines are often of two [...]
4.5 This book was sold to me as a Teenage boy with a lot going on in his life is being abducted by aliens once in a while While this is true I would consider this book a contemporary dealing with suicide, mental illness and a lot A very moving book If you liked Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe , Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda or I ll Give You the Sun you need to pick this up
I m weird with alien books, mostly because I don t like it when they go weird and creepy and proby not sure if that s a real word , but this book even with the aliens in was amazing and not at all what I expected, I see why there are so many great reviews going around for this book This was my first experience reading a book by Shaun David Hutchinson and I doubt very much it will be my last, I feel like I ve been living under a rock for two years as I hadn t read We Are The Ants yet as that book [...]
Update from the book festivalShaun David Hutchinson read the first two pages of his book a room of about 50 people were laughing hysterically He is so realSo wonderful He says he has ADHD He was an average kid in school One of the themes in is books is that his main character is average who is presented with extraordinary things to do He wants to give the nerds a place to shine in the world His book We Are The Ants is really great So is this author Popularity is teenage heroin Kids who have tast [...]
The universe may forget us, but it doesn t matter Because we are the ants, and we ll keep marching on It s been a while since I gave a book 5 stars but not only that, it s been a while since I completely loved and adored it We Are the Ants is, without a doubt and with no hesitation, one of the greatest, most heartwarming books I have ever read It delivers a touching message but at the same time, it delivers humor around it It has scenes where you just want to curl up and cry because of the life [...]
This book deserved than 5 stars.I stayed up until nearly 2 00 a.m to finish this book and I cannot stop thinking about it Honestly, I read a good amount of YA fiction, and a lot of it is tremendously well written and emotionally evocative, but I ve not been this blown away by a book since I read Jandy Nelson s I ll Give You the Sun, which made my list of the best books I read in 2014 Seriously This one was brutal and absolutely beautiful Sometimes I think gravity may be death in disguise Other [...]
4 Stars We re not words, Henry, we re people Words are how others define us, but we can define ourselves any way we choose Dude, that ending messed me up.Our story revolves around Henry, a teenager with what can only be described as a shitty home life.So when Henry is given the option of letting the world end, or saving it at the press of a button he hesitates And the rest of what follows was a glorious expedition of character development, philosophy and profoundly unsettling questions Every cha [...]
4 to 4.5 starsWhile many of the elements of this book are recognizable as common to recent YA novels, there are several unique elements that make this book stand out as different Overall, a very enthralling book.Here are some of my thoughts Lots of great and interesting characters For me, all the people we meet in this story each play a big part in bringing it all together Also, everyone you meet takes a huge journey from page 1 to page 451 Maybe a bit heavy on the cynical melodrama lots of woe [...]
This book is so special At some parts it seems like every other YA contemporary, but then at some parts it s just so much Its touching, deep and really makes you feel I m so glad I didn t DNF this, which I was very close to doing What I loved the most about this book, is that it leaves you thinking and questioning your life It leaves a mark on you This book is about a boy named Henry His life is very fucked up His boyfriend commit suicide His brother is a college dropout who got his girlfriend [...]
another perfect LGBT book
Actual Rating 3.5 StarsBuddy read with Katherine
I finally started to write my review, and deleted everything I wrote sighs Review to come Again.
Maybe 4.5 stars We may not get to choose how we die, but we can choose how we live Well that was certainly a different kind of read It s familiar and new at the same time Even though the themes are very common bullying, mental illness, depression, broken family, search for identity and life s meaning, all these things were manipulated and twisted into something new when the author brilliantly thought of throwing in the element of science in the story The premise is actually pretty hilarious I wa [...]
We may not get to choose how we die, but we can chose how we live The universe may forget us, but it doesn t matter Because we are the ants, and we ll keep marching on Shaun David Hutchinson, We Are the Ants4.5 5Oh my gosh this book made me cry my eyes out I felt every emotion on the planet while reading it I m actually struggling to write this review because I don t know how to put my feelings into physical words Not only was the way the story unfolded different and interesting, so were the cha [...]
This was heavy.
TW Suicide, self harm mention , nihilism, severe bullying physical assault, attempted rapeThis book was refreshingly funny and raw and not the type of male narrative that s too crude or uncomfortable However, the it went on, the flaws I began to notice.First of all, I loved Henry s story It s a mental health plot confined in this weird sci fi contemporary hybrid, and even though it s really open ended, it somehow works I like the philosophy of Is the world worth saving from the perspective of [...]
First and foremost, I want to thank my beautiful Lia for roundabout recommending this book to me You said you were terrible at recommendations and I ve got to say, that couldn t be further from the truth I will never be the same.Every page of this book is beautiful and heartbreaking and real It forces you to take a long hard look at your life and reexamine what you are doing with the precious time that you have on this planet and who you choose to spend it with, that the only choice we really ha [...]
The stars are liable to become three I guess I ll see how the novel sediments in my mind in the next days Some ten days later, the stars did become three 3.5 We re not words, Henry, we re people In my humble opinion, We Are the Ants won over so many hearts thank to the concept if an apparently omnipotent alien race told you you could save the planet from complete destruction which will occur in about five months simply by pushing a button and with no consequences for your person, would you push [...]
friends I wish I had fallen in love with We Are the Ants It has all the makings of a magical novel characters of diverse sexuality and race, a focus on mental health, and some interesting tidbits of science fiction But I could not immerse myself in this book because I felt Shaun David Hutchinson s presence within its pages.Before I elaborate on that, I want to praise certain characteristics of We Are the Ants I appreciated Henry s nontraditional family, his healthy friendship with Audrey who I l [...]
I adored this book While Henry s experiences are vastly different from things I went through during high school, his feelings and the way he described his emotions made me feel like I was 17 and discovering myself all over again It was so authentically teenage I really, really loved this.
When All Else Fails, Write A Letter.Dear Shaun, My love for you is like diarrhea, I just can t keep it in Are you familiar with corny pick up lines If not, what rock have you been living under, and if so, whattt abouttt this one Damn boo, does your feet hurt, because you ve been running through my mind all day Or what about Are you google Because I ve just found what I was looking for They both ring a bell right Well not to sound like the ultimate creep, but this is exactly how I feel about you [...]
3.5 stars I really thought this would be a 5 star read but it lost me a bit towards the end Really this was a book about depression, bereavement, struggling with life s ups and downs and self discovery Personally I could have done with of the sluggers.The characters in this were great I particularly loved Nana Overall I think the balance was just a little skewed The angst all got a bit much and a bit boring towards the end.The most enlightening theme of this for me was the bullying and cruelty [...]
Excuse me while I go cry in a corner.
Your entire sense of self worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe But you don t Because we are the ants Holy shit you guys, this book just changed my life I think This book just reminded me why I love reading and why I read books I don t even know how to properly review this incredible book the premise of this story sounds ridiculous a teenage boy Henry is abducted by aliens and the aliens tell him the world is coming to an end, but he has the chance [...]
If the world was going to end and I could push a button to save it, I would read this book instead.We Are the Ants is a page turner, but with the right amount of depth to be really enjoyable but also impactful.It s equal parts The Catcher and the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower Like those stories, it lives or dies by how much you appreciate the narrator s voice For me, it embodied teenage angst like I ve always wanted to read but hadn t ever yet The protagonist is pissed off and depresse [...]
I need time to process this fantastic book before reviewing it, but let me tell you it break my heart in the best way possible