Well that was a strange and interesting adventure.
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.
We’ve all read those stories before: small town kid lives a normal life until the big bad comes to town hell bent on destroying the world. Then we spend 300 or so pages watching as our hero becomes a warrior and saves everyone from a horrible death. It’s a nice story usually filled with some epic action sequences and some sweet teen romance – this is not one of those stories. Instead, while the world is falling apart in the background, our trusty narrators are a group of friends who are just trying to survive their teen years; they are not the Chosen Ones.
It took me a little while to get my head around this type of story because I wasn’t used to the narrative but once I dove in, I really loved Mikey and is mundane friends. I say mundane in the sense that they were hardly extraordinary in relation to the poor kids who were the Chosen Ones that kept showing up dead (also because I have been marathoning The Mortal Instruments series and it is a staple in my vocab now – sorry, not sorry!).
I think Ness did a great job of cementing these kids as your run of the mill teens by giving them relatable issues: family drama, eating disorders, OCD, first love, secret (or not so secret) crushes etc. I guess the only character who was out of the ordinary – and who was my favourite – would be Jared who is loved by the feline community on a supernatural level.
While Mikey and his friends are chilling out and living life, we get to see excerpts of what the heroes are up to – basically trying to stop everything from turning to shit! In typical fashion, there is betrayal, possession, explosions, sacrifices and secret weapons.
Final note: I mean, can Patrick Ness even write a bad book?
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