Ebook, 455 Pages
YA/ Contemporary/ Paranormal
By: Shaun David Hutchinson
Rating: 🌟🌟 1/2
“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.”
We Are the Ants is one of the oldest books on my shelf. I went back and forth about reading it before I decided to finally do it this month. I am giving it 2.5 stars which is 50% liked it and 50% didn’t.
So the story is about Henry who is abducted by aliens and he has the option to press a button and save the world or make it explode. This was kind of a problem for me because it is a contemporary story and the alien part did nit made sense. Like it could be paranormal or sci-fi but I think we could have done without.
The second problem is that I felt I have read this story multiple times before and this did not add much to my plate. The only difference was the aliens part which I can’t say that I was a big fan of. Other than that, it is a story with a broken main character, Henry is juggling a lot in his life between his BF who committed suicide, his brother who is jobless, his father who left them , his grandma with Alzheimer. I felt the author tried to put everything sad into his book and I think it is a way to manipulate readers to like the book because you will feel bad if you did not sympathize with the characters but I am sorry, I just couldn’t care much about the characters. There are even more depressing things going on and I was like what’s the point any more?
Henry was not a character that I liked. He seemed to be dramatic and we get a lot of telling rather than showing which makes it even harder to connect to the characters. I did not like how he was attracted to his abuser and stayed away from is new nice friend because he was still grieving and that made him have double standards for me which I hate. The secondary characters were all better which made it easier to read. I also don’t know why the author is so obsessed with sex and masturbation specially at the start which is not realistic and if it was a trial to sound comedic then it failed for me. see this description of Henry’s brother doing it:
“Every night we all had to lie still and pretend we couldn’t hear Charlie polishing his rifle in the overhead bunk.”
The writing also gave me mixed feelings between trying to sound too philosophical and deep to quotes I genuinely enjoyed. There was a lot of scientific facts that Henry told us about and it sounded so smart that I found it stupid. I don’t think a teenager as Henry could have known all that.
The book tried to discuss too many subjects at once and I think it struggled to do so as a result. I like the central message it was conveying and there was something gripping that made me want to know what happens at the end and I did like the end but other than that I don’t believe the subjects were fairly discussed because there were a ton of these.
“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.”
Summary: I really wanted to like this one but there were equally reasons to hate it as much there were to like it. I like the message, the thriller part and the secondary characters. I didn’t like the main character, part of the writing and the plot. I guess it was an Okay read overall and I am glad I am no longer curious to what is it about!!