Category: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: 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.
Review: What a neat concept for a book. What about all those other people in these fantasy and action stories that live in the back ground? That have to clean up after the big fights and end of world scenes? I was super excited to read this as it was a different concept and a point of view from the other side, which is where I would be in one of these stories.
You meet Mikey who is the main character of the story. He has issues and a messed up family and seems so real. His problems are normal teen problems, like how is he going to get Henna to like him when they have been friends for so long. He’s also the furthest thing from a chosen one but has to compete with these people who are heroes and have adventures. You can feel his frustration and understand it. You just want to live life, but things keep happening (but not directly to you) that effect you in every way.
I also loved how at the beginning of each chapter you got a little update on what is happening to the “chosen ones”. It was funny and brief. I bet you could take all fantasy books and do this and you would still get the gist of what is actually happening.
My only downfall of this book was that when you found out what was happening with a few things I feel like I missed the clues in the book. I guess because it was such an easy read I missed some things along the way. On the upside of that, I will be reading it again at some point.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good story from the other point of view. It is also a good read for teens, not a lot of sex or graphic action, but enough to keep the teens interested. It was funny and great story and it will make me read more of Patrick Ness’s stories.