Mikey is just your average teenager – he hangs out with his friends every weekend and hopes that he has the courage to ask a girl to the prom at the end of the year . He and his friends have never been the ones to fight the zombies and the soul-eating ghosts – that’s up to a group of people called the “Indie Kids”. Mikey soon finds out that even if you are not the “Chosen One” you should still try to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
This book is unique because we get to hear from the people in the background as they watch the Indie Kids steal the limelight and save the day. At the beginning of each chapter there is a short epigraph to tell us what their latest task/quest is and exactly what they are up to. They reminded me of the protagonists in some YA novels – the names, the love stories, everything. As a reader I always wonder what kind of struggles the people in the background have to face in teen fiction, especially in dystopian novels where everyone is having problems with daily life.
Between the two Patrick Ness books that I have read, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I prefer the former only because the concept was more interesting. However, the writing style in both books was equally brilliant and combined some humour, romance and some really thought-provoking themes.
The story progressed well at a steady speed which meant that I didn’t feel like the story needed more at the end nor did I feel like it dragged on for too long.
Star rating : 4.5/5
Hi Alyssa, great post – its good to see the people in the background getting some attention. Talking about getting attention, did I see you at the Bath Literary Festival talking to the author himself? Must have been a great experience!