• Anna-Roisin Ullman-Smith

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness

Updated: Feb 17

The way this novel is written alone will astonish readers. Ness has a talent for taking reality and bending it to his will, and that is no different in this, his latest novel.





Each chapter opens with a tantalising glimpse of the action, in a magical side to this world, however it is but a taste of the action packed story he could have written.


Rather instead, Ness has chosen to write about characters who are, in this world, quiet normal, living normal lives and dealing with issues that many of us can relate to. It is a fantastic throw on the fiction-novel, taking the idea that everyone’s story is worth telling, not just the stories of those who live the action.


In this jaw-dropping novel we are Mickey, a young man who just wants to graduate and go to prom before someone goes and blows up his high school, again.


For Mickey there are problems that are bigger than this week’s end of the world, there is extraordinary in his life.


Though Mickey’s life is not completely ordinary, his best friend is the God of mountain lions.

Although, obviously, Ness has created a world very different from the one we know, he has filled it with reality. We are drawn in by the things we know and recognise, which makes this book feel so real and tangible. The magic and the wonder is really second to the real and the beautiful which this novel brings to light.


We Give The Rest Of Us Just Live Here Four Stars




ISBN – 978-1-4063-3116-5 Cover price (hard back) - £12.99

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