Author: Patrick Ness.
Published: October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen.
Source: eARC from the publisher on Edelweiss.
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 worshiped by mountain lions.
This book features a cast of several people, but Mickey is the protagonist. He suffers from a severe form of OCD, where he has to count and touch things until it feels good. He has a sister Mel who recently battled anorexia, a best (gay) friend Jared and there is Henna, the (African) girl he secretly fancies. As you can see, they are a diverse bunch of ordinary people who have to conquer their own problems in life. That means it is up to the Indie kids to save the day when Aliens try to find new Vessels. These Indie kids get their own part in the story, because every chapter starts with a short summary of what happened with them. I love how this was interwoven with Mickey’s story.
The city is unaware of the supernatural situations. The adults are aware of strange occurrences, but they seem to be blind for what is truly going on. Last time there was an attack by vampires, this time the Chosen ones have to defeat Aliens. That is not Mickey’s problem, though. He is busy with graduation and the future. Will he still be best friends with Jared? Will he finally be brave enough to talk to Henna about his feelings for her? Is he able to keep is two sisters save?
It was not hard to connect to Mickey and his 'ordinary' life and issues. It was great to finally read a book about someone normal. He is not gifted or special in any way. He makes mistakes and he worries about the same ordinary things as any other teenager. I also love how Patrick Ness included a gay character without making a lot of fuss about it. It doesn’t define Jared as a character, it’s just part of who he is. Also the fact that Mickey hooked up at one point with Jared, because of curiosity was something I appreciated.
I already found out that Patrick Ness has a wonderful writing-style when I read More than this, but this book was so much better to me. It has a solid ending and it’s a more straight-forward story. The last thing I want to share is this quote that Patrick wrote in his introduction, because it’s so true:
Do we get to be the heroes and heroines of our own lives? Maybe with small Hs? Aren't the things we do kind of extraordinary, too? Isn't loving our friends and making your own decisions kind of amazing? I think so.