A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
Summary – 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 worshipped by mountain lions.
Initial Thoughts – I LOVED this book. The characters, the themes, the plot, I loved the IDEA of it. It was just perfect.
Plot – ★★★★★ This story follows the secondary characters of a fantasy novel in which the “Indie Kids” fight off a strange blue light. At the beginning of each chapter, there was a short segment that explained what was happening to the Indie Kids, but otherwise the events affect the main characters here only a little. This follows Mikey as he struggles with anxiety, the stress of his mother’s political campaign, and many issues with his friends and the future.
Characters – ★★★★★ The characters were real people with real problems and easy to relate to. Mikey’s narrative was honest and hilarious.
Story world – ★★★★★ I loved all the references to famous YA literature that were woven into the story world. The past of vampires and zombies taking over the school or the indie kids who had names like “Flynn or Dylan or Satchel”.
Style – ★★★★★ Ness has the lovely style that’s light hearted and hilarious, yet manages to speak honestly and seriously about important issues. It was perfect for the ups and downs of this novel.
Closing Thoughts – I want more of this. I need a series, a sequel, even a novella. I just need more. I highly, highly recommend this novel to everyone who loves YA.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of satire, important issues, and great characters.