We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
“We can choose to sit on our asses and wait for the end or we can live right now. We can march to the edge of the void and scream in defiance. Yell out for all to hear that we do matter. That we are still here, living our absurd, bullshit lives, and nothing can take that away from us. Not rogue comets, not black holes, not the heat death of the universe. We may not get to choose how we die, but we can choose how we live.”
So here we are, January 6th and I honestly don’t believe I will read a better book this year. I had never heard of this book before but I was scrolling through Scribd seeing if anything new was added and this popped up. I’ll be honest, the cover caught my eye. I wasn’t sure was I was expecting when I started this book, but this book completely destroyed me.
If you knew the world was ending and could prevent it, would you? This is a story about a high school kid named Henry who is repeatedly abducted by aliens. They communicate with him that Earth will be destroyed unless he hits this big red button. You could say his life hasn’t been easy. His boyfriend hung himself, his father left when he was a kid, his grandma is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s and he is constantly tormented in school. Would be a pretty easy decision for him to just let the world burn.
This sounds kinda cheesy with the aliens and what not. But this book became more than alien abduction and whether or not the world deserves to continue. This book was about how you can’t live in the past. Your history makes up who you are but not who you become. I was enthralled by this book from the beginning. It hard quirky, dark humor. Loss. Love. Heartbreak. Horror. It had everything I could want in a book wrapped in a beautifully written package.
I’m so glad I stumbled across this book and I will be hard-pressed in finding a book that tops it any time soon. I honestly am having trouble completely putting my thoughts into words on this book. It truly was a wonderful read. Don’t let the alien thing deter you from giving this a try. While the potential end of the world is a big theme throughout the entire book, the alien part isn’t so much.
Just trust me. Go read this. You won’t regret it.