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We Are the Ants Hardcover – 19 January 2016
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (19 January 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 148144963X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481449632
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.56 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 88,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Despite the pretty out there premise of the alien abductions, We Are the Ants is mostly a high school coming of age story. It’s pretty dark and brutal at times, more so than average. Henry is dealing with a lot of things, and has an understandably bleak outlook on life. His voice is really distinctive, veering from alienated distance to dark humour. The voice was really the first thing to grab me about the novel. Henry definitely serves up a whole heap of existential angst along the way, as he tries to negotiate his increasingly desperate life, and feelings of self-loathing. There were a few shocks in the story, as Henry punishes himself for his perceived failings with his late boyfriend, or is punished by others or by circumstance. When a new student, Diego Vega, befriends him, he’s really in no state to embark on a new relationship.
There’s a lot going on in this novel, and Hutchinson does justice to the varied complex issues covered, particularly the family’s financial hardship and the various problems that arise from that. There’s really no let up for Henry. (Trigger warnings for bullying, sexual assault and attempted rape.)
It’s a good book. But I was a little disappointed in the ending. It didn’t quite satisfy as a pay-off to all that angst and trauma. And not because it wasn’t a happy ending. It just had too much ambiguity for me, given the novel set-up. However, even given the ending (which I don’t want to spoiler), We Are the Ants is definitely worth a look.
Shuan David Hutchinson is a fantastic writer with a great understanding of how complicatd life is and how we are all so different one from another.
5 star reads and defenely raccomad reading this books - it will not disappoint you!!
absolutely loved this book.
it was an incredible reading of loss and how a teenager in particular deal with the death
of a loved one particularly a violent death,
it was really a great book.