I hope you’ve all had an amazing day. So you might have (but probably didn’t) realise that there was no blog post from me last week. I’ve been very busy with work for school at the moment and so I didn’t have time to blog- but I’m back now!
This week I want to talk about I book I read quite a while ago but is still one of my favourite recommendations.
We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson is a YA sci-fi contemporary novel that poses the question- If you could end the world, would you? Henry has been through a lot in his life and things don’t seem to ever be getting better for him. Then he meets Diego who gives him a reason to save the world he wants to destroy. This book follows alien abductions, high school house parties and a grandma so cute you actually wish you knew her in real life.
On the surface many people might deem this book as a semi-unorginal story about another teen who has depression. In reality it is so much more. Our main character is gay but him being gay isn’t the entire plot. Whilst reading this I was genuinely so happy that Hutchinson was able to tell a story that involved so many different elements and not just focus on his hero being a member of the LGBTQ community. I feel like Hutchinson is helping to normalise being gay for teens in a really simple and effective way through this book because we get to learn about Henry not through a closeted-boy lens but through a regular teenager lens.
Aside from the amazing LGBTQ forward message Hutchinson also weaves together a fast paced plot with lovable characters that is, in my opinion, incredibly unique. The love in this book is addictive and real like it should be and all of the cast are just imperfect enough to feel like actual human beings.
I have not read anything like We Are The Ants in years and I wholeheartedly recommend it to every single one of you regardless of sexuality, age and gender.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Keep on reading!
And thanks again Beth