We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants

eBook - 2016
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From the "author to watch" ( Kirkus Reviews ) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes an "equal parts sarcastic and profound" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review) novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn't sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn't been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer's. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend's suicide last year.

Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it...or let the world--and his pain--be destroyed forever.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2016.
ISBN: 9781481449656
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Andrew reviewed this twisty science fiction story for the Vlog Squad in February 2016.


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hannmsha
Apr 22, 2018

Holy s***. This book is everything As soon as I opened the book I knew this book was made for me. Upon finishing it, I still feel the same. No, really, this book must have been specifically tailored to become my all-time-favorite book. Gosh. I don't even know where to start. It was so good, so perfect. This book is going to stick with me for the rest of my life.

The writing is amazing. It works for me so well, I just love love love it. The characters are all so real and fleshed out, they all had their own stories, their own detailed lives. They were all flawed but I genuinely loved every single one of them. I related to Henry a lot. I saw a ton of myself in him, which definitely really helped me become completely immersed in the book.

The ending was perfect, I couldn't have asked for more. It's relatively ambiguous, the perfect mix of optimism and nihilism and I just love it. The book is devastating and excellent from beginning to end, and I am keeping my eye on this author and will eagerly read anything and everything else he writes.

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LZAYTSEVA
Apr 16, 2018

I would definitely recommend this book! It is so interesting! I was on the edge of the chair while reading it, I couldn’t put the book down. I cried on some parts but it was just so good. Everyone who is debating on reading it or not; I say read it your gonna love it.

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Mar 28, 2018

Henry Denton, a boy that since the age of thirteen has been abducted by Aliens ever since. He starts of the book by explaining the overall feeling of how it feels to be abducted and how they look like. He was doing well until his boyfriend took out his own life. His name was Jesse. Jesse had a best friend name Audrey and they hanged out all the time...but until Jesse killed himself, it was all gone. He had felt more lonely than ever. His brother Charlie, he would play tricks on him and beat him up. Until finally Charlie gets a girl names Zooey pregnant and now has to start to work. His grandma has a disease called Alzheimer's. He has a “friend” who pretends he is someone that doesn't belong in this world to someone he loves. He meets a new guy and his name is Diego. He's always there with him trying to make him happy. He has a button to press with the aliens and has up to 144 days to make up his mind and if he doesn't make up his mind the aliens will blow the entire planet. I would recommend this book if your interested to science fiction. This is a young adult category age book. One moment were we could see some tough moments in Henry's life was when they jumped him in the locker room and some kids had masks of aliens and they covered him up with green paint. I have never read a book of the author but i can tell you that this author has such a fantastic job in his grammar and in his storytelling. I would recommend say that the right age group to read is from 15 and up. This book contains language that a 8 year old would not understand or want to read

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

In the face of an alien abduction and the possible destruction of the world, one teen must ask "why are we here? and does it matter?" TW: Abuse, Assault, Bullying, Depression, Rape, Suicide, Self-harm

Cynthia_N Jun 07, 2017

Such a hard book to read but such a good one! My heart hurt for Henry.

ElizF May 11, 2017

This is one of the best YA books I've read in a long time!

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jac523
Apr 25, 2017

This was phenomenal! While there are numerous heartbreaking moments in We Are the Ants, I can't help but feel that it was ultimately uplifting. So, so good.

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NedSu
Jan 31, 2017

I'm really too old to be reading YA works like this one. I did enjoy the overall timbre of the narration, but it rang a little false at times. Cutters, for example, are generally not considered to be at a high risk of suicide. Other than that, the questions around suicide and the surviving victims seem well worth telling, and it was told well. As the countdown progressed, reading it became more compelling. Kudos to the author for his imagination and execution.

This is a great book for readers who love realistic fiction with a touch of sci-fi. The sci-fi acts more as a framework, with the heart of the story being about a boy struggling to overcome depression and understand his place in a difficult world. If you like this, try Noggin by John Corey Whaley.

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VigilanteReads
Nov 28, 2016

Henry's mom is working a dead-end job, his nana's Alzheimer's is getting worse, his brother dropped out of college after his girlfriend got pregnant.Plus Henry's blames his self for his boyfriend Jesse's suicide. Henry also gets abducted by aliens pretty frequently and has the choice to save the world or not.

This story was really dark. Trigger warnings galore. Definitely, trigger warnings for suicide, intense bullying, and sexual assault. Even in the near the end once I knew it was a dark book it was able to throw me off with something. Still the book is really good and so interesting.

Henry has to decide if the world is worth saving or not. I feel like the decision for Henry is influenced by all the crap he goes through, but I felt like it often came back to Jesse's suicide. I really liked the way this book talked about depression, mental health, grieving, and guilt. Audrey is one character that definitely has great moments where she talks about these topics.

It honestly took me a while to get into this, but after the half-way point,I was in. At first, I was getting some big manic pixie dream boy vibes from Diego.Is that a thing? I think it's a thing. There was also being bogged down with all the things happening to Henry and his reactions to them.

The characters are brilliant. I felt like they are so layered. Henry's friend Audrey, his family, and Diego were all great characters. Marcus was even a well-done character. He developed. I still have no sympathy for him , but he developed.

This book has some really heartbreaking moments.There are so many beautiful parallels in this story that I won't go into because spoilers. Beautiful and heartbreaking actually. I kept noticing them and just loved it. The ending was interesting. I wasn't expecting it to end that way at all. I think I liked it. It leaves me with questions and that's not a bad thing.

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