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Friday, October 21, 2016

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson review

     I'm definitely in the minority on this one since it has a 4.3 out of 5 rating on Goodreads. I would only give it about a 2 out of 5.  I don't have a legitimate reason to be honest, the writing was excellent.  I guess it's just that I hate things feeling like they are incomplete, and this ending definitely felt incomplete to me.  Were they real or not?
     I can't say anymore about it without giving too much away, and I still haven't figured out how to add a spoiler insert on here (sorry, I can make a blog but damned if I know how to use it lol), so I hope that doesn't give too much away with just that statement.
    I get it, I'm supposed to reflect on the ending and be all like "oh, it doesn't matter, this was a story of him surviving and realizing that no matter what everything was going to be okay blah blah blah".  No! no freaking way! that is not closure to me! I don't give a hoot about him having a personal revelation, I just wanna know if the world ended or not!
     I'm sure I'm not the only person that feels this way either.  When I first picked the book up, the summary really made me think this was an apocalyptic type book and I know others had to see it that way too, so I can't be the only one that's pissed, right? RIGHT? Or maybe I am since it has such good ratings.
     I do have to give the book credit just for the fact that I actually finished it.  I've been in such a reading slump lately and haven't been able to find anything that appealed to me enough to finish it in a while.  Like I said, the writing will keep you hooked as it's definitely written like "real life" instead of the usual cliche scenarios, but this time that just isn't enough for me.  Pick it up at the library if you get the chance, or buy it if you're just expecting a book about a coming of age story, but don't say I didn't warn you if you get it because you think it's just about aliens and the end of the world.....

1 comment:

  1. I actually just finished this book and googled to find reviews because I was shocked by how much I disliked it.... like you I thought the writing was great.. I liked the basic premise too.. but for some reason I just couldn't get over the ending.. also, Henry got on my nerves. I know he's a teenager going through a lot and you don't have to like characters to like a book..... but I can't give this more than a 2 on Goodreads