Would You Save the World? (Review)

You know what is the easiest way to get me to read a book? Send the author out on tour. I had the pleasure of hearing Shaun talk about We are the Ants at Bay Area Book Festival earlier this year and I knew that We are the Ants was going to be special. Of course, that TBR stacks up REAL QUICK, so the next best way to get me to pick up a book is to have a trusted friend recommend it.

So, here I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read this one. Make no mistake, We are the Ants is a contemporary story with a slight sci-fi edge. This book is a SLEEPER in your TBR this year. WHY is no one talking about this book!? I don't know but I'm here to let you know that you should put it on your radar before the end of the year. Or sooner. Like right now.

What would you do if you were solely in charge of whether the world continued or not? Of course, how you're feeling about the world at that time is going to influence that decision. Henry is not having a good year so maybe declining to push that button to continue the world is the right decision.  

This is Henry's story of learning about the world and the beauty in it. It's not all rainbows and flowers but does that mean it's not worth living in? Truly, Henry's journey of self-discovery (this book is marked as "coming of age") is what makes this book so freaking great. 

We remember the past, live in the present, and write the future.


We are the Ants
by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published: January 19th 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Audible (plus that signed hardback!)

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. 

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.


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