LGBTQ, Young Adult

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Henry lives with his mom, a single parent struggling to make the ends meet, his older brother and his grandmother. His older brother is a college dropout, which only adds to his mother’s frustrations. Add to the mix his brother’s pregnant girlfriend, both of whom move back home with Henry’s family. At the same time Henry is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. Henry is also having a rough time working through the suicide of his boyfriend, partially blaming himself, and is trying to figure out where he fits into…everything. On top of all of this Henry is periodically abducted by aliens. The aliens inform him that the world is going to end and all Henry needs to do to save it is to press a big red button. Whacky, and certainly a unique story. Given Henry’s circumstances, he wonders if the world is really worth saving. Though there were many parts of the story that did not resonate with me, I kept on reading and was drawn in to Henry’s dilemma and the support offered by various friends. This book has several starred reviews, but knowing little about it I decided to jump in and give it a try. I am glad I kept on reading as the ending was worth it. Does the world end? Good question!

~Lisa

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