We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | REVIEW

We Are the AntsWe Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published by Simon Pulse on January 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT+
Pages: 455
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

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.


5 Stars

First Line:

Life is bullshit.


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Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest.

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

The Good

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson is a beautifully written novel about a boy who must decide if the world is worth saving. Henry’s dad left him and the family when he was younger, his mother is struggling with work and money, his grandmother is suffering from Alzheimers, and his boyfriend Jesse committed suicide last year for unknown reasons. To top it all off he is constantly getting abducted by aliens. And these aliens have given him a big red button to press. If Henry pushes the button the world will continue going on, but if he doesn’t the world will end. They have given him 144 days to decide.

Now if this is starting to sound like a sci-fi dystopian, not to worry. It is far from it. I can say that the alien abductions are a metaphor for something else, that of which I can’t tell you. But now it is up to Henry if life as we know it, is worth saving.

The plot is beautiful executed with Hutchinson’s raw and truthful writing. He makes you really think about what matters in life, all the little things we do. Is it all worth it in the grand scheme of things? If we kiss our boyfriend/girlfriend today will it end world hunger? If we do our homework or study for our next test are we going to be the next noble prize winner? Most answers to that is no. But that doesn’t mean that these little things don’t matter. They matter to us, and that’s the most important aspect you take away from We Are the Ants.

The characters are all flawed in some way or another. Poor Henry is a lost soul. He has no idea why his father left them all those years ago, he has no idea why Jesse killed himself, and he has no idea if life is still worth living. I have never connected with a character more in any other book. There are times in life where I have felt just as lost as he has, but that’s totally normal. Then he meets the new boy in school, Diego. Diego is everybody and nobody. Because of his shady past he lives each day as a new one to make up for all the time he has lost. He has a ton of issues he needs to work through, but he meets Henry and things change. He makes it his mission to prove to Henry that life is worth saving.

The romance was adorable, and it wasn’t the typical swoon worthy romance you usually find in other contemporaries. It was raw, and real. It was flawed.

We Are the Ants makes you feel a ton of emotions as it takes you on a bumpy roller coaster ride. I’ve learned a lot from reading it and I can’t express enough how much you guys need to get your hands on a copy of this book. It’s a story we all need to hear… well read. I know you’ll love it!

We may not get to choose how we die, but we can chose how we live. The universe may forget us, but it doesn’t matter. Because we are the ants, and we’ll keep marching on.

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

The Bad

I can honestly say I have no issues with this novel. Shaun David Hutchinson knocks it out of the park again with his masterful story telling with real, and raw emotions. I do wish that we got to find out what happens after day 144 because ends on day 143. A bit of a cliffhanger where we get to imagine our own ending!

Sometimes I think gravity may be death in disguise. Other times I think gravity is love, which is why love’s only demand is that we fall.

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

I loved The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley last year by Huthinson, and he doesn’t disappoint this time around either! Let me know what you guys thought of We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Shaun David HutchinsonShaun David Hutchinson is a major geek and all about nerdy shenanigans. He is the author of The Deathday Letter, fml, and the forthcoming The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. He can be reached at shaun@shaundavidhutchinson.com. He currently lives in South Florida with his partner and dog and watches way too much Doctor Who.

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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

17 thoughts on “We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | REVIEW”

  1. Oooh this sounds great! It reminds me a little of Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman with the alien metaphor. Challenger Deep had a journey down to the Marianas Trench as a metaphor. I love these sorts of books so I’ll definitely be checking it out at some point. Plus I’ve heard countless rave reviews.

    Btw I saw that you italicised ‘Jesse’ and thought it was funny but then I realised you did it for all the character names XD

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  2. yay yay yay!! Love your review 💕❤️ I’m so glad our recommended reads for one another knocked it out of the park! We have good taste 😉😁

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