We are the Ants

Finished We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Henry Denton doesn’t know 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.

Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy, and his family is oblivious to everything that’s going on around them. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. 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.”

Oh, you guys, this book.  This weird, beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, perfect book.

I can’t even talk about how much I love Henry.  His life is hard (he’s hooking up with someone who is not good for him, to put it mildly) but he’s also grieving the loss of his boyfriend, Jesse.  He’s not doing as well in school and, oh yeah, he’s been abducted by aliens.  They tell him that the world is going to end soon and he can save it—or not—as he chooses.

And that’s it: if you can stop the end of the world, do you? Should you?

And of course there’s so much else going on.  This is a book about family and friends, about forgiveness, about grief.  This is a book that should be read by everyone.

Highly recommended.

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