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Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.

Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

I wanted to write a thorough review because I was so impressed by this book, but I know that although I like writing reviews about books, sometimes I can’t really describe what I feel, I can’t really show my feelings, but I’m going to do everything I can to tell you what I think about it.

We are the Ants is a very … difficult book. It breaks you, and then puts you together to hopefully create a stronger and better person. Hutchinson writes in a very special way. I dare say I’ve never even read such a writing style. You see a broken boy going through very difficult and very terrible things. 

I think we’ve all been in a position where we feel that this is it, we’ve had enough. And at that moment, we might have to ask ourselves what we think of the universe. Hutchinson describes us as the ants of the universe, though some may find this a depressing idea, but Hutchinson can paint such a beautiful image that you will be glad that We Are The Ants.

When you start reading the book, you already know that it will be a good book, because the first sentence is cool already. But as you read more and more you too have to ask yourself: would you press the button?

There was so much beauty in this book. We experienced moments of heartache, but the joy and happy things weren’t left behind either. And I just want readers to get the same little lesson from this book: No matter how hard life is, no matter how bad you feel, in life there is ALWAYS something that makes it beautiful. A small victory or the fact that you are breathing today means something. And We are the Ants will help you figure it out and believe it.


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