This book was not what I was expecting and I am totally okay with that! I was expecting some superhero book or anti-hero book, or something along those lines, but it ended up being about family, and friends, and some paranormal happenings in their town. This book is definitely unique!
Where do I even start with this book? This book was emotional, relatable, funny, and so not what I was expecting. It takes place in this alternate world where the Chosen Ones are the hipster kids (aka “indie kids”). Instead of focusing on the indie kids and their next adventure, it follows an ordinary group of kids who are dealing with end-of-school anxiety, and relationships. A secondary part of the story just happens to be a mystery of zombie deer and indie kids dying.
I loved Mikey and his sisters, Mel and Meredith. They were so supportive of each other through each of their issues, and watched each others’ backs; it was so great to see a sibling relationship like that in a book. Mikey deals with OCD and gets stuck in these loops until something distracts him and the loop is broken. Mel is recovering from an eating disorder, and Meredith just happens to be the genius in the family. All of their issues stem from their parents, and especially her mom’s bid for political office.
“I can’t tell you what’s real for you.
But in return, you can’t say what’s real for me either. I get to choose. Not you.” -pg.77
Besides focusing on the sibling relationships, it also focuses on friendships and the family you choose. Jared just happens to be the best friend any kid could ask for. He loves Mikey like a brother, and is there for him when he gets stuck in a loop. Henna, another friend and crush of Mikey’s, I can’t say I really liked. She seemed to lead him on, which I found extremely frustrating.
This book was so good! Seriously, if you love Patrick Ness’s unique writing, you will love this book!