Title: We Are the Ants
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 19, 2016
“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.”
What a wonderfully sad, heartbreaking, powerful book that I absolutely adored. We Are the Ants is a story hard to describe, at least for me it is, but I think it really comes down to grief and acceptance.
When your life seems like a series of mistakes and misfortunes, but you’re given the chance to save the soon-to-be-destoryed Earth, the answer isn’t always clear, at least not for Henry Denton, who’s been abducted by aliens more times than he can remember. Should he push the button and save the flawed and unworthy world, or simple do nothing and put everyone out of their misery?
Throughout much of the book, Henry is not in a good place. He’s still dealing with his boyfriend’s sudden suicide the year before and the unruly physical and emotional bullying from his classmates. So when given the choice to save the world, Henry’s response is apathetic at best. But throughout the story, we see him start to want the best for those around him – even if he doesn’t think he deserves anything good. He reconnects with a former friend, meets a new boy in town and starts to really feel something for someone else again for the first time since Jesse passed, he encourages his mother to follow her passion and even starts to support his brother’s unexpected fatherhood – even if he’s sure he’ll fuck it up. It’s a painful,brutal journey that is hard to read and definitely made me cry. But being along as Henry processed the world around him was so impactful, I almost can’t even put it into words.
I’ve wanted to read We Are the Ants for years and I’m currently kicking myself for putting this off for so long. Shaun David Hutchinson’s writing is powerful and soothing, even if the material itself will wreck your heart.