Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here –
Walker Books

In my lifetime, we’ve had 1) the undead, 2) those soul-eating ghosts, 3) the vampire cycle of romance and death, and 4) whatever might be happening now with the body of Finn and the terrified deer, if they’re even connected (they’re probably connected). When Jared’s grandad was a teenager, they had Gods.
— Chapter 6

It’s not a bomb this time, even it it might as well be.
My dad shows up.
— Chapter 15



Warning: If irony and sarcasm are foreign to you or just not your cup of tea, you will more than likely not enjoy this book. But if you like an appreciative chuckle at the expense of popular fantasy tropes (even if you love those as well), then you should definitely have a look at this.
Patrick Ness is a wonderful storyteller who can craft a narrative that will suck you right in. But in this case not to take you on an epic adventure to save the world from an apocalypse and humanity from certain extinction. This also is not the story of the trusty side-kick/best friend/family of the hero. No, this is the story of those far in the background, who usually appear in the end credits as “Boy #2” or “Girl in Hallway” and whose only objective is to finish their final year of high school (and maybe get a prom date, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). Sometimes the most mundane seeming thing can harbour the biggest challenge of all: Finding meaning in your own ordinarily extraordinary life.

Do you have a favourite fantasy trope that you maybe want to see turned on its head? Share ideas and your teasers in the comments!

6 comments:

PD Workman said...

Oh, I've done a teaser from that one before: https://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-the-rest-of-us-just-live-here-teasertuesday-double-header/

Mine this week is from a murder mystery set in the wilds of Canada https://wp.me/p3Nz8P-1g2

Beth F said...

Great teaser. I really need to read more Ness

Kathy Martin said...

I started this one but it didn't grab me. I'll have to try again another day. Come see my YA teaser from Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima. Happy Tuesday!

Laura Thomas said...

I really want to get this one!

My TT from Crossing In Time

sjhigbee said...

I haven't read any Ness - and this teaser makes me realise I need to check out this writer. Thank you for sharing. This is my Tuesday Teaser - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/teaser-tuesday-28th-march-2016/

The Book Filled Day said...

That definitely sounds like my type of book. Awesome!

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