I’ve been on a Patrick Ness kick ever since I recently read the young adult novels, “Release” and “A Monster Calls” (both highly recommended for YA fans!).
This book has two story lines, one featuring high-school senior Mike, who wants to live a normal life and just go to prom and graduate, and the other with the extraordinary “indie kids” – all seemingly named Finn or Satchel – who have the power to save and destroy the world, and, occasionally, blow up the high school.
In the “real world,” Mike struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the family has issues that may be familiar for some readers: Dad is an alcoholic recluse, Mom is a power-hungry politician, sister Mel is an anorexic in recovery who nearly died, and Grandma has Alzheimer’s and lives in a nursing home. The other-world plot is appealing and integrates surprisingly well into the story, especially for those who are fans of superhero movies and realistic fiction television shows with vampires. I recommend this for fans of YA fantasy books and characters like those in a John Green novel.