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We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – Review




we are the antsWE ARE THE ANTS

Author: Shaun David Hutchinson

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Hardcover, 455 pages

Published Date: January 19th 2016

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There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.


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We are the ants is one really well-written book that deserves all the hype. I’m so glad I picked it up! This book is about Henry Denton, our hilarious, authentically-written protagonist. He’s probably the most real boy character I’ve ever read. Everything was just so realistically put. He is smart and so so caring…but he’s also constantly abducted by aliens. During these abductions, the aliens mostly just experiment on him and then drop him off back to earth ( usually buck-naked) but then one day they leave him with an ultimate decision-  to press a certain button and stop the world from ending or not press it and let it cease to exist.

Before you ask; no, the slugger have never probed my anus. I’m fairly certain they reserve that special treat for people who talk on their phones during moves, or text while driving.

oh my

I’m lucky I’m not one of those people then…lol

There are so many things touched upon in this book. It didn’t feel like Henry’s narrative alone because we get to see and learn so much about other people in his life; his lazy brute of a brother and his brother’s girlfriend, his absent alcoholic mother, his grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s, his best friend, his boyfriend who committed suicide and Diego- who befriends him and shows him there is more to life. You could feel just how much Henry cared about this people despite their shortcomings and despite their mistakes. In a short while, you as a reader will start caring about them too. And that’s a sign of a great author.

Sometimes I think gravity may be death in disguise. Other times, I think gravity is love, which is why love’s only demand is that we fall.

We are the ants deals with suicide, mental health issues, abuse, bullying and even the struggle of living with Alzheimer’s, but the protagonist’s narrative keeps things light and it becomes impossible not to like Henry. My favorite part of the book is the way Henry takes all things happening in his life and to the people he loves into consideration while making his decision whether to save the world or not. I loved how one minute his resolve is strengthened on one decision and in the next, that resolve is crumbled (because life is all about ups and downs). I loved how he asks a bunch of people about their opinion and I loved hearing all their answers.

Overall, this book is packed with heavy meaning. It provides such relate-able insight into life, family and happiness.

A hundred billion years from now, no one will exist who remembers space boys or chronic-masturbating alcoholics or science teachers or ex-cons or valedictorians. When we’re gone, time will forget…



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Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun is a major geek and all about nerdy shenanigans. He is the author of The Deathday Letter, fml, and the forthcoming The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. He can be reached at He currently lives in South Florida with his partner and dog and watches way too much Doctor Who.

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6 thoughts on “We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – Review

  1. Great review! I’ve heard only great things about this book, but I didn’t even know what it was about until now, and now I really want to read it. The plot sounds really intriguing, and it’s nice to see that Henry came across as very realistic compared to most boys in fiction. I’m excited to get my hands on this sometime.


    1. Thanks 🙂 Yeah, the hype is real for this book. I had to check it out and I’m glad I did because it was a great read. Hope you enjoy it if you do!


  2. Oh oh I’ve been recommended this book before but haven’t been sure. BUT THIS SOUNDS AMAZING. Is he actually being kidnapped by aliens? Is it sci-fi? I mean, even if it’s not I waaaaant to try it. *adds to enormous TBR* 😂

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!


    1. Answering that would be a spoiler lol. But I can tell you it’s more contemporary than anything. There’s some “scientific-ness” going on because Henry’s a science geek, but I wouldn’t say it’s a science fiction book. You should check it out!


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