We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants

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Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world in 144 days unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2016.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481449632
Branch Call Number: TF Realist Hutc
Characteristics: 451 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jan 31, 2021

I would warn people that this is very depressing novel and you might want to see a Therapist either before or After reading. Or at least do A Lot of drinking!

AlishaH_KCMO Jul 10, 2020

Trigger Warnings: Depression, Suicide, Bullying, Attempted sexual assault, Abuse, Death

We Are the Ants is about Henry Denton who has been abducted by aliens on and off again for the past few years. Recently though, they finally communicated with him that the world is ending in 144 days. And all he has to do is press a button to save it. The problem? Henry doesn't know if he wants to.

I honestly don't know how I feel about this novel. On one hand, it had beautiful dialogues and quotes that I often wrote down to remember. But on the other, it felt dry and I couldn't connect with Henry as a character. Hutchinson portrayed a realistic way of grieving and self-blaming but Henry's personality I think just turned me away. I know he's grieving, but his selflessness and absorption is just too much. His reasonings behind why he wouldn't/didn't want to push the button were ridiculously melodramatic.

It also didn't feel Sci-Fi for me either. Yes, the aliens were involved, but in all honesty, I sometimes thought they were still something Henry made up to deal with his emotions. It's just because of when and how the sluggers (the aliens) would take him. I may be trying to read into it too much, but it was always a thought. Also, I wanted them to be in the story more! I feel like Hutchinson missed out on something there to include.

laurendouglass Jul 02, 2019

Henry Denton is right up there with my other favorite male teen protagonists (I'm looking at you Ryan Dean West!) in this funny, touching and unexpected novel from Shaun David Hutchinson. Henry is gay, his close knit family is struggling, and he keeps getting abducted by aliens. Hilarity and heart wrenching moments ensue.

Nov 27, 2018

I thought that ‘we are the ants’ was an amazing book, dealing with heavy topics such as depression, grieving and bullying. The book has romance, hardships, and some sci-fi. It is really well written, and while the story progresses it pulls your heart in a thousand different directions. I fell in love with the story’s main character, Henry. He was going through something truly unique to him, with his boyfriend's recent death, and now being abducted by aliens. His whole family was a big mess in the beginning and I won’t hesitate to say that this book drew all too realistic emotions out of me. And to top it all off, he was faced with the decision to either save earth or have it end within 144 days. Rating: 5/5. @IVYBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

We Are The Ants is my favourite book of all time. It is a philosophical science fiction that will leave you feeling the story for days after you finish. This book caused me to stay up all night to finish and made me cry throughout the whole story. It deals with heavy subject matter, such as suicide, abortion, physical abuse, and sexual assault that does not make it an easy read but it addresses these issues in a thoughtful way. It also deals with important topics such as LGBTQ+ issues, mental health, and abuse. The science fiction aspect of the story is done brilliantly and, without spoilers, concludes it in a way that makes you more unsure of what is real then when you started. All of the characters are so real and fleshed out that after finishing I felt as though I knew them. This book is so important and special to me and I believe everyone should read it. 5/5. @nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 13, 2018

It's a beautiful book that questions things that a person may have thought before. The morbid look on life theme that is present in the book, make it feel more realistic. And every page made me anticipate the next event, I practically squirmed in anticipation every time I picked up the book. The characters overall are well-developed and well-rounded. (To me, at least) It teaches a lot of life lessons that i could integrate into my daily life. The book deals with issues like Alzheimer's, suicide, bullying, and mental health, so readers that have these triggers should be cautious when reading this book.

Apr 22, 2018

Holy s***. This book is everything As soon as I opened the book I knew this book was made for me. Upon finishing it, I still feel the same. No, really, this book must have been specifically tailored to become my all-time-favorite book. Gosh. I don't even know where to start. It was so good, so perfect. This book is going to stick with me for the rest of my life.

The writing is amazing. It works for me so well, I just love love love it. The characters are all so real and fleshed out, they all had their own stories, their own detailed lives. They were all flawed but I genuinely loved every single one of them. I related to Henry a lot. I saw a ton of myself in him, which definitely really helped me become completely immersed in the book.

The ending was perfect, I couldn't have asked for more. It's relatively ambiguous, the perfect mix of optimism and nihilism and I just love it. The book is devastating and excellent from beginning to end, and I am keeping my eye on this author and will eagerly read anything and everything else he writes.

Apr 16, 2018

I would definitely recommend this book! It is so interesting! I was on the edge of the chair while reading it, I couldn’t put the book down. I cried on some parts but it was just so good. Everyone who is debating on reading it or not; I say read it your gonna love it.

Mar 28, 2018

Henry Denton, a boy that since the age of thirteen has been abducted by Aliens ever since. He starts of the book by explaining the overall feeling of how it feels to be abducted and how they look like. He was doing well until his boyfriend took out his own life. His name was Jesse. Jesse had a best friend name Audrey and they hanged out all the time...but until Jesse killed himself, it was all gone. He had felt more lonely than ever. His brother Charlie, he would play tricks on him and beat him up. Until finally Charlie gets a girl names Zooey pregnant and now has to start to work. His grandma has a disease called Alzheimer's. He has a “friend” who pretends he is someone that doesn't belong in this world to someone he loves. He meets a new guy and his name is Diego. He's always there with him trying to make him happy. He has a button to press with the aliens and has up to 144 days to make up his mind and if he doesn't make up his mind the aliens will blow the entire planet. I would recommend this book if your interested to science fiction. This is a young adult category age book. One moment were we could see some tough moments in Henry's life was when they jumped him in the locker room and some kids had masks of aliens and they covered him up with green paint. I have never read a book of the author but i can tell you that this author has such a fantastic job in his grammar and in his storytelling. I would recommend say that the right age group to read is from 15 and up. This book contains language that a 8 year old would not understand or want to read

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

In the face of an alien abduction and the possible destruction of the world, one teen must ask "why are we here? and does it matter?" TW: Abuse, Assault, Bullying, Depression, Rape, Suicide, Self-harm

Cynthia_N Jun 07, 2017

Such a hard book to read but such a good one! My heart hurt for Henry.

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