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The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is a 2015 Young Adult fantasy novel by Patrick Ness.

What if you aren’t The Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions...


The Rest Of Us Just Live Here contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: The explosion at the amphitheatre.
  • The Alcoholic: Mel and Mikey's dad, on top of having embezzled funds from his brother-in-law's car dealership.
  • Anyone Can Die: The "main" fantasy plot happening in the background seems to be this, with the traditional Indie protagonists dying left and right, while there are surprisingly few if any "civilian" casualties.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Averted. Mel has an eating disorder that actually killed her, and Mikey has OCD.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Of Young Adult urban fantasy literature and “The Chosen One” narratives in general. The main cast notes that the Indies never seem to be online, and always have ridiculously unique and cool names... to the point there are five Indies named “Finn.”
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The setting seems to be this, as part of the Deconstruction. It has Gods, vampires, soul eating ghosts, and a trans dimensional race of immortal beings that inhabit the dead.
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  • Gas Leak Cover Up: The authorities' explanation for the explosion at the amphitheater.
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Humans possessed by The Immortals have glowing blue eyes, and seem bear the scars and broken bones from when they died.
  • Healing Hands: Jared, as part of his divine heritage, can heal felines of their injuries as well as (to a less effective extent) humans.
  • Kid Detective: Meredith.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The entire novel is essentially one, with the teens and classmates of protagonists observing, reacting to, and wondering what all supernatural phenomena and the 'Indies' are up to.
  • Mama Bear: What Mikey's mum says she'll be.
  • The Masquerade: Most of the adults ignore the supernatural events. The gang theorizes some pretend they never saw anything, or that there's a Weirdness Censor that kicks in after a certain age. Later chapters hint that Mikey and Mel's mother does in fact remember the attack of the soul eating ghosts and is (partly) fighting so hard to be a powerful politician to make the world safe for them.
  • Protective Charm: The Medallion that the Indie Satchel has. It protects her from the Immortals, but as long as it's on Earth, they can come and chase her for it.
  • Refusal of the Call: Jared has all of the makings of an Indy kid; he’s gay, he is part god on his mother’s side and his first name is an Awesome Mc Coolname “Mercury”. He is fully aware of this and, knowing the kind of trouble this brings and would rather simply wash his hands of the whole thing and enjoy a normal life. Averted in the case of his subplot. After his grandmother — the original God of Cats — retired years ago and his own mother off doing her own business, the Gods come to Jared time and time again to ask him to take her place. He eventually agrees on the condition that they up his healing abilities and they allow him to go through college before he ascends.
  • The Rival: Mikey views Nathan as this.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Mikey and Mel went to (and Mikey later on returns to see) a therapist for their issues.
  • Weirdness Censor: The coverup for the supernatural explosion in the arena is a gas main exploding.


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