We Are the Ants (Prebound)
If you knew the world was going to end in 144 days and you had the power to save it, would you? What about if your boyfriend had committed suicide, your father abandoned you, your grandmother was losing her memory, you were harrassed and abused at school, and periodically abducted by aliens who always managed to set you back on earth at some inconvenient time and place in only your underwear?
Henry Denton has a quick wit and strives to keep going while staying under the radar, but his life is grim with the misery he endures both at home and at school. Still, the reader is pulled along, hoping that Henry will find reasons to choose life and discovery that he is worthy of being loved.
YA - grades 9-12. Recommended for those who enjoy Neil Gaiman and Ransom Riggs— Karen
From the author to watch (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes an equal parts sarcastic and profound (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.
Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.
Only he isn t sure he wants to.
After all, life hasn t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer's. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend's suicide last year.
Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.
But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it or let the world and his pain be destroyed forever.