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We Are the Ants Audiobook

We Are the Ants

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Publisher's Summary

From the "author to watch" (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new 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.

©2016 Shaun David Hutchinson (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    Leighton 05-07-16
    Leighton 05-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb touching, captivating story with big ideas"
    Where does We Are the Ants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10. It instantly grabs you and makes you care about the main character. That's a rare quality which some established authors fail to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it is written. Mr Hutchinson has a beautiful turn of phrase, never over writes, gives us just enough to make a passionate other worldly story about, ocassionally, pedestrian things.


    What about Gibson Frazier’s performance did you like?

    Very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. I failed but I powered through it in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Hutchinson please make more books available on audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    katherine Price 01-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "about family"

    I wasn't sure about this book looking at the synopsis. I'm glad I have it a chance . It's about struggling with loss. it's about family and all the things that affect it I think. it's about how life is always moving...or at least that's what I thought ... narrator was good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-15-16
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    "Amazing beyond doubt"

    This book was so amazing. I've read the book and I needed to hear the audio book for my driving adventures. This book has changed my life and I emailed the author to thank him for this amazing book! Forever love this!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Quiroz 11-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "i cried"

    i loved it, it's 4:53am and i finished it with 1 minute breaks often but i loved it and couldnt stop. The author makes it an incredible story with the main character life of how nothing matters and it gives you a new perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaco du Preez South Africa 06-11-16
    Jaco du Preez South Africa 06-11-16 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid reader of science fiction, adventure and technology. My hobbies consist of PC gaming, movies, 3D printing, and software dev.

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    "An amazing tale of coming of age and mind"
    Where does We Are the Ants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best psychological analysis of how we handle or hide from problems in life. It even shows that there are much more important things to worry about such as family, fiends and those you love caring compared to the bullies teasing your for being gay and you should not destroy yourself caring about other's opinion when it just kills you inside to never come out or staying in a relationship that forces you to. This book can be recommended to many young LGBT teens as the message you get between the lines is clear...indirectly.

    It is also a fun story.


    Any additional comments?

    Best line; "I wish the aliens would stop taking my pants."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Yates 06-17-17
    S. Yates 06-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Evocative and moving"
    Which character – as performed by Gibson Frazier – was your favorite?

    All the characters were well done, but I especially liked his portrayal of Diego.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Henry's science teacher recounted her high school years.


    Any additional comments?

    Sarcastic, funny, and poignant. Don't let the summary blurb fool you - this is less science fiction that it is a wrenching window into coming of age, being an outcast, the ugliness of teenagers, the pain of adolescence, mental health, and young love. Though the impetus for the narrator's (Henry Denton) consideration of whether or not life should go on on earth is his (real or imagined) abductions by aliens, the biggest way science fiction themes run through the book are intermittent chapters where Henry brainstorms the very many ways life on earth could end. I loved the book and it rang very true, there were no pat endings or easy solutions, but real growth by the characters and a lot of to consider. It made me relieved to have since grown out of the hell that high school could be, the vicissitudes of popularity and friendship, the dizzying highs and lows of emotion, the way everything felt urgent and unsure and permanent all at the same time. But it also managed to touch upon and recreate all those feelings, and remember when life seemed so achingly immediate and vivid, and for all the pain, the window into Henry and his friends, his family and one particularly knowing teacher, was a moving and worthwhile.

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    Ryan KY 03-29-17
    Ryan KY 03-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Unbelievably Melancholy"
    What character would you cut from We Are the Ants?

    The main character, everyone but him is potentially interesting. The bleakness of a person who has given up to the point of sacrificing the entire planet for the sake of his love life is, while relatable to some I'm sure, ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    This book most resembles "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." If you are a chronically depressed teen, this book will be relatable to you, but given your condition, I'm unsure you should read it. If this does not describe you, the mundanity of the problems in this book coupled with the insane reactions of an emotionally immature teen should not be entertainment, and the ideas and realizations about life that come out of the story are just as mundane. I rarely write negative reviews, do not buy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Swamp Yank Southern RI 03-10-17
    Old Swamp Yank Southern RI 03-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A Solid Dud"

    I managed to get about an hour into this book before deleting it. In case none of the other reviewers have mentioned, this appears to be Young Adult fiction, focusing on the sex-exploits of a 16 year-old homosexual boy from Florida. There may be a sci-fi story in here somewhere but I could not find it in the first hour and frankly, I have no interest in the author's pathetic attempt at titillation. And yes, Jesse is dead. Jesse was apparently the boy's lover. I can't say for sure, the book was too horrible to continue. The whole plot is rather ridiculous and while I find the writing style of the author somewhat entertaining, I cannot fathom how this book made it past any competent editor.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KJNoble 11-30-16
    KJNoble 11-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Spoiler alert"

    Jesse is dead Jesse is dead Jesse is dead
    Hours and hours and hours of it. Ok I get it Jesse is dead.

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    CVal27 07-20-16
    CVal27 07-20-16
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    "Ok"

    Not a fan of the storyline. I was imagining something diffeent. I am glad that the main character starting getting help for himself towards the end. I knew he had some issues.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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