Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page count: 455 pages (US Hardcover edition/280 pages for eBook version)
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. (Summary provided by Goodreads.com)
Be prepared for random ramblings and scattered thoughts.
This book was incredible.
The story- This is one of the most unique stories I have never read. It is a syfi/contemporary book which I was worried about because syfi generally isn’t a genre I enjoy reading but this book read mostly like a coming of age story which is my favorite to read so it didn’t harm my reading experiment at all.
The characters- All of the characters were all SO well thought out but since I like them all so much, I can’t help but highlight them individually.
Henry (Our main character) – Henry is such a complex character. He’s funny but at times he’s a very gloomy character and the author did a really good job at balancing his personality. He is definitely one of my favorite characters of all time.
Diego- Diego is definitely my favorite character of this novel. He’s so well rounded and smart AND HE LOVES BOOKS and he will do anything he can to protect the people that he loves.
Audrey- Honestly she didn’t really stick out like the rest of the characters but what I did love about her is her relationship with Henry. They both have this never-ending love for Jesse and I really appreciated how that brought them together.
Charlie- At first I didn’t love Charlie. But I really loved his development as a character and that’s about all I can say without spoiling anything.
Zooey- While she didn’t get a lot of screen- er, page time, I thought she was a pretty well rounded character.
Henry’s mom (I forgot her name and I’m too emotional to go back and look)- At first I had this huge hatred for her, but at the end, I grew to really love her and I could really tell that she did her best for her family, despite the situation.
The pace- THIS BOOK IS LIKE COCAINE. I read this 455 page book in under 12 hours. I was always on the edge of my seat while reading this. It read like a thriller, while it isn’t even close to a thriller.
The writing style- The writing style is so beautiful, lyrical and hilarious. I would be close to bawling my eyes out and a page later, I would be CACKLING. This book is one of the most quotable books I’ve ever read and I can’t wait to by a copy for myself so I can tab it up.
I would recommend this to anyone. Go pick it up
Starred Rating: 5 out of 5 stars