Review: ‘We are the Ants’ by Shaun David Hutchinson

Where to start with this one…

First off, who knew there could be so many space-related metaphors?

I was intrigued from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. Henry’s situation is unique and his life is…well, real. It’s relatable. The emotions are real and the relationships are complex.

The author explores so many real-life troubles and he does a mighty good job of it.

We remember the past, live in the present, and write the future.

The suicide of Henry Denton’s boyfriend and first real love, Jesse, is the main focus, besides the button. There are so many factors that Henry is left to consider whilst deciding whether or not he wants to save humanity. And the best part is that I could actually relate and put myself in Henry’s shoes. I could ask myself: Would I push the button? Is humanity worth saving? Is life worth living if all there is only pain, lessened by the small moments of happiness?

Henry Denton doesn’t have all the answers – who does? – but while he experiences things most of us can identify with, he slowly finds himself and manages to (unknowingly) help those around him whom he loves and who love him find some peace as well.

By the end of the book, regardless of how much shit Henry has gone through or how much shit we, ourselves, have gone through, the message is pretty clear…

We remember the past, live in the present, and write the future.

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