We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson is a moving sci-fi novel about identity, romance, and family. It follows unpopular high schooler Henry Denton struggling to cope after his boyfriend commits suicide. He has supposedly been abducted by aliens his whole life, and they give him an ultimatum: the world is going to end, and he can stop it if he presses a button. However, he can’t decide whether or not to. Due to his queer identity, his growing relationship with a problematic classmate, and his dysfunctional family, his journey to find the answer is filled with self-discovery, loss, love, and acceptance. The novel is well-paced, heartbreaking, thoughtful, and an unforgettable read. The characters are well-developed and have authentic relationships with each other. Henry Denton as an unreliable narrator increases the novel’s intrigue and creates suspense. Readers will be left inspired to embrace life, and to take advantage of what matters most in the present.
Apr 3, 2023