I had heard quite a bit of buzz about We Are the Ants and I was so excited to get my hands on the book. And it did NOT disappoint. I think this book has such a strong chance at recognition from the Printz committee. I've been recommending it left and right at the library.
My rating: 5 stars
Summary from goodreads:
There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.
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.
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.