We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Henry's life is complicated, to be sure: his boyfriend's suicide, his father's disappearance, grandmother's Alzheimers are all weighing on him. And then there are the abductions by the "sluggers" who, after years of experimenting give him a button and charge him with figuring out if the world should, or should not, be saved from destruction in January 2016. So the last thing he needs is the complication of relationships with Marcus and Diego, right? But that's what he (and we) get, a teen whose life is overflowing with "stuff". For me, the big unknown was the sluggers. Are they real? Are the abductions and the Red Button To Avoid Doom real? Or is this a way for Henry to cope with what otherwise overwhelms him? Being Space Boy isn't easy - far from it - but a part of me wondered if the reason he's known as Space Boy is all in his head. Readers will have fun deciding that for themselves.
ARC provided by publisher.