We are the Aunts By David Shaun Hutchison
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We are the Aunts By David Shaun Hutchison

We are the Aunts By David Shaun Hutchison

Book synopsis

From the author of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.

Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever

We are the Aunts By David Shaun Hutchison

Have you ever came across a book that found you? This is how it was for me. I was browsing to an audiobook site that I frequent, the audiobook I chose didn’t work, and this started to play.


With an opening line “life is bullshit”, it immediately peeked my interests. I fell in love with the prose, the beautifully written words. It’s realistic and makes you think about life. The last time I’ve read a book this meaningful was Cather in the Rye. I like to read books where authors give their view of life, as this is one of the confusing, interesting topics to bring up. Everyone has different views on life.


We have Henry, he’s a gay high school student and from time to time he gets abducted by aliens, the ran experiments on him and leave him naked miles away from home. One time, when he gets abducted again, he finds out from “sluggers” that the world is going to end 144 days and he gets to choose if he can save the world by pressing the button in the spaceship or leave the world to end. I know it’s rather silly but it’s not. The story deals with sensitive subjects such homophobia, bullying, and suicide.


Henry is at a loss he questions why he has to be the one to press the button? Why should he save the world when the world is such a fucked place and people are so terrible to each other?


The book is going to the pile of my favorite books I highly recommended. Get it


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