In about 1 month We Are the Ants releases into the world. We Are the Ants tells the story of Henry Denton, a messed up kid who is abducted by aliens and told the world will end in 144 days. The twist is that the aliens (whom he calls sluggers) offer Henry the opportunity to avert the impending destruction by pressing a big red button, but Henry isn’t sure the world is worth saving.
Throughout the book, Henry imagines various ways the world might end. Meteors, time travelers, technology that robs us of our will to live, nuclear war. Each scenario offers an absurd look at our potential future and examines humanity’s self-destructive tendencies.
I’m proud to say that We Are the Ants has received starred reviews from Booklist (“Hutchinson’s excellent novel of ideas invites readers to wonder about their place in a world that often seems uncaring and meaningless. The novel is never didactic; on the contrary, it is unfailingly dramatic and crackling with characters who become real upon the page. Will Henry press the button? We all await his decision.”), Kirkus (“[Henry’s] journey is subtle and hard-won, with meditations on the past, the present, and the future that are equal parts sarcastic and profound. Bitterly funny, with a ray of hope amid bleakness.”), and School Library Journal (“Effectively combines the best of elements of Nick Burd’s The Vast Fields of Ordinary (Dial, 2009) with hints of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. Highly recommended.”), and I’ve never been more terrified for readers to pick up one of my books.
To celebrate the launch of We Are the Ants (and my impending descent into Goodreads-refreshing idiocy), I’m offering to write personalized end of the world scenarios for the first 100 people who preorder a copy of We Are the Ants between now and January 19, 2016. I’ll mail you your end of the world scenario along with a signed bookplate. And, as a bonus, if you preorder from an indie bookstore I’ll include something special. Could be a terrible drawing (because I’m a terrible artist), could be a photo of my dog dressed up like an alien. Whatever it is, it’ll probably be silly, but you should support your local indie anyway.
Here’s how to do it:
Send me an email with proof of your preorder (make sure to blur out any potentially personal information), your name (or the name of the person or people you want included in the scenario…limited to 3 names), mailing address, and (if you’re so inclined) something unique about yourself—something that scares you, something you’re interested in, something you find absurd—that I can use to craft your end of the world scenario. The last part isn’t required, but it’ll be a more personal scenario if you include it. Send that information to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 19, 2016, and the first 100 people will “win.”
That’s all there is to it. Make haste, my ants! Preorder before the world ends.