More Than This by Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: May 2014
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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Plot: A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

Who are we? Why are we here? What’s going on?

All questions that are tough on a young adult who’s lying in bed on a Friday night. I’m often plagued with these questions, constantly asking myself about the universe and the insignificance of me and us and the world and…yeah, it gets pretty heavy.

More Than This is a story all about these questions; what do we want from our lives? And, if we can make it better through drastic means, would we?

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A boy dies and wakes up on a suburban English street that he thinks is Hell, or maybe the void. Each chapter I’m shocked, wanting to read more. Every single word is picked specifically to make you think twice as to what’s happening. You think one thing, Patrick Ness makes it another, posing the question again; what’s going on?

But not in the angry confused way you get with books when they don’t make sense. We’re thinking the same thing as Seth, the protagonist who I just want to wrap in cotton wool and stroke his hair and tell him everything will be OK. What madness has he fallen into? You think you start to get the hang of it, that maybe it’s this way, maybe it’s that, but then something will happen and whoosh! out of the window that theory goes!

Some elements were predictable, and I mentally high-fived myself for getting them right, but some. Oh boy, some I couldn’t even have a guess at. This was an intricate novel about finding purpose, about deciding on the type of person you’re going to be, and making it possible. Another Patrick Ness book I adore, onto the next.

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