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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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  1. bookloverbabbles

    April 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Yep, this sounds awesome. Great review 😀 I love the cover of the book and the photo you took!

    1. hollie (hollieblog)

      April 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀 And trust me, it is SO awesome!

      1. bookloverbabbles

        April 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        Pleasure 🙂 And I trust you! At least on this :p

  2. Bea @ When Curiosity Killed the Cat

    April 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I always see this book on bookstores and I am totally intrigued by Patrick Ness’ books. Well, I haven’t read any of them though but I would love to start with this one. Anyways, I hope to like this book as much as you do. 😊

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    February 26, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    […] I think Patrick Ness is considered one of the most prolific YA writers of our generation. His novel, A Monster Calls, was made into a worldwide hit movie, and his sci-fi dystopian trilogy, Chaos Walking, is currently being filmed and will be starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland as main characters. But we’re here to celebrate Ness’ beautiful and powerful novels with some fantastic LGBTQ+ characters! Books I’ve read include Release, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, and More Than This. […]

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