More Than This by Patrick Ness (2013)
YA Fiction | Sci-Fi
“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?
From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time. ”
pooled ink Review:
The book opens with a bang that immediately draws you in.
Chapters 1-26 are intriguingly mysterious and informative enough to keep you reading but not overwhelmingly so. Overall Part One is a tad slow and it wasn’t the quickest portion to get through.
Parts Two and Three went much faster and were incredibly intriguing.
The character development was interesting and gradually revealed flashback by flashback and memory by memory as their utterly confused minds are slowly shaken, turned upside-down, and then flipped inside-out.
The overall plot is pretty genius, and yet borderline vaguely familiar.
Patrick Ness is no doubt an extremely talented author and one of my absolute favorites, so while this was a really good sci-fi book it just isn’t one of my life-altering favorites. I feel so guilty admitting that but I want to be honest and for whatever reason it may be my soul just wasn’t snagged by the mysterious magic that some books have on me. And even though it’s not in my Top Ten I’d still recommend it because Ness really is a talented author and this just may be your favorite book ever.
It was good and I’m happy that I read it but I probably won’t read it again…or maybe I will because sometimes it’s all about timing and maybe the next time I read it it will be amazing. Who knows?
Posted on Goodreads on June 29, 2014
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Meet Patrick Ness!
Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.
He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.