Title: More Than This. A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him.
But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving.
But alive. How is that possible?
He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him?
Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. Why did I read this book: It sounded great. Plus, I really wanted to see what I thought of it — my history with Patrick Ness books has been an interesting journey. I was curious to see where More Than This would fit in this spectrum. And yes, I know I need to read the Chaos Walking trilogy.
He is in the ocean and he feels the waves and the cold.
He feels the rock when it smashes his skull. He wakes up and he is naked, tired, thirsty and — unbelievably — alive.
He is also back to the house where he lived as a child before the tragedy that hit his family. Before they moved to America.
He is all alone. The town is empty. Everything is covered under a layer of dust that alludes to the passage of time. Every time he falls sleep he has vivid, agonisingly real dreams that make him feel like he is being tortured.
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He dreams of his family and the walls built between them. He dreams of the boy he loves. He dreams of the bad times. He dreams of the good times. Sometimes the good dreams are worse than the bad dreams.
Any further elaboration on what happens next is one step too close to spoiler territory. She does knows that what happens next is plot and plot is like a tiny island in an ocean of feels when it comes to More Than This. More Than This is divided in four parts. The first part is the one where the main character wakes up in a new? This is one of the most terrifying, claustrophobic, sad, bewildering and impressive bits of narrative that I have ever read.
Are they real? Is Seth making them up because his mind is fragile and needs reassurance that he is in fact, alive? Are the answers they come to find, true at all?
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The fourth part not only questions everything you thought you knew but wraps it all up in shiny golden Words of Emotion. It is inescapable, I am always coming back to these two main points: the narrative and the emotional core of More Than This.
I think they are what make this book such a success. Is this a dystopian post-apocalyptic setting or a contemporary novel or even a third option in all of its meta-glory metafictional, metaphorical?
More Than This : choose your own adventure.
So in a way this is also about narratives and stories and how to make sense of your own story and about things you tell yourself. In the end, Seth does make his own choice, one that I thought was brilliant because it was so hopeful after so much despair.
It is also a revelation the way that my reactions to the book emulate perfectly those of the main character as I felt what he felt in his journey: confusion, terror, acceptance, back to confusion and finally revelation.
I say this not only as a fellow non-native speaker who learned English at around the same age as him, but as someone with a bit of a background in linguistics.
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This quote below is my favourite thing about the book and I had to include it here but it spoils the ending! Here is the boy, the man, here is Seth, being laid back gently into his coffin, the hands of his friends guiding him into place. Buy the Book: click on the links to purchase. Ana Grilo is a Brazilian who moved to the UK because of the weather.
More Than This by Patrick Ness – review
No, seriously. Excellent writer, I agree. Philosophical, entertaining and engrossing tale. I loved it. I want to read this book very much. What is reality, after all?
More Than This
I loved the first part. I feel bereft now in many ways please please please Patrick ness write a sequel. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Review: Here is the boy, drowning. He dies. He wonders if this is hell.
More Than This by Patrick Ness - Book Review
And he wonders if there is more than this. A conceptual book with heart. A heart-warming, hopeful story swimming in stylish structure.
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Oh gods, what am I writing, I am making a right mess out of this. Here is the girl woman, writing. OK Here is the boy, the man, here is Seth, being laid back gently into his coffin, the hands of his friends guiding him into place.
By Ana. Oh, yeah. So very sold! Kritika September 12, at pm Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors, and your review has me dying to read this! Fangs 4 the Fantasy Fangs4Fantasy September 12, at pm That sounds extremely complex, deep and very very very intriguing. I am intrigued I am. Sarah September 13, at am Excellent writer, I agree. Bibliotropic September 18, at am I want to read this book very much. Follow booksmugglers on Instagram.