“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?”
This synopsis doesn’t really tell you much, does it? Unfortunately, I feel like I also can’t tell you much about this book without spoiling anything. That’s part of the fun of the story, not knowing where its taking you. And I definitely had no idea where this book was taking me. After finishing it, I’m not really sure where it took me. This book will definitely leave you thinking for days after you finish it. What I can tell you is that this book is brilliant and absolutely worth the read.
The story with opens with a boy drowning in the ocean. We have no context- we have no idea why he is drowning or how he got there. His shoulder is shattered by a rock which soon after crushes his skull, and he dies. When he wakes up, he is somewhere else. He is alone. We soon learn that his name is Seth, and that he remembers dying. But where is he now? Did he really die? Is he alone? Is this even real?
Seth is an authentic, refreshing main character. While he is dealing with this new world he woke up in, we also start to get glimpses of his previous life and the events that led him to his death. His voice is raw and achingly honest. As I learned more of the events of his life, I really grew to care for Seth as a character.
This book is so intriguing because it has so many interconnecting parts. On one hand, it is Seth reflecting on his life and coming to terms with his death. Is this new world he woke up in just a way of him dealing with his death? I wasn’t sure. Then other events started to happen and I thought, maybe not. Maybe there is more to the story. And there certainly is another exciting, somewhat creepy story arc. As I was reading I kept thinking, is this going to be fiction? Fantasy? Science fiction? This book will honestly keep you guessing until the very end. And maybe still after you finish it.
This was my first experience with Patrick Ness and I am more than excited to read his other books now. His writing is straight-forward but beautiful. It flows so well with the tone of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I know I will be thinking about it for days afterward. I think one of the things I appreciate most about it is that it is just so unique compared to anything else I’ve read lately. While the ending was open-ended, it left me oddly satisfied as if that were the point of the story all along.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good read. I think it appeals to a wide variety of audiences regardless of your usual genre preference. More Than This is a gripping story from beginning to end, but it also allows us to reflect on life and what it means to be happy. I have a feeling Patrick Ness will become one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait to pick up another one of his books.
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