More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Pages: 472 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5
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. – GoodReads
I went into More Than This with sky-rocketing expectations. If you all know me, you know that I love Patrick Ness’s stories. More than love– as in he’s pretty much my favorite author ever. I was honest to goodness scared to death (with a hollow pit in my stomach) to pick this story up; I was that nervous. Would it disappoint me?
And the answer turned out to be a big fat no. Because a few pages in and I knew there was no way this book was going to be a letdown. In fact, after reading the last beautiful word in More Than This, I practically bawled my eyes out. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one heck of a gorgeous story. In attempt to express my (in)coherent thoughts, I’m going to list a few points:
First off, don’t read the synopsis, or try avoid all synopsis descriptions in reviews as much as possible. I went into this story not knowing much at all, and that was pretty much the best part. I didn’t have a clue what genre this book was, and trust me, that makes the experience 110% better. There’s this clawing curiosity throughout the whole book, and I found myself asking tons of question, but I was also happy that things were so mysterious.
Also, the characters in this story are just as real, raw, and relatable as they can possibly be. I fell in love with the male protagonist Seth immediately. He is confused and lost at the start, but by the end he is a strong boy who knows the world. And more importantly, how to live it.
Lastly, the overall message that is revealed in the end is absolutely uplifting and in some ways, surprising. I don’t want to say what it is (obviously), but I can say that it leaves the book on a very good note.
This review is so short, but I really am speechless by Patrick Ness’s latest work for YA readers. It’s deep, profound, and touching on a whole new level. More Than This is, without a doubt, is one of my favorite books of 2013. *clutches heart* This is a must-read!