Title: More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
On the Shelves: Young Adult> Fiction> Fantasy
From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.
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. What’s going on? 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. . .. (Goodreads 2014)
Good grief- don’t go into this book with any expectations of what you think the plot is going to be, because I can 100% guarantee you, you will be wrong. This book was a rollercoaster, a constant surprise, and a thrill to read. When I started this book, I never would have guessed generally that it would go where it did, it basically crosses from one genre to another, but I can’t say which because it would give the game away! But on this basis alone, you should really read this book, just because it’s so rare that a book knocks you off your feet in surprise with every new chapter!
Ness has built a creepy, confusing and scary world in More Than This, one which is unpredictable and forever changing, and you share Seth’s confusion as he tries to put the pieces of the jigsaw together as soon as he regains….consciousness? Life? after drowning in the ocean. Again, this is frustrating because I’m being so careful not to give anything away. This book kept me on my toes the entire time.
It is, admittedly, a bit of a slow starter. And there were times where I wished the plot would hurry up and start already, but the beginning of the book is putting an emphasis on the world building and confusion, and once the plot arrives, it doesn’t stop- it just keeps going at a high speed and you are clinging on for dear life to keep up with the book! Fantastic read and I can’t recommend it enough.
More Than This, I’m going to bet, is probably one of the best books I will have read in 2014.