More Than This by Patrick Ness – Book Review

More Than This by Patrick Ness,

More than this was the first book I read in my 12 Book Reading Challenge for 2015.


So what about this book well Amazon says.

From the author praised by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”.
A boy called 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 is 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 neighbourhood 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…

I heard about this book one day while listening to the Radio 2 book club on Simon Mayo’s show. Patrick Ness was in talking about it.

The thing that caught my, I guess ear, was this idea that the book opens with a character drowning, maybe is it slightly macabre of me but I thought to myself I kind of need to see where this is going.

Does he really wake up? Does he really drown? Is this going to be a book about what heaven is like? these were all questions running through my mind as I started on the book.

I have said before I am not the world best reader. I am often a very slow reader however this book was a page-turner, while it was a slow start for me once I got going I, for me, motored through the book.

**Spoiler Alert** – Don’t going beyond here till you have read the book.

So my thoughts on the More Than This by Patrick Ness.

  • Was this always the case that when you die in the dream world you wake up?
  • Is heaven just a state of walking up from the battery farm of daily life?
  • Did they manage to kill the guard or will more come
  • What other memories will come to Seth
  • What will happen next to Seth and

I really did enjoy the book despite it leaving me with more questions than answers, it was well written and easy to read. While I think the target audience was late teen it also an interesting book for an adult to read. I Really hope this is the first book in a series but maybe it was always meant to leave us hanging.

If you have read the book let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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