More Than This by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books Ltd on May 1th 2014
Genre(s): YA Science Fiction, Dystopia, Mystery
Rating: 5 stars!
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.
Oh my goodness gracious. I don’t even know where to begin.
This was one of the best books I’ve read in long time, and that’s seriously saying something, because I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately.
“Books are often described as ‘mind-blowing,’ but this is one of the few books in which, while reading it, I have exclaimed aloud, ‘Oh. My. God.’ on multiple occasions.” -John Green
I get you, John Green. I get you.
So basically: if you want to be completely mind-blown, confused out of your mind, horrified, creeped out, enlightened, and utterly heartbroken, read this book. Right. Now.
The Characters: Ness created freakishly realistic characters, all unique and flawed in their own way. Some people may argue that the characters were a little “too unique” to be realistic, and maybe this is true, but for me, the characters’ weird personality quirks and thoughts made the book so much more interesting and relatable.
The characters definitely made some mistakes and bad moves throughout the story, but that made me love them even more, if that makes any sense. The character development was incredible, and I loved watching them learn and grow throughout the story.
The Plot: More Than This is one of those books that have you on the edge of your seat the whole time, turning the pages as fast as you possibly can. This book is about existentialism, and explores the questions, “What is the meaning of life? What is reality? And, of course, is there more than this?” Ness offers such a unique perspective on this idea, and it made me stop and think, “Wait. What if this really is real? What if Ness was right and there really is more than this?” And I love books like that. Books that make you think, books that make you relate, books that offer a unique perspective on something that you had always thought about, but you never thought anyone else thought about. And that concept, in my eyes, is truly mind-boggling.
Simply put, this book is quite terrifying. Not in the way you’re thinking, with monsters or zombie apocalypses or whatnot. It makes you question the laws of humanity. Of reality. And that, on its own, is completely terrifying to me.
The Writing Style: I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing Ness’s writing is. His ability to describe characters’ thoughts and emotions with so much accuracy is seriously amazing. Writing realistic and relatable characters is a huge talent, and Ness definitely has it. The characters’ thoughts, emotions, and actions are described exactly how you would picture yourself reacting to that specific event in the story, if that makes any sense. His capability to put anyone’s basic thoughts and feelings into words is truly astounding.
“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”
“Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.”
“We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we’d go crazy.”
“You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there’s always more than this. There’s always something you don’t know.”
“Haven’t you ever felt like there had to be more? Like there’s more out there somewhere, just beyond your grasp, if you could only get to it?”
Final Thought: I loved this book soooo much. It’s the kind of book that everyone can relate to one way or another, and that is truly amazing. It’s definitely one of my favorites of 2015! Also, if you’re still not sure about reading this book, I recommend you check out an excerpt of the first few chapters to give you a feel for the book. John Green says it best in the blurb: “Just read it.”