Dimensions: 480 pages, 3.45 × 2.17 × 0.55 in
Published: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Candlewick Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0763662585
ISBN - 13: 9780763662585
About the Book
From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Ness ("A Monster Calls") comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the lifeNor perhaps afterlifeNof a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.
From the Publisher
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
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. . . .
About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and
best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie
Medal-winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from
Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage
Prize, and the Costa Children's Book Award. Born in Virginia, he
lives in London.
Ness brilliantly plays with contrasts: life and death, privacy and
exposure, guilt and innocence. In characteristic style, the author
of the Chaos Walking trilogy delves into the stuff of nightmares
for an existential exploration of the human psyche.
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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. I won't tell you anything else
about it. Just read it.
It is a gorgeous story with masterful pacing and unforgettable
-The Boston Globe