More Than This by Patrick NessMore Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This

byPatrick Ness

Hardcover | September 10, 2013

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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. . . .
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 Awar...
Title:More Than ThisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.76 × 5.5 × 1.4 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0763662585

ISBN - 13:9780763662585


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Stunning Such a surprisingly great, emotional, thrilling, read. Going into this book blind makes the experience even better.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shockingly Amazing Go into this blindly and be pleasantly surprised by how amazing it is. Trust me. This is a good one, with a captivating story and characters that you will care for deeply as you keep reading.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating When I initially bought this book it sat on my shelf for a long time because I didn't want to take the time to read all 400+ pages, but once I started it I was glad it's so long because I didn't want the book to end.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I had never read anything by Patrick Ness until this book, and let me tell you, it was an outstanding introduction to his works. There is no doubt that I will be reading more of his books in the future.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Most of this book is like one giant cliffhanger. It had my heart racing so many times!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yessssss! Can Patrick Ness ever go wrong? This book blew me away. Its so unique and out there that trying to fit it in a genre is impossible. So cool!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Grew On Me When I read this book the first time, I was hooked - and then the ending put me off. The beginning with the flashbacks, especially with the struggles that the main character goes through, is very close to home - sexuality, parental relationships, first love. The ending, however, threw me. I found it too dystopian, too sci-fi, not metaphoric at all. But then as time passed, I started thinking about how freaky and absurd and so realistic the ending actually was. I found myself realizing that Patrick Ness is a flipping GENIUS and that clearly there was more than this (haha) to the ending.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK! This book is one of my favourites! It is an emotional roller coaster that makes you really think about your life. It was amazing!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised by this book I did not expect this book to be what it was. I was surprised by it and loved it. It isn't a book I would have picked up normally but I'm glad I did.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Author Please don't let the John Green quote on the cover keep you from reading this novel. "More Than This" is a fascinating read that I had difficulty ever putting down whilst I was reading it. The story is original, the characters lovable, and the denouement unexpected. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book by Patrick Ness Patrick Ness once again delivered a fantastic story I just couldn't put down.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Putting into words how much I loved this book is going to be difficult, but I'll do my best.</p> Oh man, first of all: the diversity. This book not only contained diversity, but it discussed presented subjects such as homophobia and racism in a way that made it seem realistic. The characters were all different from each other, but they were all so lovable that I wish oh so bad that I could read about them again and again and again.</p>Second of all: the mystery. Okay, so maybe I'm just not that smart, but I seriously couldn't tell where the book was going until the end. It was all so captivating, and I couldn't help but want to read and read and read to find out what was going to happen next.</p>Third of all: the angst. I'm not going to get too much into this so as to not spoil anything, but let's just say that I am 100% trash for good angst and that this book did not disappoint me.</p>All in all, this book is one of my new all-time favourites, and I can't wait to read more of Ness' work.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! SWEET MERCY, WHAT A RIDE. I don't know what to say about this book as my thoughts are everywhere. I went into it not really knowing what to expect and then for a long time I was reading and even though I was interested enough to keep on reading, more and more questions were created in my mind and hardly any answers were appearing. The concept is a bit of a scary thing for me to think about. Government trying to "fix" the world by implanting a type of control over all humans. Which, as seen in many films and books, can turn out to be worse than the world was prior to the change. But anyway, this was a very complex story. Hugely thought-provoking with also great characters and great plots and mysteries slowly unfolding involving those characters. And I loved Tomasz, he was definitely my favourite character. There's not much else I can say without spoiling the story but it was one heck of a story and I would definitely encourage anyone who's interested to read this book!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from completely boring i did not like this book at all. I found it very very boring. i do not believe in burning books. I think it should be a serious criminal offense but thats never gonna happen... but i burned this one because i wanted to start a fire. it burned quite well...
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my life ?? After reading this book, I have never seen life the same. Patrick Ness seems to always have me regard life differently after reading one of his books. The plot twists always had me hooked on what was to happen next. You really have to pay attention to what you're reading or the plot will not make sense, as it is confusing, but very deep if you understand it. I loved the characters, especially Tomach (or however you spell it) because a) he's Polish like me b) he's the cutest little child ever c) I became wayyyy too attached to him. Seriously amazing book, everyone should read it.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre at best For some reason I just didn't feel connected to the characters or plot at all. I love Patrick Ness' writing style though and have always felt that he has a lot of potential to pull of a fantastic story, but this just fell flat for me. The twists weren't really shocking and I still didn't really understand the point or overall purpose of the novel at the end. Maybe that is due to something that I lack to enjoy it, but it just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is my all time favourite YA novel. It isn't corny or anything, it's well written and well structured. I enjoyed it a lot. It does have a bit of a dystopian theme, which I think is really being over used in the YA genre, but I actually don''t mind it here. There's also a really huge plot twist at the end, which will make the beginning (which can be a bit confusing at first) make total sense. I love this book a lot, I'm really excited to see more content from Patrick Ness!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is my all time favourite YA novel. It isn't corny or anything, it's well written and well structured. I enjoyed it a lot. It does have a bit of a dystopian theme, which I think is really being over used in the YA genre, but I actually don''t mind it here. There's also a really huge plot twist at the end, which will make the beginning (which can be a bit confusing at first) make total sense. I love this book a lot, I'm really excited to see more content from Patrick Ness!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT Patrick Ness is my favourite author. Once again, he crafted a unique work of art that i could not put down. The characters are each different and great, the premise and plot is FANTASTIC, the pacing is perfect, the meanings are intensely incredible, and any flaw i had with this book was diminished because of how brilliant everything else is, nothing bad came out after that. It is one of my all time favourite books, because Ness takes such a simple concept and puts a whole new spin on it, with a whole new meaning behind it. More Than This will have you reading until the end, and loving every second of it!
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well-written, with engaging characters and a major twist I didn't see coming. Unfortunately, I don't think Ness really made the best use of the twist he could. The story wavers between action-thriller and drama after the twist is revealed, but never quite embraces one or the other. The result is a thriller that gets bogged down in places by rather ponderous drama, or a drama that gets fragmented by sudden action sequences. All in all, though, it was a good read. I'd recommend putting it on your reading list, but I wouldn't urge you to push it to the top and just get to it when you get to it.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is full of twists and turns and a plot you wont see coming. Full of suspense this is a great read you wont want to put down!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I read last year! This is a well told coming-of-age tale with a gripping start and fast paced story. Highly recommended for both teens and adults.
Date published: 2014-01-22

Editorial Reviews

This haunting and consistently surprising novel raises deep questions about what it means to be alive, but it doesn't try to console readers with easy or pat answers. ... . A delicate balance between dystopian survival and philosophical grappling means that many different kinds of readers should appreciate the story.—School Library Journal (starred review)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)Compulsively readable... It is a very compelling, multidimensional story.—Library Media ConnectionNess' knack for cliff-hangers, honed in the Chaos Walking series, remains strong, while the spare, gradual, anytime, anyplace quality of the story recalls A Monster Calls... Ness has crafted something stark and uncompromising.—BooklistThis complex, genrebending book opens with Seth's violent drowning death at sea, described in such spare but devastating detail that readers may feel themselves gasping for a breath as Seth draws his last. ... Ness subverts familiar sci-fi/survival tropes and storytelling conventions, leaving readers with an ambiguous ending... The thematic explorations of the nature of reality and the afterlife offer some heady discussion fodder, while the nail-biting tension and high-stakes action sequences make this an easy sell to the legions of dystopia fans as well.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksNess leads readers on an adventure into a world that astounds and amazes. ... Ness captures the mind of a teenager perfectly. It is a fast-paced journey that even reluctant readers will pursue...—VOYANess is not only a good storyteller but an interesting prose stylist, and his latest effort is as provocative as ever.—The Horn BookBooks 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.—John GreenIt is a gorgeous story with masterful pacing and unforgettable passages.—The Boston GlobeAt times, More Than This is like a literary experiment that only by the grace and dedication of its creator resulted in a novel proper, but in the hands of a poised, perfectionist prose-smith like Patrick Ness, it's rarely less than life-affirming. ... The author's newest novel is riveting, edge-of-your-reading-seat stuff from beginning to end.—Tor.comArtsy, creepy, and full of psychological suspense... Ness specializes in writing post-apocalyptic worlds where things are rarely as they seem. ... The dizzying ending brings the characters to the narrow edge between inevitable outcomes and hope for second chances -- and challenges readers to form their own conclusions.—BookPage[A] YA game-changer. It's provocative and philosophical, sweet and darkly funny, and destined to be discussed and debated. And there's not a vampire or a zombie lurking anywhere in its dystopian landscape.—Minneapolis Star Tribune