More Than This

Hardcover | September 10, 2013

byPatrick Ness

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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. . . .

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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...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.76 × 5.5 × 1.4 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763662585

ISBN - 13:9780763662585

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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

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Editorial Reviews

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.—John GreenIt is a gorgeous story with masterful pacing and unforgettable passages.—The Boston Globe