Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

Challenge criteria: A science fiction novel.


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?

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What I liked:

I was given this as a gift, I don’t remember who by. Whoever it was really knew my taste in books.

This book gets eerily more and more sinister as you go further through it. It starts off quite sinister anyway, with the boy’s death, but as you go deeper into the story you realise more about his life, about his past, about his family. It was gripping.

This book was fantastic for inclusion, as the main character was in a same sex relationship (you know, before he died) and seemed to have suffered from mental health problems.

What I didn’t like:

We don’t learn Seth’s name for quite some time, so I felt it was a little tough to engage with this book before then.

The ending was also a little disappointing, and after the progress Seth made through the book it was also quite confusing.

Out of five?: 

Four. A really gripping storyline, and it’s so hard not to love Tommy, the Polish tween who’s older than his years in some points. But, the ending did drop the standard just little. That said, this definitely won’t be the only Patrick Ness book I’ll pick up.


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