More Than This by Patrick Ness
Published: September 10th 2013 by Candlewick Press
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 bashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust.
What’s going on? Is it real? Or has he woken up in his own personal hell? Seth begins to search for answers, hoping desperately that there must be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife…
Patrick Ness is one of the best writers of this generation. He writes so beautifully, a true master of his craft. Many will immediately associate his name with the stunning story of A Monster Calls, if you are one of those people, you already know his capacity to make tragic stories beautiful and meaningful. His writing teaches us that there is always hope lying underneath the surface, no matter how much darkness covers it–hope always burns brightly.
YA have broken free from the chains of book snobs in recent years (thank goodness). Ness is a perfect example as to why this transition has occurred. Yes, his target audience is YA, but his stories are so rich with metaphors and wisdom that to keep his stories restricted to one audience is silly.
More Than This…is simply that, more than anything else I have ever read. It is a story of life. It is a story of afterlife. It is a story of love after life. It is a story of loss. Every human emotion is touched on in this book…It is stunning, and so very important. I hope one day this book becomes as widely read as the classic, Lord of the Flies. So many great lessons exist in these pages.
This book is a fun and tragic ride. Exploring the past, present and future.
An addictive and philosophical storyline that I PROMISE you will love. Take a chance on this book. It may just change the way you look at life.