More Than This

More Than This

by Patrick Ness


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“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 Green

Seth drowns, desperate and alone. But then he wakes. Naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. And where is he? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust. He remembers dying, his skull bashed against the rocks. Has he woken up in his own personal hell? Is there more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife? From the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls comes one of the most provocative teen novels of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763676209
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 68,337
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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.

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More Than This 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won't lie. I hated this book. It was way too repetetive and the ending wasn't at all satisfying. The issue at hand was never resolved! I'm sure there are plenty of people who enjoyed this book. It just wasn't for me.
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
‘More Than This’ was one of those books that I have trouble describing, because right from the start it left me in awe. Initially, I didn’t even know the main character’s name, but I had connected with him within the first few seconds. How could I not when the very first scene was of him drowning? This book took me to places where I couldn’t decide whether the character was in purgatory or in a post-apocalyptic world, or (there was this distant thought) he had been rescued and was dreaming. I didn’t know which way was up. All I knew was that I wanted more. I wanted to find out where Seth was, how he had come to be in the position he was now, and how he was going to make his way through to the other side. Seth was a strong, yet vulnerable, character. He had so many realistic flaws and in his own way was very idealistic. He was a boy who felt strongly. And what I really liked about him was that he wasn’t afraid to cry. The range of emotions he felt were fitting to the situation he found himself in. He also had surprisingly strong survival instincts. There were other characters in this book that came about a third of the way through. One character held that element of danger that’s needed to make a book suspenseful and edgy. And, boy, did it. That character had a serious spook factor. The storyline was fascinating and the more I read it, the more enthralled I got. The plot became clearer and it had similarities to a movie I’ve seen. I won’t say what movie, because I think it would give most of the plot away and I don’t want to do that. Another reason I was drawn to this book was the writing style. Patrick Ness is a master of the English language and his prose is so lyrical and lovely. He has such a unique way of writing. There’s so much more to this novel I could mention, but I feel like I would spoil it if I did. I will mention though that there was a very sweet romance in this book even if it was bittersweet. It was between Seth and another boy This relationship was what started the chain of events that led Seth to the world he was in now. Overall, I loved this book and I have hope that there is going to be a sequel, because it ended in such a way that suggests there will be. I would recommend this to anyone, especially those who like sci-fi, post apocalyptic books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written and very interesting. Slow start, certain character developments I wasn't a super fan of, plot is both new and yet somehow familiar. Overall good book but not Ness' best work.
car0 More than 1 year ago
I simply adored this book it takes to multiple different worlds, a virtual one and a real one. the real on is abandoned and wrecked with only a few people there who were dying in the virtual world but there was a malfunction in the system that led for them to be alive in the real world. It is scavenged by a robot like man but more dangerous than a robot, his job is too keep the virtual world running so it wont shut down he is also supposed to put the malfunctions back into the real world. This means they'll die cause they died in the virtual world so then they we'll remain asleep forever. It shows that these few friends have an amazing friendship both funny but delicate and heartbreaking. I loved this book and I totally recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book kept me engaged and i literally read it in one night! I loved the mysteriousness aspect of this book and Seth is very relatable to high school kids. Ness is a fantastic writer and all of his books are amazing! READ THIS BOOK
Sunbear9 More than 1 year ago
This book opens with the most incredible death scene ever. Patrick Ness is a master. Anyway, once Seth dies, he wakes up naked on the cold cement ground. He finds himself back in England where he lived as a little boy. Everything is covered in dust and he is all alone in a sort of burned out neighborhood. Seth works on survival and figuring out where he is. It is a very different book, but amazingly good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More Than This is a new book from Patrick Ness, the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy which I still need to read and that I've heard great things about. I'm unsure exactly how to write this review, after sleeping on it I still don't know whether I liked it or disliked it or whether or not I actually understood it at all, add in the ending which I thought ended at the wrong point for a book which as far as I'm aware is a stand-alone, I wanted to know what happened at the end with Seth, I don't like using my imagination to come up with my own version of an ending, I'd rather the author does it because isn't that what we're reading the book for? To tell us what happened not the other way around. The plot is initially what drew me in to wanting to pick this book up, it sounded like a really intriguing dystopian (which I love), and it started of that way and I was really into it and then it changed genres, into what I'm not exactly sure and that's when the confusion started. I don't know if I can really write what I'm wandering about with the twist without completely wrecking the story, I'll guess it'll be something I'll be left pondering, unfortunately for me I was left with a few unanswered questions that may never be answered. Although I did like the supporting characters introduced later on in the book, I felt that Seth was dealt a raw deal in life and it was just depressing, all he wanted in life was to feel wanted which after the tragedy that happened to his family while traumatic, it was like his family just ignored his existence and he was nothing but an afterthought, add in the whole Gudmann relationship and I can understand why and how he ended up where he did at the start of the book. I wish that I enjoyed this book as much as I thought I would, but for me I think I built it up in my head and it didn't quite get there.
sdanielw More than 1 year ago
More Than This is a book aimed at a specific group of people. Do you like books that confuse you? Do you like to be slightly unsure what's going on at any given moment? Do you like twists that come just as you thought you knew what was going on? If so, this book is for you. Personally, I've read enough books (so, so many books) that not knowing what's going on is pretty exciting. If a book can make me say "what the hell?" (especially out loud so I bewilder my roommate), then I'm on board, and More Than This surpassed that standard easily. It isn't a pretty story, or a simple one, but it'll make you keep reading just for another clue, another glimpse of what is going on. If it seems like I'm giving no details of concrete examples, it's because this is one of those books you want to go into blind. Trust me, don't read the summary, just pick it up and dive right in. You won't regret it (unless you want closure or easy answers-in which case, this is probably not the book for you).
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The author uses fifty words where five would have done just as well... literally repeating the same sentence two or three times. It wants to be deep but really isn't.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
At the beginning there is just a boy drowning. He tries to fight against the water, the current and the waves, in those last moments he really does fight. But the water is harder and, eventually, it wins. The boy dies. That should be the end but somehow it isn't. There is more. The boy wakes up half naked and exhausted--hungry and thirsty in a neighborhood that is at once familiar and other. Everything is abandoned. The boy is alone. Except is any of that really true? The boy can't be sure when even being dead seems uncertain now. Exploring this new landscape the boy will delve into his past as well as his arduous present in order to discover what really lies ahead of him in More Than This (2013) by Patrick Ness. Other reviewers have, fairly, suggested that this book is best enjoyed when you go into without expectations or too much knowledge of what it's about. That is partly true as the story has quite a few shocking twists. On the other hand, after part one More Than This almost become an entirely different book. Which is okay because for the entire first part (roughly 150 pages) we are only in the boy's head. He is alone. He is surviving. And, honestly, that gets less interesting over time. Ness is a critically acclaimed author with lots of shiny, well-deserved awards to his name already. The writing in More Than This is smooth and effortless. Unfortunately the writing and the plot were not enough to actually make this book particularly gripping or exciting. Flashbacks break into the present story with a jarring frequency. Although the boy is hungry and feels threatened, there never seemed to be a real sense of urgency. The premise of More Than This is promising (even just the superficial one that gets turned upside and sideways as the book progresses) and will find an eager audience among readers who enjoy books that toe the line between life and death and ponder what might come after. The ultimate meaning behind the book's title is also a lovely element to the story. It just, sadly, wasn't enough to make this a standout read for me. Possible Pairings: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti, Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Between by Jessica Warman, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books by this auther and this by far is the best one the auther has made i think evryone will like it and its not a waste of money
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Perfect title for a book because when I finished reading this in two days I asked myself "please tell me this is not the end and that there is more than this. If you like books that have absolutely no point to them whatsoever then this is the perfect book for you. Nothing but a waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was and is and will always be. thank you.