More Than This

More Than 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, 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. . . .
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780763667672
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
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May 17, 2020

More Than This pulled me into the story on the very first page! From the mysterious circumstances that the main character found himself in at the very beginning to the complexity of the characters' development, Patrick Mess managed to create a work of art so emotionally charge that you can't help but to be drawn into the story and invested into the characters. If you love an emotional science fiction story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you ask very deep and spiritual questions, then this book is for you.

Dec 25, 2018

This book is full of surprise. The first few chapters are an alone boy and his sophisticated inner thoughts. The stories got twisted sharply after he went into two other living person and started to learn about the truth about the world. The three encounters with then Driver were all intense. Also the way the main character learn and face his history and life are very inspiring. An indeed page turner to me.

This is my second book from Patrick Ness. I really admire his writing when it comes to describe inner logic and thoughts, especially using the outside environment as leads and metaphor.

Mar 23, 2018

I listened to this on audio, and it's great as an audio. The whole story really clawed at my heart and dug deep inside me to the point that it was the only book I wanted to recommend to people for a while.

Aug 23, 2017

When 16-year-old Seth Wearing drowns, he doesn’t expect to wake up again, especially not in a long-abandoned English neighbourhood. The world is empty and deserted, except for a strange creature that drives a black van. Is this the afterlife? Where is everyone, and what happened to make them all abandon this world? Is he in hell? Or is he part of something bigger, something more? More Than This is a mind-bending thrill ride of a book. It’s complex, raw, unique and touching in its own powerful way. Ness crafts a beautiful story and delves into the topics of love, abuse, difficult choices and the truth about reality, in a way no other YA novel would dare. Emotional, intense, mystifying, and at times, terrifying, More Than This is an expertly written exploration into what it really means to be alive. 5/5
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

More Than This follows the story of a boy who died. He wakes up and doesn’t know who he was or where he is. I really wish I could explain the story a little better than this but that would reveal some of the plot in the book. However, I can assure you that this book is a good read. The character development is very interesting, the setting is mysterious and intriguing and the pacing is expertly managed. Patrick Ness is extremely proficient at managing the paces of his books, not dumping too much information on you at once, yet not giving you so little you lose interest. Overall, More Than This is a very interesting book and definitely worth your time if you enjoyed some of the other titles written by Patrick Ness. 4/5 stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

SCL_Justin Aug 10, 2017

I really really liked Patrick Ness’ YA novel More Than This. The protagonist, Seth, wakes up in a world empty of people and figures it’s hell. He figures that because the last thing he remembers doing was killing himself. The first part of the book is about him exploring the empty world, which is surprisingly like the town he grew up in in England, and having these incredibly vivid dreams about his life back in Washington leading up to his drowning.

Then things change.

The book is so good at working with the reader’s and with Seth’s expectations of what this story should be like. There are many shades of the ideas behind the Matrix floating around in here, which is great because Seth’s conscious of the kind of world he’s in, and is critical of it, even while he’s flashing back to these (mostly) awful memories of life before. The whole “this isn’t right” aspect of the novel just builds and builds until you really don’t know what will/could happen next. I guess I’m saying it uses its science fictional elements perfectly to create a story about what it’s like being a human.

ArapahoeStaff11 Jun 12, 2017

This mind bending story is full of menacing twists and turns.

Jul 17, 2016

More Than This was full of twists and turns, it was definitely a psychological ride. However, I strongly enjoyed it! This book is one that requires readers to evaluate every detail, thinking beyond the words on the pages. The plot and concept were also very unique and interesting. While not all questions are answered, it ties back to how not everything in life has reasons and that there is more than what meets the eye. Patrick Ness does not disappoint with this thrilling novel!

ohbois Jun 25, 2016

the book was really slow at first and i was confused on the plot line. I've tried reading this book twice and both times I've given up. This final time reading it I gave up and just read a summary on wiki. I really tried hard with this book because of all the good reviews but I couldn't do it :(

Jun 02, 2016

Fascinating. I totally bought into the world created. I, who often gobble books down, found myself stopping often, to absorb and consider the possibilities of how that world would work and how it came to be. Excellent character portrayals, highly recommended for its depiction of a young man in love with another, his suicide and everything that came after.

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Aug 19, 2015

“You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there's always more than this. There's always something you don't know.”

Jun 25, 2015

But, he thinks, it’s possible to die before you die.

Jun 25, 2015

Wherever you are, it’s okay. You can come back from it. Whatever happened to you down there, whatever the world looks like now, that’s not how it always looks. That’s not how it’s always going to look. There’s always more.

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LibraryK8 Jan 03, 2014

The morning after Seth walks into the Pacific Ocean and is crushed on the rocks by the brutal waves, he wakes up. It is impossible, his shoulder was broken, his skull pulverized on the sharp reef near his Oregon home. He has been transported to the small English town where he grew up (and left when he was only 8 for a better life in America). Everything is exactly the same as he left it...exactly. Nothing has moved, no one has trespassed, no one has cleaned. The house is filled with dust, the lawn has grown unruly and the cabinets are full of moldy food. When he steps outside he discovers that the rest of his block, his neighborhood, his whole town, has been completely abandoned.

Seth is convinced he must be in hell, a personal hell plucked from his worst memories, that sent him into the frigid ocean in the first place. Then he meets two other survivors, although he isn't entirely convinced they aren't a part of his imagination, and begins to uncover the truth about the town that time forgot.


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