More Than This

More Than This

eBook - 2013
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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..
Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780763667672
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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.

AL_JENNY Jun 12, 2017

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

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Ange_X
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 :(

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kpriestman
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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black_bear_515
May 12, 2016

This is a genius idea for a book. It's hard to talk about because it's great going into without knowing much, but I will say I really enjoyed this. From the main character to the addicting premise, it was fabulous. I just found myself not really able to connect to the characters, and the ending was a bit too ambiguous for me. But I highly recommend this!
3.5/5 stars

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dylankemp
Apr 18, 2016

Unfortunately, this book isn't as good as it thinks it is.

qwert123 Sep 19, 2015

I enjoyed the idea, however this story kind of dragged on, all I can say is that this could have been better.

mvkramer Jan 17, 2015

This is a perfectly fine book by Patrick Ness, but it lacks the raw, emotional punch of his other works. For an almost-500-page book, this was pretty propulsive - I think I read the last 200 pages in an afternoon. I like the deliberate ambiguity of the setting. Is Seth really dead and imagining the whole thing, or is it real?

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readingbooks_3
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.”

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kn1226
Jun 25, 2015

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

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kn1226
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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May 12, 2016

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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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