2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Monday, 19 May 2014

REVIEW: More Than This - Patrick Ness

Monday, 19 May 2014
PAGES: 480
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

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 called 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 is 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 neighbourhood 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...

This book is awesome; Beautifully written, wonderfully inventive and thought-provoking and completely captivating. It was structured really well; I enjoyed finding out more about Seth's character as the book progressed through the flashbacks he encounters. 

For a book told in third person, I still felt incredibly close to the character and the situation he was in; Patrick's descriptions of what Seth was thinking, feeling and seeing were brilliant. As the story develops it becomes more and more enticing, yet as a reader I still didn't have any clue where exactly it was going or how it would end - sometimes that can be frustrating but in this case it just made me want to read more, I was desperate to know what would happen! 

It's such an original book, and the synopsis on the back is deliberately vague so as not to give away any key plot points so all I'll say is it's fantastic!

- Gem.

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