Book Review: More Than This

Title: More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre/s: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, LGBT

My rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: 

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

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My thoughts:

I found this book at a book fair without really knowing what it is about, or just how brilliant it is. I was actually looking for a different book by Patrick Ness, but this is what I came home with instead. And boy, I am so glad I did!

This was such an amazing read!
At the beginning, I had a little trouble trying to get into it as the story/plot took some time to build. But as I progressed through the book and read several chapters, I was hooked! It was definitely gripping! Every page seemed to have new information (no matter how small or big they may be), every chapter seemed to have a new twist, and every time I encounter these twists, my breath was taken away (I think my mouth fell open a few times as I read this book).

The writing style of the author is truly AMAZING, I am not even kidding! It was poetic, it was symbolic, it was breathtaking in every way.

“Life does not have to go how you think it will. Not even when you are very sure what is going to happen.”

“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”

I loved the idea of the “online” world, and how everyone started preferring that over the real world. In a way, it reflects us, it reflects humanity. It says a lot about how people live nowadays—how we choose to browse over the internet for ridiculous amounts of time, use various social networks to create a new life and image for ourselves and hide behind those whenever reality becomes too much to bear.
That sort-of defense mechanism of us humans, was shown perfectly and accurately in this book, and the author managed to twist that into his own version and incorporate it into his story. His writing is truly brilliant, and I applaud him for that.

“Maybe compared to how the real world was going, it was paradise. Maybe all we wanted was a chance to live real lives again, without everything fall apart all the time.”

The characters were so well-written as well. Their back stories were both heart breaking and enchanting, and their personalities were distinct all throughout the book.
The small number of characters wasn’t a downside, not at all. If anything, it added more impact to the story. I had the opportunity to know these characters and just how significant their parts were in the story. Tomasz was a ball of sunshine; bursting with energy, and hope, and faith, keeping their little team glued together. Regine, who was evidently filled with grief and anger, was the fuel they needed to keep going, to keep moving forward. And Seth, who drowned in his loneliness and pain, was someone who willed the team to look beyond, to realize that there’s something more out there, and that sometimes we need to fall and be broken in order to see that.

“…what I’ve learned is that there actually is more. There’s you guys. You guys are my more.”

 

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Overall, this is an amazing book and I can’t wait to read more works of Patrick Ness!
This book deserves a million stars for me!

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How about you, have you read this book? what did you think about it? Tell me, we can talk!

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