2018 Nov 2
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?
Utter confusion and suspense from page one onwards! More Than This by Patrick Ness has twists and turns on each page, and I doubt even the book can keep up with itself. Curiousity will keep you going however, eager to find out what is truly going on. The book moves in between the protagonist’s life before death and the strange world he wakes up in after. The novel is certainly gripping enough to hold the reader’s attention, yet has its slow moments as well.
Filled with action on almost every page, More Than This could have made the reader more invested by giving us more insight into the characters’ personal lives. Instead, a few characters are rather one dimensional forgoing any possibility of emotional attachment. Much of the book is written in active present tense, which may get weary after a while if you’re used to regular fiction reading in past tense. Without giving away too much, all we can say is that the ending may leave you wanting more (something most readers seem to agree with as well), and dying for a sequel which you’re not too sure you’ll actually even read.