Patrick Ness is a genius. Here’s my review of his latest YA novel, More Than This.
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
The he wakes, naked, 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?
Wow. What a powerful book, and not at all what I was expecting (I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest). The blurb gives nothing away, and I’ll try not to give anything away in my review either. That’s part of the beauty of this novel – the unexpected – so I won’t spoil it for you.
I will say this, though: what Patrick Ness has written here is more than a book about what comes next. It’s sort of dystopian, sort of sci-fi, but it’s also more than that. It’s a thought-provoking, mind-boggling novel that aims to make you question everything.
I love what Patrick Ness did at the end, too. It’s equally as frustrating as it is genius. Every book-lover should read this book. Turn to the first page with an open mind and dive right in. I think that’s all I need to say about it.
I’ve never read any of Patrick Ness’s books before, but now I want to! Have you read More Than This yet, or any other Patrick Ness novels? Let me know your thoughts about them in the comments section below.
**** 5/5 stars
If you enjoyed More Than This you might like:
Looking for Alaska by John Green
One of my favourite books of the year, so exciting to read as I had no idea what would happen next! Great review 🙂
That’s exactly how I felt! Tricky to review because part of the excitement is not knowing anything 🙂 fab book so glad I’ve read it.
I found the same thing with my review, it was hard to say much without spoiling things! Me too, it’s such an amazing read 😀
I’m not sure I read your review! I’m going to now 😉
I picked up this book after it appeared on John Green’s list of YA books from 2013 to read. It was a must read after I read: “this is one of the few books in which, while reading it, I have exclaimed aloud, ‘Oh. My. God.’ on multiple occasions.”
Can’t believe I still haven’t read this yet! I loved Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy (which I totally recommend if you’re looking for more Ness). So happy you enjoyed it, Ashleigh!
I absolutely loved it! Yes, I’ll be reading the Chaos Walking books soon I think, can’t wait! You should definitely read More Than This Kendra, it’s fantastic! 🙂
Ahhh I really need to get my hands on this!!