Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

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.Β 

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?

My Thoughts

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.

My rating:

**** 5/5 stars

If you enjoyed More Than This you might like:

Nowhere by Jon Robinson

Slated by Teri Terry

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Paper Towns by John GreenΒ 

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver



  1. 29th December 2013 / 4:22 pm

    One of my favourite books of the year, so exciting to read as I had no idea what would happen next! Great review πŸ™‚

    • 29th December 2013 / 4:24 pm

      That’s exactly how I felt! Tricky to review because part of the excitement is not knowing anything πŸ™‚ fab book so glad I’ve read it.

      • 29th December 2013 / 4:26 pm

        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 πŸ˜€

        • 29th December 2013 / 4:28 pm

          I’m not sure I read your review! I’m going to now πŸ˜‰

  2. 30th December 2013 / 9:54 am

    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!

    • 30th December 2013 / 9:56 am

      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! πŸ™‚

  3. 30th December 2013 / 4:23 pm

    Ahhh I really need to get my hands on this!!

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