Book Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

21969786Title: More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness

Format/Length: Hardcover/480 pages

Publisher/Date Published: May 1st 2014/Walker Books Ltd

Category/Genre: Young Adult/Oh boy; I don’t even know how to categorize this novel? Science-Fiction? Mystery? You decide.

Source: Library

Description: 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?

4/5 stars –


What. A. Book.

Now, reading that, I suppose it could be interpreted any way — but really, this was a wonderful read! I now plan on reading every other novel that Patrick Ness had published. This was so fast-paced, so thrilling, that my heart was actually racing for parts of it. As you can see above, I’ve clearly had some issues pinning down the genre of this novel.

I should point out that More Than This is a novel left to your own interpretation.

At best, it was mysterious. At worst, it was down right confusing. And I think that was why I rated this four of five stars instead of five — because when I was done with this novel, it stuck with me. There were lingering questions left behind, and the ending in itself was fairly abrupt with not satisfying conclusion to the story. Though this novel is a standalone — and I’m glad it is, don’t get me wrong — but there were plenty of unanswered questions. Because of that, you’re either going to like this novel, or you’re not.

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Let’s talk about Patrick Ness’s writing for a moment, yes?

Clearly, I am going to have re-evaluate the way I view third person present tense. Before this novel I would have raised eyebrows at the thought of the novel written this way — because this was bloody amazingly written. By any other writer, this novel’s prose could have come off as being awkward and forced, but dang, did Ness pull it off well. If his other novels are written as half as well as More Than This was, then I know I’m going to like them.

This book had diversity!

There is quite a diverse cast of characters that were portrayed here. We’ve got Seth, our main character — who’s slowly revealed throughout the novel — Tomasz: the Polish kid who I found to be quite likeable, and Regine: the sassy, attitude-filled girl who took some time for me to warm up to, but as the novel progressed, I found myself liking her character more and more.

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I would not have read this book if it weren’t for the amount of people constantly rating it highly on their blogs.

This book — and the cover in particular — seemed to be everywhere for awhile. On Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, blogs . . . and I can’t resist hype, so when I saw it in my library, I thought I would finally cave in and see what all the fuss was about. It’s not a novel that everyone is going to like. That was my first thought when I finished reading More Than This. If you like mystery, open endings, and a book that will stay with you for days, you will very much like this book. But if you’re the sort of reader that needs to have every question answered, every loose end tied tightly into a knot — they you’re probably not going to like it as much. But give this book a go. You never know, you might like it more than you think!

My thoughts, though?  THIS WAS FANTASTIC.

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Have you read More Than This? And are you the sort of reader that needs every question to be answered? Or do you, like me, not mind having everything tied up?


9 thoughts on “Book Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

  1. Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! A Monster Calls is my favorite book ever so I have extremely high expectations for this one. I’m glad you like it so much!

  2. I like open endings and this book basically blew my mind. When I watched The Matrix it reminded me a LOT of that. Oh, and I absolutely LOVED Tomasz (although I have a feeling I’m still pronouncing his name wrong…haha, hype is a great tool to make me read a book, and I’m glad this one lived up to it for you!!

  3. I absolutely LOVED this book!!! It’s so mysterious and suspenseful and thought-provoking that as soon as I finished it I just wanted to read it over and over and over again. Have you read any of Patrick Ness’ other books? I haven’t, and I was wondering where to begin. Great review! :)

  4. I LOVED More Than This as well, it was definitely diverse and amazing! I’m so glad you picked it up because of the rave reviews because it deserves it – even though it had that weird open ending. I kind of liked interpreting it on my own you know? It made me think. Lovely review Kara!

  5. I haven’t read More Than This, but it’s definitely on my TBR now! I swear, you’re always causing me to add new books to my TBR ;D This sounds really interesting, albeit a bit strange. I’m glad that you liked it though! I’m willing to try it out now :D Great review!

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