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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? From multi-aw 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? From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.


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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? From multi-aw 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? From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.

30 review for More Than This

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    this book treated me like a dog treats a ragdoll. and i have no idea where to begin. patrick ness has written a game-changer that i'm not even really sure how to approach. this is a YA novel. i've lost half of you book snobs right there. but i think that is my point. YA has been breaking free of its presumed confines for years. when i was a teen, YA novels were largely disposable, empty-calorie entertainment trifles meant to keep us off the streets, off drugs, and not full of babies. they were e this book treated me like a dog treats a ragdoll. and i have no idea where to begin. patrick ness has written a game-changer that i'm not even really sure how to approach. this is a YA novel. i've lost half of you book snobs right there. but i think that is my point. YA has been breaking free of its presumed confines for years. when i was a teen, YA novels were largely disposable, empty-calorie entertainment trifles meant to keep us off the streets, off drugs, and not full of babies. they were either morally-didactic or cheesy horror-mysteries with very little intellectual fiber. and when i finally came around on the contemporary YA fiction bandwagon, i was impressed with both the variety of topics and treatment of those topics and most importantly, the range of sophistication of the writing itself. sure, loads of them are still silly and forgettable, but there are also complete gems of books out there for stronger, smarter teen readers looking to be exposed to something new, something challenging. and this book delivers that with a brainpunch i'm still feeling. this is how i felt after i read beauty queens, after i read piper's son,which while they are COMPLETELY different kinds of books, did things to me that i didn't think could still be done to me, not in YA anyway. which sounds like i am undermining what i just sad about YA-sophistication, but my reaction to these titles is more about my being completely knocked off-balance as a reader, and at having my expectations about the book completely rocked, but also my expectations about what books could be. does that make sense? because it's not that i am impressed that there are well written YA books out there - i'm beyond that realization. this is something more fundamentally mind-blowing. i promise there is a review coming, but i really gotta work through this here. i'm all gobsmacked. beauty queens stunned me by not being, as i had expected, about a bunch of lovely and spoiled girls going all lord of the flies and killing each other on a deserted island after a plane crash. in fact, it was the complete opposite of that storyline, which forced me to question what that said about me that i wanted that story in the first place, and brought a little tear to my soul and stirred up all the sisterhood feelings all bottled up in me. piper's son redefined the boundaries of YA commercially by having one of the two main characters be a fifty-something woman experiencing her first pregnancy. and it redefined the boundaries for me personally because it made me cry. and that doesn't happen. and this one. this one just takes genre and convention and coyly toys with it. when you think you know what is going on, when the characters think they know what is gong on, that's when things start to go all slipstream on you. more than this is like a giant book-jenga, with different kinds of books making up its tower, and just when you think you know what you are reading, that darn patrick ness will change the game slightly, yanking out a piece of the puzzle, slyly addressing what he is doing and what he is not doing and what he could be doing and letting the reader know that he knows what they are thinking, but think again, please! it is an aftermath novel. it is an afterlife novel. it is an afterlove novel. it is an afterloss novel. he pulls and teases and backtracks and sidetracks in this elegant dance of misdirection and metafiction. and then he does the unthinkable! and it's hard to even tiptoe around, and it may not count as spoiler but basically - (view spoiler)[nothing you think as a reader matters. the story itself does not matter. it's all just perception and opinion and "Oh, forget it," he says with feeling. "Nobody knows anything." (hide spoiler)] AND THAT IS ULTIMATE MINDFUNKERY!! and it becomes this crazytime philosophical and humanist exercise, but like if solipsistic humanism was a thing, you know? it blows my freaking mind with all my brainparts that still cannot comprehend that this is a freaking YA book. also - tomasz is the new manchee. and i love him. i can't do anything for this book. it's too much in my heart right now. come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    I like how I still don't know what happened. And I like how that was the point.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    Look. Here's the thing. I am not generous with my five star ratings. Five star readings must have shocked me or blown my mind or done something really original or otherwise awesome to get me to throw that final star in their direction. So a four star rating is, for me, really really good. I want you to remember that and realise how good this book is when I say I just expected something more from Ness. Let's make a joke about it: I just expected more than this. Ha. And maybe it's because I'm too har Look. Here's the thing. I am not generous with my five star ratings. Five star readings must have shocked me or blown my mind or done something really original or otherwise awesome to get me to throw that final star in their direction. So a four star rating is, for me, really really good. I want you to remember that and realise how good this book is when I say I just expected something more from Ness. Let's make a joke about it: I just expected more than this. Ha. And maybe it's because I'm too hard on Ness. Maybe it's because I expect him to continue churning out five star books as if it's as easy as breathing. But this book made me feel like something was missing. More Than This is a compelling read with a wonderful and diverse set of characters. It's creative and different. It has you on the edge of your seat, turning pages as fast as possible and making a nearly 500-page book fly by at an almost impossible speed. It's philosophical and clever. It's sad and creepy. It throws in some funny dialogue to lighten the incredibly dark mood. It's a great book. Really. And yet it felt like 480 pages of build-up that never actually reached a climax. But, honestly, I was never bored for a single second. I was mesmerized, horrified, confused, excited. So much so that I think the lack of a climax bothered me even more. This book is about existentialism. It's about those old questions: what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? What is "reality"? Is there a pattern amid this chaos or can it all really be random? And, of course, is there something more than this? Ness is a genius and I love what he does here. I love the message. I love that every answer opens up five more questions. I love that every time you and the characters think you know what's going on, he throws another surprise into the philosophical pot and stirs up this crazy story a bit more. And what it all comes down to, what this whole book is really doing, is answering that question above all questions: do any of the answers really matter anyway? Ness also finds himself back in familiar territory when telling the story of unlikely friendships blooming in the most unexpected places. He isn't the kind of author who wastes secondary characters and he delivers small pieces of heart-breaking humanity to even the most fleeting glimpses of those we never see again. I love authors that can do this. It lends an extra layer of believability to the story when it feels like that person who only appeared for a couple of pages went on living past what we saw of them. I was also delighted to see a gay protagonist; there is still nowhere near enough of them in YA books, but then I suppose Ness has never shied away from breaking the mold. I do love me some existentialist philosophy and More Than This is full of quotes that could give me goosebumps if I spent too long thinking about them. I guess there's always something a bit scary about it, isn't there? When some book (or whatever) lays out a haunting piece of truth that you didn't even realise you knew was true until you read or heard it. Then you're like: Oh shit, yeah. That's true. That's life. That's me. Ness just writes about things we all feel or worry about or obsess over. And he writes about it beautifully. Here's a couple of quotes I liked but there were so many more: "Haven't you ever felt like there has to be more? Like there's more out there somewhere, just beyond your grasp, if you could only get to it..." "People see stories everywhere," Regine says. "That's what my father used to say. We take random events and we put them together in a pattern so we can comfort ourselves with a story, no matter how much it obviously isn't true. We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we'd go crazy." So, believe me, I liked this. If you're excited about More Than This, you can stay excited. If you're thinking about maybe reading this, I say YES! If you didn't really like his other books but think this sounds pretty interesting, I again say YES because this isn't anything like his other books. It's just me, I guess, always expecting too much from Ness. Just being stupid. Just being human and always expecting more than this. Ha.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    “A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.” You should read this. Because it is beautiful. Because it is scary. Because it is mind-blowing. Because it is nothing like you expect it to be. Because it is hard not to love Tommy. Because it is a book like no other. Find more of my books on Instagram

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    A book that literally starts with the main character dying and waking up... that's how you make me pick up your book. More Than This is a YA coming of age book with some LGBTQ+ representation that follow the main character as he struggles to figure out if there's more after life. Very interesting concept, the book will keep you on your toes and the writing will keep you engage. (4.5) Totally recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    huh. what an interestingly bizarre story. ness’ ‘chaos walking’ trilogy is one of my favourite series ever, so i was very eager to finally read some of his other works - but this was not what i was expecting. it was a little strange, a little confusing, but somewhat intriguing. this rating probably deserves to be higher, but i just dont think i was in the right mindset for something that was so… out there. and i think i need to learn how to set a book aside when that happens and pick it up when im ready huh. what an interestingly bizarre story. ness’ ‘chaos walking’ trilogy is one of my favourite series ever, so i was very eager to finally read some of his other works - but this was not what i was expecting. it was a little strange, a little confusing, but somewhat intriguing. this rating probably deserves to be higher, but i just dont think i was in the right mindset for something that was so… out there. and i think i need to learn how to set a book aside when that happens and pick it up when im ready, rather than just pushing through it, because its not really fair to the book. and theres honestly nothing wrong with this story - the ending was actually quite moving - it just caught me at a bad time and didnt really hold my interest as much as i wanted it to. however, i will say this is the perfect book for someone looking for a well-written but quirky sci-fi/dystopian novel that develops nicely into a lovely message! ↠ 3 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I'm not sure what I was expecting that to be, but it was not that....in the best way possible. I loved the characters and the plot and the world......but I don't really want to say much about them. I'm of the opinion of most everyone else that you should go in knowing as little as possible about this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brigid ✩

    After reading: GOD DAMN IT PATRICK NESS. GOD. DAMN. ITTTTTTTT. Well. I guess it's no secret that I'm obsessed with Patrick Ness's work and I worship the ground he walks on and yada yada. I anticipated this book for a long time and then put off reading it forever because ... I don't know, I guess I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But I shouldn't have doubted, because this book was fantastic. Very emotional, intense, vivid, and engaging, and wi After reading: GOD DAMN IT PATRICK NESS. GOD. DAMN. ITTTTTTTT. Well. I guess it's no secret that I'm obsessed with Patrick Ness's work and I worship the ground he walks on and yada yada. I anticipated this book for a long time and then put off reading it forever because ... I don't know, I guess I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But I shouldn't have doubted, because this book was fantastic. Very emotional, intense, vivid, and engaging, and with a great cast of characters. There are still some things about it that confused me, and I have to digest it for a while ... but over all I still loved it. Not as much as the Chaos Walking series (although I kind of doubt I'll ever love anything that much) but it was still amazing. Full review: Coming eventually! ----------- Before reading: UPDATE: AAHHH NOW THERE'S AN EXCERPT. OMGGGG. Ugh it was too short. But it was beautifully written and so mysterious and intriguing and I NEED THIS BOOK NOW. ---------- ---------- WHAT? WHAT IS THIS? WHAT IS THIS MYSTERIOUS NEW PATRICK NESS BOOK? WHERE IS IT? WHAT IS IT ABOUT? I AM FREAKING OUT HERE. Well, whatever it is, I'm sure it'll be amazing as balls because everything Patrick Ness touches turns to gold. WORSHIP WORSHIP. UPDATE: OH MY GOD THERE'S A COVER AND THERE'S A DESCRIPTION, OH MY GOD. THE COVER. IT'S SO COOL. VERY SIMPLE BUT VERY COOL. AND THE DESCRIPTION. IT SOUNDS SO MYSTERIOUS AND CREEPY AND BADASS AND I CAN'T FREAKING WAIT.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    Is this book really going to break my heart? because I have EYES and I'm not afraid to CRY

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    "People see stories everywhere," Regine says. "That's what my father used to say. We take random events and we put them together in a pattern so we can comfort ourselves with a story, no matter how much it obviously isn't true. We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we'd go crazy." This is a book about hope. More Than This is about existentialism and is stuffed with insane plot twists. Yes, true. But more importantly, this book tells us there's always hope, as long as we hold on, as long as we don't l "People see stories everywhere," Regine says. "That's what my father used to say. We take random events and we put them together in a pattern so we can comfort ourselves with a story, no matter how much it obviously isn't true. We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we'd go crazy." This is a book about hope. More Than This is about existentialism and is stuffed with insane plot twists. Yes, true. But more importantly, this book tells us there's always hope, as long as we hold on, as long as we don't let go. It's such an important message and it's so well executed and I just love terrible books with hopeful endings?? So much?? More Than This follows a boy who dies and wakes up in his childhood home in England, thinking he's in hell. From there, things get weirder... and more intriguing. All you really need to know is that I picked this up at 9 pm, thinking I would just read a bit before bed. I somehow finished at 1 am - yes, I did read this 500+ page book in four hours flat - and I don't even regret it. ♔ The plot is mind-blowing. Every twist is built up so well and makes so much sense, but there's no way to guess any of these twists. Nothing's out of left field, but you don't see any of them coming either. It's the perfect balance. Ness makes the book so suspenseful and intriguing it's impossible to put down. This is a 480-page book, and I did not put it down once. ♚ While parts are open to interpretation, and the ending is a bit open, this book doesn't completely leave you hanging. There are answers to the big questions in the actual plot. But given that this book is about mortality, don't expect to get through this without analyzing it and asking yourself "What does this even mean??" ♔ I know a few reviewers hate the ending, but I somewhat... adore the ending. Okay, it's a little confusing, but it doesn't feel like copy-out. I think the somewhat open ending was fitting for this story - it's hopeful, but not unconditionally happy than anything we could've gotten otherwise, let's face it. ♚ Despite being written in third person, it's easy to feel empathy for the main character, Seth. Seth feels like a real, fully formed person; he is just that well-written. His relationship made me cry actual tears. There are so many multifaceted, developed side characters here as well - no one is one-off. VERDICT: A powerful, well-written, and mindblowing story. I honestly cannot recommend this enough— it's just too good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    What a strange story. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s weird… and very much of the unbelievable sort. Patrick Ness doesn’t care, though. He likes to confuse the reader. At least twenty times throughout the novel, Seth says he ‘‘remembers’’ and ‘‘understands,’’ when in fact it’s a lie. Well it is original, that’s indubitable. Seth wakes up in an empty world after drowning. Later on, he finds two other… survivors? Apparently, he woke up from the virtual world he was living in. That’s all I c What a strange story. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s weird… and very much of the unbelievable sort. Patrick Ness doesn’t care, though. He likes to confuse the reader. At least twenty times throughout the novel, Seth says he ‘‘remembers’’ and ‘‘understands,’’ when in fact it’s a lie. Well it is original, that’s indubitable. Seth wakes up in an empty world after drowning. Later on, he finds two other… survivors? Apparently, he woke up from the virtual world he was living in. That’s all I can say. It’s not enough, and yet, it’s dangerously too much. I liked the alternation between past and present. The memories were interesting and helped me care about Seth. We do not know about the people he meets as we do about him however. This reinforces the idea that it’s all in Seth’s head. But it’s not… really. Or is it? Who knows? Not even the author does. The message is great. This might not exactly be my type of novel. After all, I rarely read science fiction and prefer clarity to confusion, but I do admire important themes well explored. Everyone who chose to be part of the virtual reality did so to escape, but Seth makes us realize that even when things get rough, ugly and post-apocalyptic, we should still hope for a better future and find beauty in the darkness… companionship especially. This is a long book. Too long in my opinion. Could have been edited, condensed better. Interesting story (what I understood of it) and great pacing. Relatable hero and entertaining, if somewhat melodramatic sidekicks. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Um...er...huh. Well. ---------------- Okay, so, I totally don't know what to make of Patrick Ness at this point. I hated The Knife of Never Letting Go (couldn't even finish it), and absolutely loved A Monster Calls. This? Like I said. I think the concept is pretty interesting up to a point. And I liked the characters up to a point. And the various mysteries kept me interested up to a point. And, okay, the very very end is really good. I get what Ness is saying Um...er...huh. Well. ---------------- Okay, so, I totally don't know what to make of Patrick Ness at this point. I hated The Knife of Never Letting Go (couldn't even finish it), and absolutely loved A Monster Calls. This? Like I said. I think the concept is pretty interesting up to a point. And I liked the characters up to a point. And the various mysteries kept me interested up to a point. And, okay, the very very end is really good. I get what Ness is saying here (I think?), but I wish this book were only about half as long as it actually is. And I wish that the action were less over-the-top-sci-fi-action-movie ridiculous and that the creepy parts were...creepier. And I wish I had been more convinced by Thomasz's speech patterns. The thing is, I really enjoyed the beginning. And then I found myself like 150 pages in and still nothing much had happened. And by the time stuff finally did start happening and new characters got introduced and things started to be explained a little (or at least postulated about), I just didn't really care all that much anymore. I never did manage to connect again (ha!). I think that for whatever reason the real life and sci-fi aspects just didn't mesh well for me, maybe because I had a hard time taking either world seriously--neither ended up feeling entirely believable to me. I don't know, maybe that's the point. Anyway, in the end this one is more like a 2.5 for me. Definitely more than just okay, but I really can't quite say that I liked it. Does that make me a horrible person? :(

  13. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    This is a genius idea for a book. It's hard to talk about because it's great going into without knowing much, but I will say I really enjoyed this. From the gay main character to the addicting premise, it was fabulous. I just found myself not really able to connect to the characters, and the ending was a bit too ambiguous for me. But I highly recommend this!

  14. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Q: Know yourself and go in swinging... (c) And the book does exactly that. Speculative fiction cross dystopian cross teenage drama at its best. Q: A book... It's a world all on its own, too. ... A world made of words... where you live for a while. ... And then it's over... (c) Q: People see stories everywhere...We take random events and we put them together in a pattern so we can comfort ourselves with a story, no matter how much it obviously isn't true...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    This book will screw with your head. (But in a good way.) 😅 A boy drowns alone, in a turbulent cold dark ocean, waves smashing him into unforgiving rocks. He succumbs to broken bones, lack of oxygen, and hypothermia.... and dies. Then he wakes up. WAIT. Whaaaaaa?? Seth finds himself naked, dirty, and thirsty, lying on an empty sidewalk. Not another soul in sight. Ummm..... WHERE IS HE? What is this abandoned place? Is he...... DEAD??? What is happening? This This book will screw with your head. (But in a good way.) 😅 A boy drowns alone, in a turbulent cold dark ocean, waves smashing him into unforgiving rocks. He succumbs to broken bones, lack of oxygen, and hypothermia.... and dies. Then he wakes up. WAIT. Whaaaaaa?? Seth finds himself naked, dirty, and thirsty, lying on an empty sidewalk. Not another soul in sight. Ummm..... WHERE IS HE? What is this abandoned place? Is he...... DEAD??? What is happening? This story takes you on a quest to answer those same questions.... What is life? Is it real? Is it imagined? Are we dreaming? What happens when we die? Is there more than this? More than we currently know? The ending is open to interpretation, but you're given enough information to be able to decide what you believe it means. This is a heart-stopping sci-fi read that really makes you think.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    Oh, it's Ness review-writing time? Here's the thing with reviewing Patrick Ness books: I don't want you to read reviews of Patrick Ness books. I want to Panda slap your laptop out of your hand before allowing you to read any details about Patrick Ness books. I want you to skip GO, do not collect $200 dollars and JUST FREAKING READ THEM ALREADY. Save the review browsing for after. Which might be a bit scandalous to say as Oh, it's Ness review-writing time? Here's the thing with reviewing Patrick Ness books: I don't want you to read reviews of Patrick Ness books. I want to Panda slap your laptop out of your hand before allowing you to read any details about Patrick Ness books. I want you to skip GO, do not collect $200 dollars and JUST FREAKING READ THEM ALREADY. Save the review browsing for after. Which might be a bit scandalous to say as a book blogger (goodbye page views!) but: 1) I don't want you to get spoiled because part of the fun of reading Ness is feeling like you are a reaction GIF brought to life, and 2) Preconceptions and Ness books just don't mix. Your brain will try to fill in the blanks and make assumptions--specifically that you can try and guess where the story is going in Part One. Patrick Ness will smile to himself, suddenly amused on the other side of the planet, not quite knowing why. Part Two comes around and you'll chuckle ruefully. That Ness, he gets you every time! But you've read a book before, you know where Part Three is going, right? RIGHT? Part Four comes along and there you are lying in the fetal position in your driveway as Ness lays down rubber doing donuts around you while screaming "MWAHAHAHAHA!" out the window. We've all been there. I always thought one of the best things about Patrick Ness was the beauty of not being sure where he was leading you but being willing to open up and experience the journey. Ness has made that thought into a book. "I'll just see", he says. "That's all I'll do. I'll just see what's next." What's next takes the universal feeling of being sure there must be More Than This, focuses it into a tight close up shot of a teenage boy's dying face and then pulls it back all the way to the atmosphere. Detailed personal agonies let go to boundless breadths of emotion. I somehow didn't cry until page 381. More Than This is unconventional. It might test your patience and expectations as a reader. But, as a reader, haven't you ever read a book and wondered, isn't there more than this? Well, my dears. This is it. 4.5 stars This review originally appeared at Young Adult Anonymous YAA received an ARC of this book from the publishers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    While I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, my overall impression of this book may this time be a spoiler in itself, so proceed with caution! This is a fairly mind warping dystopian mystery left open to so much interpretation after 470 pages, it's kind of amazing. I mean, after that many pages you would think you have some pretty good idea about what is going on. But, instead, each page adds more to the mystery. This book was very easy to be intrigued by. The writing is very good and the troubled characters While I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, my overall impression of this book may this time be a spoiler in itself, so proceed with caution! This is a fairly mind warping dystopian mystery left open to so much interpretation after 470 pages, it's kind of amazing. I mean, after that many pages you would think you have some pretty good idea about what is going on. But, instead, each page adds more to the mystery. This book was very easy to be intrigued by. The writing is very good and the troubled characters fascinating. Sometimes dystopias can be cheesy and/or way too unbelievable to be taken seriously. But, in this one it was so well presented I just wanted to find out more. Also, I give this book a big thumbs up for keeping me interested and not wanting to put it down. If asked to come up with a complaint, the only thing might be a little repetition here and there, but not enough to ruin it. Also, some of the ideas are not completely original in sci-fi, but not so much to feel like any of it was taken word for word or idea for idea - just shades of other sci-fi tropes. Dystopian/speculative fiction fans, if you haven't read this, you should. It may become one of your new favorites!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Grace (BURTSBOOKS)

    um, hi, no one talks about this and it pisses me off. Want a book that tackles topics such as suicide, mental illness, sexuality and homophobia in respectful and realistic ways??? Do you also want entertainment, to die for characters, political intrigue and all that sci-fi goodness?? Read this book. Stop what you're doing and read this book. It might have been lost in the surplus of new releases over the past few years but it still rings so true, and I will never not recommend this book to every um, hi, no one talks about this and it pisses me off. Want a book that tackles topics such as suicide, mental illness, sexuality and homophobia in respectful and realistic ways??? Do you also want entertainment, to die for characters, political intrigue and all that sci-fi goodness?? Read this book. Stop what you're doing and read this book. It might have been lost in the surplus of new releases over the past few years but it still rings so true, and I will never not recommend this book to everyone. It is absolutely chilling and in the best way possible.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    4.5 stars Terrific blend of I Am Legend + Twilight Zone + The Matrix. I don't love the implied cautionary tale re: technology, but I do love the story structure, characters, and writing. Thomasz has particularly great speech patterns and dialogue, and the story never feels cliche or boring--no small feat when the first 30% consists almost entirely of Seth on his own. Best read knowing as little about it as possible.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    I honestly have no idea what to say about the book. To be honest, it was a bit slow and up to more than 250 pages, I was still debating with myself on whether to finish it or not but there is just something about the book which I could not explain that manages to pull me back into it. It’s probably the author’s ability to make the reader ponder on life’s meaning and ambiguities. I guess it’s called "More Than This" for a reason. True to its title, it is going to be more than what you think it is. I I honestly have no idea what to say about the book. To be honest, it was a bit slow and up to more than 250 pages, I was still debating with myself on whether to finish it or not but there is just something about the book which I could not explain that manages to pull me back into it. It’s probably the author’s ability to make the reader ponder on life’s meaning and ambiguities. I guess it’s called "More Than This" for a reason. True to its title, it is going to be more than what you think it is. In the end, some might get pissed while some might be surprised. I was both. To others, that’s the strongest recommendation there is. ;) For an actual, more helpful review, do check out one of my buddies’ review. . Belated happy birthday, Will! I hope you had a special and memorable day. ;)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    Either Jean-Paul Sartre gave me my quota of existentialism for a lifetime (I really do love him, though) Or My reading slump is worst than I thought. (unfortunately, I'd say ) I shall come back to More Than This someday. Everyone has been telling me to read a favorite author's novel when nothing* works. Hey, now, that's not as if I didn't think about it. But, well... Too bad I'm an obsessive reader who needs to read EVERYTHING all at once, let's say. If only I had any Melina Marchetta left. Sigh. I kept looking at my fave autho Either ① Jean-Paul Sartre gave me my quota of existentialism for a lifetime (I really do love him, though) Or ② My reading slump is worst than I thought. (unfortunately, I'd say ②) I shall come back to More Than This someday. Everyone has been telling me to read a favorite author's novel when nothing* works. Hey, now, that's not as if I didn't think about it. But, well... Too bad I'm an obsessive reader who needs to read EVERYTHING all at once, let's say. If only I had any Melina Marchetta left. Sigh. I kept looking at my fave authors' pages in case I forgot one, but no such luck. Until Patrick Ness. Surprise, surprise, he is the only one who escaped my rush. He will do he must do. *Books I started today, FYI : The Last Wish : attention span < 0 All the Light We Cannot See : words words words The Way of Shadows : ugh - what's this writing Under the Never Sky : I don't caaaaaaaaaaare The Reapers are the Angels : maybe later Malice : been there done that The Serpent King : not in the mood Origin : how about no I kid you NOT. Honestly, I spend more time choosing my book than reading it lately. Ugh. #Slump

  22. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    “Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.” _________________________________ Actual rating: 4.5 Stars Patrick Ness has sold me on all of his other books by reading this one. I've read A Monster Calls and immediately after finishing More Than This, I decided to order the Chaos Walking Trilogy. I will buy anything this man writes. 1) The Plot This book startsclass="gr-hostedUserImg">_________________________________Actual “Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.” _________________________________ Actual rating: 4.5 Stars Patrick Ness has sold me on all of his other books by reading this one. I've read A Monster Calls and immediately after finishing More Than This, I decided to order the Chaos Walking Trilogy. I will buy anything this man writes. 1) The Plot This book starts off with our main character's, Seth, death. He remembers dying but when he wakes up, he isn't dead. He wakes up by himself in an abandoned place that he thinks is his own personal hell. He starts wondering if there is (wait for it) more than this. (Get it?) I know it's cheesy, but I had to. This book will make you question everything you know. This book is so thought-provoking, and a book that will take your brain on a roller coaster. This would make one hell of a movie. Upon finishing... 2) The Characters This book mostly resolves around Seth and I really love Seth. I can relate to some of Seth's experiences, and I found him to be very relatable. I liked all of the other side characters, too! There isn't that much to say about the characters, so on to the next category. 3)The Writing I could read Patrick Ness's writing until the day I die. His writing makes you feel like you are there in the story. His writing is so descriptive and immersive. I love his writing, and I must read more! 4) Conclusion This book was wonderful, SO close to being five full stars. If you want a book that will mess your mind up, then this is the book for you. Really enjoyed it, would highly recommend. ★★★★.5/ 5 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trudi

    Patrick Ness is a magnificent storyteller and master wordsmith in possession of a vibrant imagination. His Chaos Walking trilogy is tremendously unique and exciting, and his A Monster Calls brought me to my knees with its merciless emotional elegance and purity of Truth. More Than This shows glimpses of greatness, but never quite reaches that level of soul-satisfying, heart-stopping, mind-melting resolution for me. It's an existential tale of seeking -- the search for meaning, for Truth, for understanding and forgiven Patrick Ness is a magnificent storyteller and master wordsmith in possession of a vibrant imagination. His Chaos Walking trilogy is tremendously unique and exciting, and his A Monster Calls brought me to my knees with its merciless emotional elegance and purity of Truth. More Than This shows glimpses of greatness, but never quite reaches that level of soul-satisfying, heart-stopping, mind-melting resolution for me. It's an existential tale of seeking -- the search for meaning, for Truth, for understanding and forgiveness and discovery of self -- where redemption and final destination are displaced for the all important journey. This is a story without a climax, a story which poses many questions and offers no definitive answers. Is it a metaphor? An allegory? A sci-fi adventure? (view spoiler)[A Matrix re-boot with a Terminator-esque cyborg gone bad? (hide spoiler)] The characters are great. I loved them. Especially Tomasz. I want an entire book just of that kid. Seth's back story and his relationship with Gudmund (while taking up very few pages of the novel) burns bright, so vivid, so emotional. I quickly became astonishingly invested in their story after only a few scenes, in what they meant to each other and how they expressed their thoughts and feelings. So tenderly realized. There were times I did not want to return to the "other story" going on, I so wanted to stay with these two and find out everything about them -- everything that came before and everything to come after. Patrick Ness, you need to write a love story. I believe you have it in you to break all of our hearts. But this is not that book. This is something else. It defies categorization, and sometimes that's a wonderful, brilliant thing. Here, I'm left feeling a little let down and yearning for more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. F***. Patrick Ness just outdid himself.

  25. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I've read. Judging by some of the other one-star reviews on Goodreads written by fans of his other books (particularly the Chaos Walking trilogy), More Than This may not be a very good representation of his work. Unfortunately, it was my first exposure to the author, and it didn't make a very good first impression. In fact, it made an awful one. The synopsis of this book makes it sound like it might be some sort of philosophically deep psychological th This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I've read. Judging by some of the other one-star reviews on Goodreads written by fans of his other books (particularly the Chaos Walking trilogy), More Than This may not be a very good representation of his work. Unfortunately, it was my first exposure to the author, and it didn't make a very good first impression. In fact, it made an awful one. The synopsis of this book makes it sound like it might be some sort of philosophically deep psychological thriller. What this book actually is, however, is an implausible, unoriginal sci-fi dystopian that rambles through almost five hundred pages just to come to the conclusion that life is uncertain and nobody has all the answers. There's no resolution to the ridiculous plot. We don't even know what's real and what isn't. The characterization was weak. Beyond the racial stereotypes of the angry black woman and the Polish kid whose English (supposedly gleaned from English-language movies) sounds more like something he picked up from other non-English speakers ("She would very much like to be hearing you talk this way. Yes, she would be very much liking this indeed."), we have Seth, who might as well have been any other teenage boy. He's gay, he likes to run, and he blames himself for a tragedy in his past. Beyond this, his character isn't really developed. The pace and writing, though, were what had me making copious angry notes. I'd heard that Patrick Ness was a really good writer. Well, I'm sorry, but I don't think that someone who doesn't know the difference between further and farther, between who and whom, and between any more and anymore; who has his characters shrug, smile, nod, and frown their speech; and who continually says things like "nothing still happens" is a very good writer. In fact, with the exception of that last example (which may or may not be some weird regional thing), those are pretty basic concepts that a writer -- and an editor -- should know. And this book was excruciatingly slow. I almost gave up at the point where it took Seth a couple of pages just to decide whether or not to pass through a doorway. So much of the story seemed dragged out unnecessarily. There would be parts where one of the characters would imply that they had an answer to something they'd been wondering, but then it was almost as if they said, "I know, but I'm not going to tell you!" This happened more than once, and it was extremely frustrating. Just get on with it. The narrative is mostly from Seth's point of view (third person, present tense), and it's often in a stream-of-consciousness style. I say "often", because it wasn't really consistent. Some parts read like a middle-grade action novel while other parts read (or wanted to be) like deadly serious literary fiction; the last chapter was especially treacly. There were flashbacks throughout the story, which were related in the past tense. I thought, perhaps, there was a clue within them that would lead to some earth-shattering realization and make everything in the rest of the book make sense. But they were even weaker and more boring than the main narrative, and perhaps ultimately pointless (depending on your interpretation of the ending). I also didn't think this book was very original. Large parts of the plot seemed like a direct ripoff from sci-fi movies like The Matrix. But, unlike that story, More Than This didn't offer any plausible explanations (or a coherent timeline) for why things were the way they were. The only way the plot even makes sense is if More Than This takes place in a parallel universe, where they somehow went from the technological level of using CRT monitors and not having cell phones to suddenly being able to breed human beings in sophisticated computerized coffins while their consciousnesses are otherwise occupied in an illusory online world. That's quite a technological leap. I kept waiting for there to be something more to More Than This, but, ironically, there wasn't. In the end, I found it trite, preachy, unsophisticated, and unsatisfying. Maybe the author's other books are better than this one, and maybe they're not. But I'm afraid he's used up my goodwill for now. I'm off to read something better, something more. That shouldn't be too hard. http://theladybugreads.blogspot.ca/20...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5 huge stars for one of my favourite books of all time! So. Damn. Good. Always wishing for a sequel as that ending is JAW DROPPING because you REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MAIN CHARACTER. What is it with Patrick Ness and cliffhangers anyway? I've read 7 of his books (this was the first I read) and four of the ones I've read (including all books in the chaos walking trilogy) ended with cliffhangers? I NEED MORE SEQUELS. - This is me reading this the sec 5 huge stars for one of my favourite books of all time! So. Damn. Good. Always wishing for a sequel as that ending is JAW DROPPING because you REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MAIN CHARACTER. What is it with Patrick Ness and cliffhangers anyway? I've read 7 of his books (this was the first I read) and four of the ones I've read (including all books in the chaos walking trilogy) ended with cliffhangers? I NEED MORE SEQUELS. - This is me reading this the second time round and I have to say I enjoyed it slightly less but it still had me feeling most of the emotions from the first read. This time I noticed I liked the first half of the book (where the ONLY character is Seth for about 170 pages of the book) more than the second half, when others are introduced, however I still enjoyed it immensely. This is easily still my favourite Patrick Ness book close to the Chaos Walking trilogy. Would recommend if you like something a bit philosophical and out of your comfort zone, it does get weird. (but amazing)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    THAT WAS DEEP.

  28. 4 out of 5

    shady boots | #WatchPOSE

    Patrick Ness? More like Patrick YESSSSSSSSSS. Man, did this book give my mind a hard fucking. It's the kind of book that, from the very first page, immediately makes you want to know: A.) What happened, B.) What is happening, and C.) What's going to happen. Of course, those three questions would only be three out of the seven hundred and fifty thousand nine hundred and twenty six other questions you'll have swirling around in your head, and unfortunately only half of that Patrick Ness? More like Patrick YESSSSSSSSSS. Man, did this book give my mind a hard fucking. It's the kind of book that, from the very first page, immediately makes you want to know: A.) What happened, B.) What is happening, and C.) What's going to happen. Of course, those three questions would only be three out of the seven hundred and fifty thousand nine hundred and twenty six other questions you'll have swirling around in your head, and unfortunately only half of that will probably get answered in the end. This book is definitely a play-with-your-mind, makes-you-question-your-existence-and-contemplate-reality, will-possibly-give-you-many-a-nightmares-for-a-significant-amount-of-time kind of wonderful. Loved every second of it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sh3lly

    That is how I felt when the book ended. I've suffered from existential depression on and off basically my whole life. I've spent hours upon hours wondering: what's the purpose of life, why am I here, what am I supposed to do, what else is out there. I truly believe there is so much more going on than we are aware of. I'm a thinker, an analyzer, a worrier... so this book was right up my alley. I loved the diversity of the characters. The main character is (I'm putting it in a spoiler in case you don't want to know That is how I felt when the book ended. I've suffered from existential depression on and off basically my whole life. I've spent hours upon hours wondering: what's the purpose of life, why am I here, what am I supposed to do, what else is out there. I truly believe there is so much more going on than we are aware of. I'm a thinker, an analyzer, a worrier... so this book was right up my alley. I loved the diversity of the characters. The main character is (I'm putting it in a spoiler in case you don't want to know yet) (view spoiler)[ gay (hide spoiler)] , one supporting character is a "plus size" British girl, and the other is a young Polish tween. This book may have two of my favorite supporting characters ever. Regine and Tommy were awesome. It has very deep and melancholy subjects that are dealt with: (view spoiler)[ suicide, parental neglect and emotional abandonment, bullying, violent death, true love. (hide spoiler)] Parts of the book were kind of heartbreaking to read. I felt like this book had a lot of potential. I guess just the fact that it makes you think means something. But the execution left me feeling a bit meh. The first part of the book was kind of slow and that lasts for about 160 pages. I can see people abandoning it because not much seems to happen during that time. The answer to what was going on left me feeling unsatisfied with a lot of unanswered questions. This reminded me of The Matrix a lot, but not as cool. I was also disappointed that (view spoiler)[ they just decided to GO BACK in the program after everything. That seemed weird to me. I wanted them to fight against it more and start planning to wake people up, learn to survive in the world everyone left behind. Instead, it was the opposite. Everyone was left asleep and the main character even wanted to go back and keep living the fake life in the program with his family and friends. Really? That's it? (hide spoiler)] The idea was cool, but it ended up being disappointing. Still, I enjoyed it, it's a quick read. I just wanted there to be more to it than there was.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mai

    G A M E O V E R Review Updat: I just noticed that Patrick Ness chose only one design for the cover for all editions and versions, and it doesn't take an FBI agent to divulge the deepest, darkest secrets of the mysterious book cover, and to why Patrick Ness has never changed it. I feel like I've been severely beaten up by an Arnold Schwarzenegger, I mean, I'm seriously sore all over, and I thought a human being can't have a sore brain, but oh, there's always more to everythi G A M E O V E R Review Updat: I just noticed that Patrick Ness chose only one design for the cover for all editions and versions, and it doesn't take an FBI agent to divulge the deepest, darkest secrets of the mysterious book cover, and to why Patrick Ness has never changed it. I feel like I've been severely beaten up by an Arnold Schwarzenegger, I mean, I'm seriously sore all over, and I thought a human being can't have a sore brain, but oh, there's always more to everything. I've never thought that an inanimate object as innocent as a book would actually have this effect on me. I've been flipping through the pages and every page felt like a punch in the stomach, face, nose, even a poke in the eye! I'm beaten up and I like it. I didn't expect this book to go like that, I didn't expect to enter such a game, all pixels and Super Mario-ish things. I was fighting to understand or to help the characters understand what was going on but even when I did Patrick Ness would simply prove us all wrong, would send a blow that'd throw away every stupid conclusion because it's not it, it's always more than you think always more than you read! The writing was mesmerizing, wicked and beautiful. The gay main character was a soft, down to earth and broken human being who is loved at first sight, I loved him and his soft confused voice. The characters were so REAL, the only real thing about this book but you wouldn't know where they really do belong to. I think the idea of the book is pretty clear, but it's been beautifully put in such a wonderful/incredible way that you just want the book to go on forever, you would want to know the more and the more and the more. You'd want more than this. Always. Nothing you'll ever read in this book is right, nor wrong for that matter. Unless Patrick Ness reveals what this book really is, we won't know for sure and we all will stick to our weak conclusions. No two persons ever read the same More Than This.

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