More Than This

More Than This

Patrick Ness / Jan 23, 2020

More Than This A boy called Seth drowns desperate and alone in his final moments losing his life as the pounding sea claims him But then he wakes He is naked thirsty starving But alive How is that possible He re

  • Title: More Than This
  • Author: Patrick Ness
  • ISBN: 9781406350470
  • Page: 362
  • Format: ebook
  • A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him But then he wakes He is naked, thirsty, starving But alive How is that possible He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks So how is he is here And where is this place It looks like the suburban English town where he livedA boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him But then he wakes He is naked, thirsty, starving But alive How is that possible He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks So how is he is here And where is this place It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned What s going on And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem real than the world around him Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be than just this

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      • Patrick Ness

        Patrick Ness, an award winning novelist, has written for England s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children s Book Award Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.


    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. “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

    4. 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. Ther [...]

    5. I'm not sure what I was expecting that to be, but it was not that the best way possible.I loved the characters and the plot and the worldbut 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!

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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!

    8. Um.h.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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 thi [...]

    11. 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.

    12. 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 lef [...]

    13. “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 StarsPatrick 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 PlotThis book starts off with our main character' [...]

    14. 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 und [...]

    15. G A M E O V E RReview 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 th [...]

    16. "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 [...]

    17. Okay, first of all, I just want to say that no book should ever end like this. And I mean it. The ending was torture. I know there was a reason behind that ending and I do get it now that I've thought a lot about this book, but still I hated the way the story was left off! Because after completely confusing myself over the logic behind this book and getting confused even more, I expected more than this. (see what I did there?) But since I don't want my review to come off as a rant,( it's not, gu [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. I think Patrick Ness just loves writing about survival. I know this probably sounds weird coming from somebody who’s only read two books by him (The Knife of Never Letting Go and obviously, More Than This), but while these books had completely different plot lines and characters, I couldn’t help but see the similarities. They both had very different, yet very distinct voices and were about people who are fighting to survive in their own way, while also questioning their existence, the meanin [...]

    20. Well I've cried all my mascara off and now I'm just sitting here sniffling on the couch and having an existential crisis. But it's cool.Review to come when I can deal with what the fuck this book did to me.Know yourself and go in swinging. If it hurts when you hit it, it might be real, too.Well. It's been a month. And I still can't deal with all of the emotions this book gave me. Do you want to know how many times I cried reading this? It basically karate kicked my brain multiple times.However m [...]

    21. This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I've read. Judging by some of the other one-star reviews on 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. Wh [...]

    22. 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, andC.) 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 i [...]

    23. ”Know yourself and go in swinging…”It is no secret around here that Patrick Ness is one of my favorite writers. I can’t help yelling my love from the rooftops! Writing it across the sky! Cheering and chanting any chance I get. But let’s see if I can explain why. Have you ever forgotten the more in life? Forgot to see the more behind the hurt grinding away at us? We all break, stumble, and hurt. But sometimes we just cannot see beyond the tragedy, overwhelming-can’t-breath pain, and h [...]

    24. Have you ever thought if there's life after death? I have. But calm down, I'm not gonna fill this review with existentialist wonderings, and neither am I gonna lie to you and say More Than This brings an answer to that ever-existing dilemma.What More Than This does, though, is play with the idea - or question - of "is there more to this?". "This" being anything that can come to your mind, be it life, death, a book or movie, etc.The means to do that is through Seth's story, a boy of seventeen who [...]

    25. 3.75* The writing was fantastic, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Honestly it was an incredible book, but not the kind I like to read, thus the slightly low rating.

    26. I could probably write something about this book but this journey will be more fun if you don't know where you are going.I can only say that if you are fan of Patrick Ness than this book is must read.It's as good as his books get.

    27. The first book I read by Patrick Ness was A Monster Calls. I went into that book thinking it was one thing and got completely knocked off my ass finding out it wasn't. I thought I was smarter this time around. I thought I would be on my toes, ready for anything Mr. Ness would throw my way. I thought I was prepared. All I got was flashbacks of this.More Than This introduces us to Seth. A teenage boy that has had his skull smashed like an egg on the ocean rocks. Seth, a boy that is dead. He's dead [...]

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